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    dkirschner's Swords & Soldiers (PC)

    [December 15, 2012 08:15:08 AM]
    Quick post about this one...I can't play too much Thief at one time so I keep tossing other things in the mix and taking Thief breaks. I think I got Swords & Soldiers for free in a humble bundle or something. I didn't want it, as with many of the games I've gotten in bundles or for free places, but since I have it I feel obligated to try it.

    It's a neat idea, a 2-d sidescrolling RTS. It's kinda cute, sorta fun, and pretty simple. There are 3 factions, the Vikings, Chinese, and Aztecs, and each has their own little skill tree with maybe 10 things you can upgrade. You build miners to get gold, and just start upgrading the skill tree and producing units. The only structures you build are towers. Then you have an automatically replenishing mana pool which you use to cast some spells.

    A few examples -- the Vikings have standard melee and ranged units, other slow-moving melee units that hit multiple targets, a catapult that does mega splash damage, you can learn a heal spell to heal individual units, a lightning spell to damage individual units -- the aztecs have necromancers who will raise corpses, super speedy melee units, standard ranged ones, a gas bomb spell you throw that does poison damage to enemies....Each faction has a 'super move' you can learn. The Vikings call down Thor's Hammer which does mega area damage and acts as a tower. The Aztecs can send a boulder rolling from one end of the field to the other, crushing everything in its path, and you can make it jump to avoid your own units. Sounds neat, right?

    I played the whole Viking campaign, most of the Aztec campaign, and about 1/3 of the Chinese campaign. The earlier levels especially are super short, like 2-3 minutes long. They never exceeded 8 minutes or so, except when I would get in these awful stalemates where it was just like army tug-of-war from side to side across the screen. I couldn't push past them and they couldn't push past me. I eventually just stopped playing because the tug-of-wars are so annoying. There's really no story. It's just dumb/silly stuff about the Vikings trying to find barbeque sauce for their meat (because hey, Vikings love meat, right?), the Aztecs escorting their prize chili pepper to the chili pepper contest (because they like spicy food, right?), and the Chinese one I didn't really make it far enough to figure out what their plot was.

    Final verdict: Enjoyable diversion from your other games for a couple hours. Put it down if you start getting bored and forget about it.
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    dkirschner's Swords & Soldiers (PC)

    Current Status: Stopped playing - Got Bored

    GameLog started on: Saturday 15 December, 2012

    GameLog closed on: Saturday 15 December, 2012

    dkirschner's opinion and rating for this game

    Meh. Neat idea for a sidescrolling RTS, but it's pretty simple, I don't find the humor very funny, some levels are over so fast and others drag in tug-of-war.

    Rating (out of 5):starstarstar

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