Realtime Strategy involving armies of mushrooms? Why not?
Mushroom Wars was developed by Creat Studios and is available on the PS3 through the Playstation Network. The player will be charged with controlling the orange mushroom kingdom and leading them to victory over the other kingdoms, or just defending their territory. The game takes a simple but enjoyable view of the strategy genre, but then it couldn’t really be taken seriously, could it? They are mushrooms after all.
The player has to move little mushroom troops from their own structures to either neutral or enemy owned structures. Move across more soldiers then those defending the structure, and it becomes the property of the Orange Kingdom. Capture villages to increase your forces, armouries to improve them and towers to defend.
Through the course of the game, your villages and towers can be upgraded to make them quicker at producing troops or quicker at attacking the enemy. Upgrading will also increase the morale of your mushroom militia, making them stronger and quicker.
Play through the campaign , which consists of 28 different missions, or skirmish mode across 12 levels. You could also play multiplayer with one other player locally.
The games controls are simple, hold the R1 button and then push the stick in the direction you want your troops to travel. Choose how many to send using a quick button press and choosing from all, three quarters, half and quarter of your selected troops. Pressing the L1 button will give the player access to the upgrade options. That’s about all the controls there are, and all you need.
Mushroom Wars sports a colourful, bright cartoon style look, and oozes with cuteness, which is rare for a strategy game. The sound effects are equally cute and add to the overall cuddliness of the game.
Playing the game, the first thing that becomes apparent is that Mushroom Wars is simple. There are only a couple of building types and different troop types are non-existent.This makes the game quick and easy to learn, allowing for that pick up and play game style that is usually found in casual puzzle games. However, the downside of this is that there is not a lot of depth to the game. There are a couple of different game modes that will add a little variety, but other than that, the gameplay is pretty much the same throughout. Also, the AI becomes a bit predictable after a while, which reduces the challenge.
This is a cute, fun game that will provide a lot of entertainment in short bursts. But in the long term, this game does not have a huge amount to offer.