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A new approach to the stealth tactics genre: Partisans 1941 combines stealth, action, resource management and base-building elements. Take control of a group of Partisans resisting the German occupation Eastern Front during World War II. Plan and initiate combat your way. Use tactical pause, study the environment and choose the best position to set up an ambush. Build up your resistance camp hidden deep in the woods and find allies to join your cause. Form squads of unique Partisans and undertake diverse missions to undermine enemy forces and infrastructure, while securing resources desperately needed to sustain the resistance. Experience a dramatic and unique chapter of World War II and become a Red Army commander behind enemy lines. Features Fresh approach to the stealth tactics genre. A new way to play real time tactics - mix of combat, stealth, ambushes and a variety of special items to bring chaos to the enemy ranks. Choose your own way of completing each mission. Lead a squad of Partisans. Build a squad of your choice and level up your Partisans. Use your character’s strengths to find the right solution to different situations. Find and recruit new resistance members. Experience the life of a resistance group. In between missions you witness the routine of a Partisan’s life - develop your base, prepare for the next assignments, ensure you have the resources for the Partisan’s survival. Keep your troops motivated.
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Game Discussion

Review by Anonymous
Review from Steam

Do you love Commandos, Shadows Tactics and Desperados? You don't mind mildly annoying bugs? Then this game is for you!
Unfortunately it could have been polished a bit more, the most annoying bugs are:
- You order a mine to planted, the character goes to the location and does nothing, you need to order again.
- You quick save exactly when enemies are moving away, then you're caught and quick load, the game will resume with enemy approaching each other, now you have to wait until they separate again. Quick loading again does not help.
- Picking up a body sometimes is challenging, you need to order more than once or you accidentally click on the loot button.
Setting aside those minor bugs it is game a nice, as in any WWII game it's fun to kill nazis!

Review from Steam

you can give a rifle to a 14 year old boy and order him to charge a fortified position, making this the most accurate ww2 game i've played

Review from Steam

I've played very few games which have earned the right to mention the Holocaust in their story. WW2 games are so often indulgent, desensitizing, gentrification of the most atrocious period of European history. Partisans 1941 is such a game that deals with its subject manner in a way that's tactful, honest, inglorious, and grim, thus following through on the seemingly insurmountable challenge of merely mentioning the Holocaust within the context of an action-entertainment product.
If one gets invested in the story (not for everyone because it unfolds slowly within a very drab and solemn atmosphere), one finds that they grown sincerely dedicated to the tragic fate that the partisans find themselves in. You gain personal attachments to the characters; a little boy weilding a shotgun that's bigger than him, a busybody nurse who's compassion is a sacred blessing as well as lethal curse, a wandering assasin who's committed his life to satiating his bottomless thirst for bloody vengence, all these personalities and more become trusty companions, fulfilling unique roles and bearing unique and complex interpersonal burdons. This dark and haunting atmosphere is not for everyone. Some people will be put to sleep by it. As for myself, a huge history buff, this game scratches a kind of itch which most other WW2 games can't.
The gameplay is truly engaging, immersive, and even hypnotic. When truly on a roll, the player may feel truly in touch witht that primal, hunting instinct. Looking at a map full of 80 nazis then, an hour later, seeing a graveyard full of 80 dead nazis, knowing that YOU made that happen with 3 Russians (one with a broken arm and having used around 200 rounds and a knife), you feel a sense of power that can't be accomplished through button mashing or spraying and praying. You have to get creative, take a breath and assess the situation, use your loot resourcefully, backtrack and try again, and otherwise engage in mentally engaging tactical executions. It isn't all just winding a clock though. Sometimes, timing things just right is what's needed to get out of a situation.
That said, like sex, once things get going and the stealth gloves come off, that's when the real fun begins. The action is like nothing else. It is so damn exhilarating. Firefights may last only 1 minute or so. However, in that time frame, you're still required to make quick and decisive decisions. The character animations as they duck in cover, change stances to reload, and sprint across firing lanes heightens the stakes and offers a sight for the player to behold. This cycle of silence and caution which suddenly explodes into raw, unhinged fun violence is extremely rewarding. Even more rewarding when your play unfolds perfectly and you can just sit back and enjoy as the Nazis hit the floor. What looked like 15 nazis initially turning into 15 dead ones in 5 seconds as the smoke clears is like no feeling you can get from and RTS or sniper elite.
That said,
There is a massive issue with bugs in this game. It is severe. So severe that one may lose or need to restart missions simply due to bugs. Bugs are usually just annoyances, but in a STEALTH game that requires precision at its core is irredeemable and unacceptable.
The game takes an EXTRAORDINARY amount of patience to play. Add bugs to that and you can imagine why this game will not appeal to 90% of players.

Review from Steam

Silent Storm Gold Edition gameplay with with Commandos stealth = Partisans 1941
Average graphics and UI. Sound and music are nice. Story atm is good. Killing Nazis is good.
Fun game with tactical pause to plan your ambushes and attacks. Kinda like xcom 2.
You have a base of operations where you have to get supplies, ammo, food, heal troops , train troops, especialize each soldier with skills points and skills, etc.
Survival mechanics just like Jagged Alliance 2.
Amazing mix of mechanics.
You even have chance to hit to show if you want, when shooting.
when i finish game will update rating but for now, i am enjoying very much this gem.

Review from Steam

I like how they have tried to evolve the RTT genre with new mechanics. The inventory & the skill system, alongside the ability to manage the roaster before a mission, really work in favor of this game. It has solid gameplay; fun too. The map & enemy placements aren't as tight & restrictive as Desperados 3 or Shadow Tactics. There is some randomness, unlike those games. And from time to time, you actually come to appreciate this as there's room for taking a breather!
However, the narration & the storytelling part of the game are actually disappointing. It's there for the sake of being there, honestly. Forgettable at best.
If you like real time tactics games, I believe it's worth trying Partisans 1941 out. The overall quality of the game is rather excellent.

Review from Steam

A game from the Russian perspective is relatively unique. Gameplay is solid, with a few overpowered abilities that make the game more fun. The dreary tone is both refreshing and a bit of a bummer. 4/5, nice job devs!

Review from Steam

I had fun with this game, it's a mix of Desperados/shadow tactics and This War of Mine. Though it is not nearly as polished as those games, and can be quite clunky with many bugs.
-the AI is a bit strong, usually can one shot characters even when mine had shot first with a +80% chance to hit.
-maps are fun and challenging. story is unique
-the base building part of the game seems unfinished. not much to do or look at and not much variety in constructing buildings
-the loot system is annoying as hell. way too many 'greyed out' supply items that are difficult to organize in the inventory.
-bad weapon stat system where it's not easy enough to compare guns with each other. bad inventory layout in general
-stealth, strategy, unique character abilities and gameplay are very fun and kept me entertained
-story, descriptions, character bios and history are all interesting to read!
6/10, more than worth my time during sale

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