SWORDS & SOLDIERS II: SHAWARMAGEDDON (SWITCH RELEASE)
By Jackie "UniGameJackie" Verweij on March 1, 2019
Say the word Vikings and you've immediately piqued my interest. Say Vikings and lots of witty pleasantries and I'll be sitting at the ready with my drinking horn, axe, shield and a cozy blankie to listen with full attention. So it's no wonder that when the game Swords and Soldiers 2 Shawarmageddon came barging noisily around the corner, I was more than ready to take on a new challenge.
Most of the games in the Real-Time Strategy genre that managed to get my attention, simply failed me. The stories were unfulfilling and of most of these games, the gameplay was way too frustrating for me to continue playing them. Enter: Swords & Soldiers II: Shawarmageddon, which was originally released a few monts ago for PC and PS4, but now it's time to get down to business with the brand new Nintendo Switch version! I had already seen and heard that the previous game in the Sword and Soldiers series, which was released in from 2009, was already a big victory for the developers, Ronimo, and was loved by many players. Same goes for the 2D Multiplayer Online Battle Arena game, Awesomenauts, which was released in 2012 by these same developers and is now a free-to-play on Steam.
Now, the fact that their previous games have done well will not, I repeat: NOT automatically mean I will like this game, though. I'm not the sheep here, nor am I a lamb. I am a wolf! Lots of Viking wording and slogans will whizz by in this review, just saying. Coincidentally, this also happens in the game, during which you will undoubtedly hear phrases. Love or hate it, it's your choice. Anyhow, my reading warriors, let's continue our quest. story. thing.
Let me start this wee story about Swords and Soldiers 2: Shawarmageddon! For instance: what is it you'll be doing? Well, you personally take command of your troops of Vikings, demons and Persian armies in an action packed side-scrolling real-time strategy game. Start a single player epic campaign of 45 levels lasting up to 10 hours and leading you to the forests of Viking lands, the scorching dusty sands of Persia and the cozy lovely nether regions of Hell! In this campaign, you will be in command as Redbeard, whose Vikings must retrieve the sheep that have been stolen from their favorite shawarma shack. Coincidentally, this would also make me want to settle this injustice in a Viking way! Gosh, I just love shawarma. not kidding, I want it! Fight enemy forces to control the map and push the dishonorable pesky villains back to their base in a highly tactical war. Defend your base, gather Gold and Mana to send out troops and support your army with a wide arsenal of magic spells.
Besides the insane campaign, you can also battle using the split screen on your Switch and play online in intense 1v1 magical multiplayer. While waiting for your rival to show up online, play various mini-games in the party-modes, stir things up by making and creating your own skirmish army. Combine Persians, demons and Viking troops and spells into an unstoppable force stronger than Darth Vader. Apart from that, there are tons more unaligned units and spells to make you even stronger. As the developers claim: "Ridiculousness guaranteed."
Vikings, Demons or Persians, any of the three deadly and unforgiving fractions have their own unique units, spells, and distinctive strengths and Weaknesses. So it's all up to you how you strategize and customize. Get to know all fractions and decide which of them fits you best. Swords and Soldiers 2: Shawarmageddon isn't that is easy to master, only the smart and slick chiefs will lead their troops down the right path to victory!
I did find the controls a bit annoying at first but that is simply something I needed to get used too, This game was completly new for me, and so was its core gameplay. During the course of the game, I found out that, as clever as I think I am, Someone (me) needed to get off her high horse and start learning new tricks. Yes, the game starts out easy, but then, a few rounds later, you will really need to use your brain.
Some battles lasted mere minutes, but there were also times I thought the carnage would never end. That, by the way, was my own fault; I kept on making the wrong choices in the field. If my brain switched on for a moment and came up with a better strategy, the same long lasting battle would be finished in a matter of minutes again. It's really getting to know the characters and what their abilities are and seeing their weaknesses and play on that, which makes this game more than a decent challenge. Not a simple click and go game, but truly challenging and fun.
The side-scrolling view of the game might also take some getting used to for strategy game enthusiasts but, personally, I think it works fabulously. I love this viewpoint and it plays great. The artwork is colorful and the game's appearance is one of the utmost fun and dandy looking I've seen. The game already had me at Vikings, you know, but the characters look hellacious or in simpler terms just awesome and are highly entertaining to look at! The developers hit the mark right on by adding a highly fitting and amusing soundtrack. And the voices in the game, hilarious and comical! By Odin's beard; it all just fits together like a Viking and his mead!
Up until now, RTS has always been one of my least favorite genres, but Swords and Soldiers 2 Shawarmageddon makes me even doubt that. Now, I have a new craving, a new hook... This yearning even woke me up and made me play right then and there, because my brain works best at weird times and it was screaming YES at the top of its synapses at 4AM this morning!
So, do you think you are ready to face the hordes? To battle then!
SWORDS & SOLDIERS II: SHAWARMAGEDDON (SWITCH RELEASE)
March 1, 2019 (Nintendo Switch)
November 6, 2018 (PC / PS4)