[Beyond PlayStation] Swords and Soldiers Review
Two Tribes has releases Swords and Soldiers ahead of the sequelâ€™s arrival on Nintendo Switch. Learn more about this must-play classic in our Swords and Soldiers review!
Swords and Soldiers was originally released digitally by Ronimo Games way back in 2009 on the Nintendo Wii eshop, and this 2D real-time strategy (RTS) game was very well received by both fans and by reviewers, eventually being considered as a very fun classic and dynamic entry in the beloved genre. Itâ€™s now 2019, and Two Tribes has decided to release the game on the Nintendo Switch to give players, both new to the series and those of us who have been having a lot of fun playing the game for years now in different consoles, a new chance to dive back in.
There are different modes for players to enjoy the game. You can select between Skirmish, which features one on one single battles with each side selecting between the Vikings, the Chinese or the Aztec, with either one human player going against the CPU, or two humans battling against each other – with the added bonus of being able to play on the Nintendo Switch by using itâ€™s touchscreen at the same time while playing in Portable or Tabletop mode, which is definitely a crazy way to play! You can also take on the four Challenges you will unlock after completing the Campaign mode – these include Survival, Berserker Run, Boulder, and Boulder XL.
The main draw for the game is its Campaign mode in which you can play as the Vikings, the Aztec, the Chinese and, for this Nintendo Switch version, Chief Meat and its troops thanks to the Super Saucy Sausage Fest DLC being included for free. I suggest that you take on the single-player campaigns in that order so that you can learn the basics of this 2D RTS, as well as get the hang of things since each faction offers some extra twists on the RTS formula, and some powerful skills you need to practice with. Mixing up your unit types, the structures you build and spells at your disposal is key if you want to survive through the dozens of stages available between all four single-player campaigns.
For example, while you will certainly need different types of soldiers to defend against and eventually defeat your opponents, you wonâ€™t get anywhere if you donâ€™t manage to get some gold for your resources. You must, therefore, also consider hiring some miners that can go to the mines and collect the gold you will need not only to increase the numbers of your army but also to build additional structured and upgrades that can tilt the balance in your favor. You also need to make good use of your mana, which builds up slowly but surely as you play the game. Each spell must first be purchased to unlock it, but once you do you can use your mana to do things such as healing your units, or dealing deadly damage from the sky to your enemies, to name some examples.
Swords and Soldiers includes an in-game achievements system so that you can aim at completing some extra objectives as you play. Thereâ€™s Canâ€™t Touch This, which is unlocked by saving a unit from being killed by lighting by using a magic shield, Rickrolled which is for destroying the enemy castle with a boulder, Son of Norris for defeating 46 units with a single unit, or At First I Was Afraid, which is obtained by surviving for more than 30 minutes in the Survival Challenge. There are almost 30 achievements in total, which is a nice total to drive you forward.
I highly recommend that you buy Swords and Soldiers on the Nintendo Switch. Even if you played it on the Nintendo Wii all those years ago, or on the Nintendo Wii U or on PlayStation when it was later ported to other consoles, this one on Nintendo Switch is the definitive version with HD graphics, HD Rumble, all single-player content – including the Super Saucy Sausage Fest DLC for free -, local multiplayer, extra Challenges, and an in-game Achievements system with 29 objectives to complete, all in a game that you can play at home or on the go. Itâ€™s only $7.99 on Nintendoâ€™s Hybrid console, and it is worth every penny.
This Swords and Soldiers review is based on a Nintendo Switch copy provided by Two Tribes.