Swords and Soldiers 2: Shawarmageddon Review
PCAlso available on Nintendo Switch and Sony PlayStation 4
2D strategy games are a little odd but can be a thoroughly enjoyably affair if done correctly. They also have a few similarities with MOBAs in their execution. More often than not you choose the type of unit you want to use, but not how they act. It is a probably for the best then that the team behind Sword and Soldiers 2: Shawarmageddon also made the immensely enjoyable Awesomenauts; which was an incredibly 2D MOBA that is still fun to this day.
Swords and Soldiers 2: Shawarmageddon is a re-release and original Wii U Game. This time it is being unleashed on PS4, Steam, and of course the Switch. The aim of the game is simple; crush your opponent and see the lamentation of their minions. While there are three different factions; The Vikings, The Demons, and The Persians, you’ll only be using the Vikings for the story mode. While all of the factions are the same to use, the nuances in the units is what really separates them from one another.
The campaign has a fair amount of levels each one containing a couple of extra objectives to make replaying them worthwhile. The writing is entertaining and following along with Chief Redbeard and company in pursuit of their dinner is incredibly silly, but there have been worse reasons for epic adventures. The difficulty curves out quite nicely, though if you settle in to using basic tactics alone you will definitely struggle.
The key to surviving is resource management, you’ll need to keep the gold flowing in to buy new units and keep an eye on your mana for tide-turning spells. To decimate the opposing side, you’ll need to choose the right units at the right time, as well as making sure you choose the right lane to attack from. It seems simple at first, but the further you get, the harder the decisions are.
Of course, where the game really comes to life is the multiplayer, either online or local. This is where the game really shines, while the AI is pretty good, nothing compares to overcoming a friend. Before battles you can customise the match settings in order to make the match faster, slower, or just generally more epic. You can also make your own custom armies, here you can mix and match units to create the perfect combination of units, spells, and structures to destroy people with.
While the game allows for pickup and play gaming, it really shows off when both players know what they are doing, and more importantly, what they want to do. Anyone can just summon units one after another, it takes an expert eye to see what the best tool for the job is and doing so is incredibly satisfying.
Swords and Soldiers 2: Shawarmageddon is an incredibly enjoyable little game that has a fantastic personality and isn’t too hard on the eyes either. The single-player campaign is a great way to learn the game, and is well-written, and challenging. The multi-player is where you’ll spend most of your time, crafting the perfect army is a lot of fun, and beating your friends is a huge amount of fun too. This is definitely worth a look if you need something a little different.