Swords & Soldiers II: Shawarmageddon

Posted by GG Goblin On November - 23 - 2018

Vikings, Persians and demons face off over a nice kebab.

 
Thanks to shows like Vikings and games like For Honor, we all know that Vikings love fighting. What is perhaps less known is how much Vikings enjoy their food. This is something that Ronimo Games shared with the world in the original Swords & Soldiers. Once again, the Vikings are all about the food in Swords & Soldiers II: Shawarmageddon, a sequel that originally launched exclusively on Wii U and now, after a few changes, has finally arrived for PC and PS4. It may be  a little later than expected, but Vikings are not really known for their time keeping.

 
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The enjoyable campaign mode has the Vikings once again concentrating on filling their stomachs. This time around, the journey will see the Vikings dealing with a Persian faction as well as a demonic faction as they hunt down the missing sheep required to make some awesome kebabs. Oh, there may also be a magical lamp involved, but that doesn’t really register as important to the Vikings.

 
As you may be able to tell, Swords & Soldiers II: Shawarmageddon is not a serious game, and players can look forward to a healthy dose of humour as they work through the campaign. The bright and colourful cartoon like visuals compliment the humour, making for a joyous experience. But don’t let the easy-going visuals and silly comedy fool players into thinking that the gameplay here will be a breeze. It’s actually quite devilish.

 
The gameplay is easy to grasp. This is a real-time strategy game played in 2D with levels that move from left to right. At each end of the level will be an army base. From the players base, they will send out workers to collect gold. These guys will just trundle along, pick up some gold and then take it back to the base. This gold is then used to generate troops that will simply start walking towards the opposing base, fighting anything that is in their path. Obviously, the opposing army will be doing the same thing, so there is a too and fro as troops meet midway through the level. Eventually, one army will reach the other base and destroy it to win the match.

 
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There is plenty of tactical choice along the way. Sometimes the paths will split, offering two different routes that will join up again, and the player will have to set which route for the soldiers to take. There are also resource drops that parachute down to the ground, and clicking on them will order a worker to try and collect them. The troops across the three factions are nicely varied, but players will first have to choose which units are available to them before the battle starts, from those they have unlocked, and then the player will have to pay to unlock them in the game, ensuring that the more powerful units will not appear until later in the match. There are standard rank and file troops, with a variety of different abilities and uses, and there are also heroic units that bring something special to the battle.

 
There are also certain areas along the route of the level on which players can build towers. These can be defensive towers or they can give access to the other resource with mana towers. These towers slowly collect mana that can be used by the player to cast spells that affect the battlefield. From healing spells and massive lightning bolts, to spells that block or slow the opposing teams progress, these spells which the player activates themselves are hugely important and can turn the tide of battle.

 
With some 45 levels to work through, in the search for a kebab, players can look at the single player campaign stretching to double figures. However, the fun doesn’t stop there as Swords & Soldiers II: Shawarmageddon brings a solid multiplayer game, with plenty of options to play locally or online. Even while the player is waiting for a match to begin, they can do battle in a skirmish with an AI opponent or play mini games to stay entertained.

 
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Swords & Soldiers II: Shawarmageddon is great fun. The basics are simple and easy to understand, while there is plenty to master for those who want to get really competitive. It is a solid and accessible side-scrolling RTS game that newcomers can grow with and veterans of the genre will spend time mastering. Swords & Soldiers II: Shawarmageddon also looks absolutely lovely and is worth picking up for any RTS fans.

 

 ★★★★★★★★☆☆ 



 

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