Blast from 2015’s Past

Game Title: Swords & Soldiers 2 Shawarmageddon
Developer: Ronimo Games
Platform: 
PC (Also on PlayStation 4 and originally the Wii U)
Price: $14.99
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x1M8m08XJJo

What is it?

Quoted from Steam Store:

Swords and Soldiers 2 Shawarmageddon is an action-packed side-scrolling real-time strategy game from the makers of Awesomenauts. Fight to control the map and push the enemy back to their base in a highly tactical tug of war. Battle in online and split-screen multiplayer, duel the devious AI in skirmishes, or enjoy the extensive single-player campaign.

Mine valuable gold so you can unlock any of the 50 units, buildings and spells that suit your playstyle, then unleash your armies and magical powers to counter your opponent’s strategies and make sure nothing’s left of their base!

A 10 hour single player campaign gives you command of Redbeard and his Vikings. Join them as they fight their way through the forests of Vikingland, the scorching sands of Persia and even the nether regions of Hell, on a quest to retrieve the sheep that have been stolen from their favourite shawarma shack. Time to settle this injustice the Viking way!

What I Liked:

  • RTS gameplay that is accessible my almost anyone thanks to the 2D presentation and easy to use interface.
  • Can play entirely with mouse clicks if you so desire.  Hotkeys are available for a variety of actions as well.
  • Despite the perceived simplicity, there is challenge to be add thanks to additional side objectives to tackle.
  • Competitive multiplayer option
  • Sizable 45 level campaign
  • Variety of units to play with and learn to use
  • Colorful and cartooney art style goes great with the comedic themes

What I Disliked:

  • This isn’t a brand new entry, so this may be a lackluster release for old fans.  The game was actually originally released back in 2015 for the Wii U.
  • It would have been nice to see some kind of extra endgame challenge modes for replay value.

Verdict: Recommended
Numerical Score: 8.0

Final Thoughts

Swords & Soldiers 2 Shawarmageddon is a solid version of the original Wii U title that is nice to see if finally getting the chance to see a larger audience.  While it is technincally an RTS game, its simplicity and 2D perspective may turn away the hardcore genre fans, however for everyone else the game is presented in an extremely accessible way.  You probably won’t get much replay value after running through the campaign, unless you really get into the competitive mode and can find some other players to join.  Overall its an easy recommendation if it looks like it is up your alley, it just doesn’t break any new ground or offer something that pushes it is into a must-have territory.

One other detail I wanted to mention is that the game will be coming to Nintendo Switch as well.  Initially I was very surprised to see it didn’t arrive on the platform, but apparently Ronimo is hoping to release it sometime next month on the eShop.