Battle Moon Wars
What is Battle Moon Wars?
Battle Moon Wars is a series of doujin soft titles, tactical RPGs, developed and published by Werk. Inspired by the gameplay mechanics and user-friendly interface of Banpresto’s popular Super Robot Wars franchise, BMW takes several original characters and tosses them into a crossover plot in the well-known Type-Moon universe by Kinoko Nasu.
What Type-Moon titles are featured in Battle Moon Wars?
The two most prominent series featured are Type-Moon’s biggest properties, Tsukihime and Fate/stay night. Naturally, all other titles connected to these first two such as Kagetsu Tohya, Fate/hollow ataraxia, Melty Blood, and Kara no Kyoukai also make contributions in the form of references, villains, and playable characters.
What kind of specs are needed to run the game?
These games were designed to run on low-end gaming rigs, so you shouldn’t need to worry about your computer being too outdated. Generally, you should have at least 256 MB of RAM, have a DirectX 9.0 capable video card, a CPU capable of at least 800 Mhz, and a display capable of a 640 x 480 resolution.
How do I go about installing the game?
First off, you should know that it was only recently that Werk completed Battle Moon Wars (having released the final chapter this past Comiket 74, on August 16, 2008). So if you obtained only chapters 1+2 or the third chapter by itself, you’ll be missing out on huge chunks of the story. Secondly, before you begin it would also be helpful if you’ve installed the East Asian Language Pack (to display Japanese) and set your machine to display Japanese for non-Unicode programs. Both of these can be done via your Control Panel, under the Regional and Language Options. Obviously you should install the chapters in numerical order:
- Install Battle Moon Wars 1 to a directory of your choice.
- Obtain the patch for Battle Moon Wars 1 on Werk’s support page. Copy all contents in the patch into the Battle Moon Wars 1 directory.
- Install Battle Moon Wars 2 to a directory of your choice.
- Obtain the patch for Battle Moon Wars 2 on Werk’s support page. Copy all contents in the patch into the Battle Moon Wars 2 directory.
- Cut all of the contents in the Battle Moon Wars 2 directory and paste them into the Battle Moon Wars 1 directory. You are essentially upgrading the first installation with the data from the second by doing this. Make sure to rename “bmw2.exe” to “bwm.exe”
- Delete the empty directory for Battle Moon Wars 2.
- Install Battle Moon Wars 3 and find its installation directory.
- Obtain the patch for Battle Moon Wars 3 on Werk’s support page. Copy all contents in the patch into the Battle Moon Wars 3 directory.
- Cut all of the contents in the Battle Moon Wars 3 directory and paste them into the Battle Moon Wars 1 directory. Afterwards, cut all of the contents in the Battle Moon Wars 1 directory and paste them back into the Battle Moon Wars 3 directory.
- Delete the empty directory for Battle Moon Wars 1 and clean up any downloaded patches. Remember to create shortcuts for “bmw.exe” and “config.exe” on your Start Menu or Desktop for easy access.
I have yet to obtain a copy of the fourth and final installment in the Battle Moon Wars series, but I suspect its installation should be quite similar to the process for the third chapter.
Help! The game is running pretty choppy!
First off, make sure your system makes the minimum requirements mentioned above. If that still doesn’t smooth out the game’s performance, make sure you aren’t running a heavy load (other programs) on your PC while playing and that your video card is using the latest drivers. Lastly, you can use “config.exe” to run the game in fullscreen mode or reduce the color display to 16-bit only. If nothing here can save the game, you can uninstall and reinstall and hope something was corrupted or give up and get a better computer.
Does Battle Moon Wars have an English option?
No, it doesn’t. If you only have rudimentary knowledge of Japanese, I suppose you could get by knowing a little bit of the plot and navigating some of the menus. The interface for Super Robot Wars and other titles inspired by it, such as BMW, is easy to navigate and basic play can be conducted without knowing the language. However if you absolutely need English, you’ll be glad that there is an ongoing effort to translate all four chapters of Battle Moon Wars. In fact, only the final chapter, which was just released a few days ago, remains untranslated. Please support the English localization effort at Tenka Seiha and direct all questions regarding the English patch to the development team there.