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Swords and Soldiers is a real time strategy game that plays like a tower defense game. The story is completely wacky and the humor is too funny not to laugh. Available on the PlayStation Store for $9.99, this is one game that may or may not be for you.
Gameplay: Swords and Soldiers is a tower defense game at heart with real time strategy elements. There are three separate single player campaigns in the game; Vikings, Aztec, and Chinese. Each of these clans has their own strengths and weaknesses as well as their own unique abilities. There are 10 missions for each clan, bringing the game to a total of 30 playable missions, not to mention the bonus modes! The game starts you off with the Vikings campaign, although you can switch to another campaign if you choose. When you begin each campaign you are taught the basics of each clan. Gameplay is simple, DEFEAT THE OTHER CLAN! The game plays from left to right with your enemy on the right side of the map. The main objective of the game is to destroy the opposing clans tower using your clan that you built to your liking. There are some slightly different missions thrown in as well that switch up the gameplay every now and then. Like most real time strategy games, you must mine for minerals in order to produce more units in Swords and Soldiers.
Graphics: Swords and Soldiers has a very good looking cartoon art style. Although the graphics are simple, they are really crisp and they really stand out. The effects in the game are bright and vibrant. There are plenty of colors in the game to keep your eyes happy, and the animations never get old. In addition, if you have a 3D TV this game will support it. If you don’t have a 3D TV, this game still supports old school 3D, however you must provide the red and blue glasses.
Sound: This game isn’t going to have a blockbuster soundtrack, but it does have some pretty interesting sounds. The sounds are typical sounds you’d hear in any game with swords, cannons and catapults. Each clan does have its on distinct set of sounds though, so you never get tired of hearing the same sounds over and over again. The sound effects can be humorous at times, but this happens so rarely that you almost forget about it.
Controls: The controls in Swords and Soldiers are really easy to master. This is a good thing however, because at the end of each campaign the levels get pretty hard. You control the camera from left to right with the left analog stick. Units are created while holding down the L1 button and confirming your selection with X. You can use various magic upgrades by holding down R1 and confirming your selection with X. To upgrade your magic or add new units to your current unite selection you simply press the Triangle button to bring up the menu. The characters control themselves once they have been built. They will automatically go to the other tower and try to destroy it.
Wishes: The only thing I wish to change about this game is the length. This game is way too short. You can easily beat the entire game in under 3 hours. With that being said, the game is short but it does not feel like it was rushed. Maybe they could have added another 3 campaigns bringing the game to 60 missions and roughly 6 hours in gameplay.
Final Verdict: Despite the game being too short, it is a very fun and entertaining game. You can change the speed of the game altering the difficulty, so this game does have some replayability. At $9.99 I recommend you to wait for this game to go on sale because you might be disappointed with how early it ends. All in all it’s a nice little game that will definitely give you a few hours of enjoyment. I give this game a 3.5 Michelas out of 5 rating.
Swords and Soldiers (PlayStation 3, PSN Store)
Developer: Ronimo Games
Also available on PC, Wii