Valiant Hearts: The Great War is an epic war story played out on Windows 10

Valiant Hearts: The Great War is a rather unique Windows 10 game that places you in various stages of World War I. Available for both Windows 10 Mobile and PC, the game includes a nice mix of exploration, action and puzzle solving.

The graphics are stunning and reminiscent of a graphic novel and there are plenty of factoids throughout Valiant Hearts: The Great War to give you a historical perspective. Gameplay nicely tests your powers of observation, timing and puzzle solving skills.

Valiant Hearts: The Great War is a unique Windows 10 title and an immersive game to spend a little time with.

Valiant Hearts: The Great War

The primary menu for Valiant Hearts: The Great War includes options to jump into gameplay, view exclusive content that includes two graphic short stories, access to the gaming store and access to Valiant Heart's settings.

Settings for Valiant Hearts includes options to reset the game, view your control options, turn on/off the hints (Veteran Mode), turn on/off story sub-titles and view the credits. With respect to gaming controls, Valiant Hearts supports touchscreen gestures, keyboard controls, mouse controls and Xbox controllers on the PC.

The free version of Valiant Hearts: The Great War that is available in the Windows 10 Store includes the first episode of the story. The additional episodes are available through in-app purchases that range from $0.99 and up depending on how you bundle the additional episodes. While the first episode is enough to either sell you on the game or for you to give it a pass, in-app purchases with Valiant Hearts has a bug. You can see the episodes to purchase, but no price is listed. When you go to buy the episode a "Please Check Your Internet Connection" error is displayed.

Hopefully, this bug can be addressed by the developers. Otherwise, you are limited to the first episode that doesn't take long to complete.

Valiant Hearts: The Great War

In-app purchase bugs aside, Valiant Hearts: The Great War is an entertaining, eye-appealing game to spend time with. The first episode has you playing the role of Emile, a Frenchman thrown into the turmoil of the War. You guide Emile through his enlistment, basic training and first encounter with the battle. The game does include tutorials to walk you through the gesture-based controls during this first episode and as new controls become available in the game.

Valiant Hearts: The Great War also has plenty of pop-up windows to offer clues as to your actions. Gameplay involves scavenger hunt styled puzzles, action scenes and logic styled puzzles to tackle and at times those clues can come in handy. For example, to get past a French Officer a pop-up clue appears filled with musical notes. This clue tells you in order to get past the Officer, you should get the nearby band to start playing. You tap on the four band members to get them to begin playing their instruments. However, you have to choose the right order of instruments to get the band playing as a whole. Once the band strikes up, the French Officer moves aside and you can continue on your journeys.

Valiant Hearts: The Great War

Along with the pop-up hints on what to grab, where to go and who to interact with, Valiant Hearts also has historical factoids that become available throughout the game. A stack of books appears in the upper left corner of the gaming display that, when tapped, pulls up snippets of information on that particular moment in the Great War.

Gameplay does pick up in pace with action scenes such as a grenade toss during basic training and a battlefield race where Emile has to dodge incoming mortar rounds.

Valiant Hearts: The Great War

Overall, the more I played Valiant Hearts the more I found myself wanting more. The artwork is top-notch, much like you would find in a graphic novel sitting on a comic book store shelf. The narration and picture board dialog boxes help set the mood of the game and the darkness of war.

Valiant Hearts: The Great War offers a nice blend of gaming styles in a wonderfully illustrated setting. Simply put, it is just a nice, well-rounded Windows 10 game.

I would have liked to have seen the ability to synchronize gaming progress between Windows 10 devices and that may be a feature in the works. As is though, had it not been for the glitch with purchasing additional episodes, I could see Valiant Hearts: The Great War being a five-star title in the Windows 10 Store. We can only hope a fix comes into play soon to allow the experience to continue.

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George is the Reviews Editor at Windows Central, concentrating on Windows 10 PC and Mobile apps. He's been a supporter of the platform since the days of Windows CE and uses his current Windows 10 Mobile phone daily to keep up with life and enjoy a game during down time.

  • I've got this on Xbox One, so awesome to see this come to Mobile and PC in the Windows Store. I wonder if when the stores merge we'll get this version free for owning the Xbox One version...Although the business model is different with this one being free w/ in app purchases
  • Today is my birthday.
  • Happy birthday to you! ^_^
  • Thank you
  • Today I lost my virginity
  • Love games with that material style !
  • Not available in brazilian region. Damn
  • This was a free on on Games for Gold on the Xbox a while back. I probably wouldn't have played it if it weren't for that, but I can tell you that it is a really good game. Certainly more on the casual side, but really quite fun and a great story.
  • I loved reading the collectibles, if you are even a little interested in History and also a good story then I would definitely recommend it. Really nice art style. I'd bought it before it was Games with Gold and it was worth every penny
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  • Great Game, played on XBox One and found some of the puzzles really challenging. Great story and some interesting factoids about WW1. It was kind of cool to get it from French perspective instead of the usual US or British.
  • Loved this game. Gives WW1 much needed attention since it's usually overshadowed by WW2.  
  • I've completed and enjoyed this on Xbox One, I wouldn't dream paying again for it on PC/Mobile without Xbox live features. Other wise recommended game.
  • Same. Completed it on both X1 & 360 so playing it again on W10/WP10 without XBL integration is not appealing as much as I'd like to support good games on the Windows Store.
  • Not available at the moment. Maybe because of that purchase bug?
  • Says not available on my device, is it not available on mobile for anyone else?
  • Available for me. Based from US on Lumia 950 XL.
  • Saying the same for me.
  • Beautifully made game. So much fun plaing on 950 XL. Only thing between me playing more is not in the cost of admission, but in the problem with availability. Thanks for bringing the in app $ issue into light.
  • Really happy to see this game on Windows 10. I've finished it on Xbox and it was a nice ride. However, the lack of Xbox Live on the Windows 10 version could prove costly.
  • What! its priced way higher than steam version.299₹ with 600₹
  • Another disappointing example that Microsoft's Xbox strategy is failing. This is a game from a huge publisher that they have a working relationship with on Xbox One (this was a Games with Gold game), and the game finally comes to Windows 10 but lacks Xbox integration (which will consequently limit its sales, which will deter future game development). This is exactly the type of game that should be cross-buy, cross-save, via Xbox Live. Microsoft needs to start getting developers on board with that.
  • Not necessarily xbox integration. But one big thing I noticed that urks me about UWP is that most games do not save the progress between the desktop and mobile. So you have to play from scratch on both platforms. Add xbox to it and now you have buy once and get it on all platforms. Except you likely will only play it on the one you started on as to not start all over.
  • I was extremely excited to see this in the store, however the game is fugly. It's incredibly low res, everything is fuzzy.  I can't read any of the dialog on my 950, and there are no settings to alter.
  • Not available.
  • I really wanted to give this game a try but it says its unavailable!! Im guessing it's US only. Wtf? Im in Canada for Christ sake!
  • I changed the Region on the PC...still says not available
  • I cant play.. Play button not working
  • Not available in Dubai:-(
  • Requirements say it only works on x86, x64, and ARM processors. Guess I won't be playing this on my Surface 3 or Lumia 830.
  • seriously? 
  • I played this on Xbox a couple of years ago. One of the most moving experiences I've ever had with any medium... Film, book, song, anything. Had me weeping at the conclusion. WW1 was chaotic, deadly and pointless and this game has much to teach in that vein. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Hmm.... Can't download it...