Swords & Soldiers: a side-scrolling real-time strategy game for PSN
Swords & Soldiers is a side-scrolling real-time strategy game that has you command Vikings, Aztecs and Chinese forces to victory in a cartoon world. It was released last year on Nintendo’s WiiWare platform, where it received positive reviews. Sony must have been admiring from afar because they have now struck a deal with its developers, Ronimo Games, to bring Swords & Soldiers complete with all its quirky chaos to the PlayStation Network.
Despite its colourful 2D presentation, Swords & Soldiers has all the hallmarks of full-blown real-time strategy title, with resource management and tactical decisions playing important gameplay roles. It will have both single and multi-player options, and as you progress through the game you will unlock new game modes and minigames.
Micah Loucks, Senior Producer at Sony Online Entertainment, was delighted to announce the collaboration with Ronimo Games:
“Swords & Soldiers is the perfect blend of real-time strategy and bold 2D graphics and will include innovative features. Collaborating with Ronimo Games is a great opportunity for SOE to continue to bring interesting and unique titles to the PlayStation Network.”
We’ve been reading the various reviews of the WiiWare version in an attempt to understand more about the game; the description we found most helpful was on the ESBR website:
This is a side-scrolling strategy game in which players guide an army to destroy an opponent’s base. Players’ units automatically walk toward the enemy base and battle small, “cartoony” units (e.g., aztecs, skeletons, Vikings, monkey ninjas, etc.) along the way. Many depictions of combat are whimsical (e.g., small stubby characters; the words swoosh, chop, klang appear with yellow stars to indicate damage), however, the sound effects serve to accentuate the violence: constant axes clashing; arrows/darts flying through the air; and enemies crying out in pain. During the course of the game, female Vikings are depicted with exaggerated-sized breasts.
If you’re still struggling to picture the game, then check out the trailer at the top of the page. It’s said to be very addictive.
Swords & Soldiers will be released this Autumn on PlayStation Network