Rewrite history as you take control of the brutal Vikings, the devious Aztecs or the crafty Chinese in their global quest to win the favour of the Gods! Swords & Soldiers is a side-scrolling strategy game that lets you control an entire army and lets you wield devastating magical abilities.
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Very Positive (332 reviews) - 88% of the 332 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Dec 2, 2010

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Rewrite history as you take control of the brutal Vikings, the devious Aztecs or the crafty Chinese in their global quest to win the favour of the Gods!
Swords & Soldiers is a side-scrolling strategy game that lets you control an entire army and lets you wield devastating magical abilities. Demolish your enemy’s castle at the end of these two-dimensional battlefields and lead your troops to victory!

Featuring:

  • Hours of single-player campaign gameplay.
  • Challenging skirmishes and frantic multiplayer matches that let you take the fight to your friends!
  • Several compelling challenge modes to unlock that will test your abilities to their limits in a bid for that one glorious high score!

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
    • OS: Windows 7/Vista/XP
    • Processor: 1GHz
    • Memory: 256 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 64 MB graphics card
    • Hard Drive: 300 MB
    • OS: OS X version Leopard 10.5.8, Snow Leopard 10.6.3, or later.
    • Processor: Intel Core Duo
    • Memory: 512 MB
    • Graphics: 64 MB
    • Hard Drive: 300 MB
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Very Positive (332 reviews)
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Josh, God of Moranbongs
12.5 hrs
Posted: August 21
Swords and Soldiers is a goofy 2D real time strategy with simplistic gameplay and dead multiplayer.

You can play as three races: the Aztecs, whose leaders have awesome names like “Fulthrotl” and “Luvsbatl”; the Vikings, who can summon Thor; and the Chinese, whose melee unit, swordsmen, yell “ayyyy chop chop” when spawned. I laugh every time then feel dirty afterward.

The graphics are sprightly and pleasant. The music isn’t annoying—an important consideration when you must listen to the same set of tunes all game—and even catchy at times. The sound is funny—ayyy chop chop, damn it. The gold gathering units are all women whom are referred to as “gold diggers.” I giggled.

I feel as if I’m listing bullet points. I feel as if this stinks of dysphemism, as if I’m hedging my honesty though I’m not. One of the reviewers states that he has nothing negative to say about Swords and Soldiers; this is true for me too, but I also can’t find any salient positives. The game’s aesthetic, especially the humor, is its greatest boon. The gameplay is a bit shallow which betrays its mobile roots. I ENJOYED playing through the campaigns, but I also don’t desire to ever replay the game again.

Swords and Soldiers is simple: you gather gold to purchase units and spells, and units move ever forward until they’re destroyed or demolish the enemy’s base. Spells use mana, which replenishes at a steady rate which can be increased via upgrades, when cast and make up half of the S&S’ complexity. All “skill” in this game culminates in your ability to spawn or spam the rights units while using spells correctly. That’s essentially it; as long as you can spawn units with minimum deference to insuring the units work together (i.e., not spawning ten of the same unit but you know, mixing it up a bit!) and not spamming your spells so that you aren’t left high and dry to an ayyy chop chop invasion, you pretty much win. The campaigns squelch this flaw by hamstringing the player in some way. Objectives are often more than lolsmash the enemy to pieces. The story mode is entertaining because it works against the shallow gameplay.

Hence my conundrum. I enjoyed the handicaps and weird objectives of the single player, but without the constrictions as an impetus, Swords and Soldiers isn’t all that fun. Essentially, it’s the prototypical mobile game: fun in short bursts as the medium requires but without any staying power.
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Krampus
21.8 hrs
Posted: July 10
Swords and Soldiers is a simple point and click lane based strategy game.

While there is no micromanagement on multiple resources and buildings,there is the strategy of time and space on deployment of units and powers that can change the tides of a battle.

There is 3 playable factions with one campaign each,the 3 campaigns feel like extensive training sections to each faction with some twists thrown on the middle,story wise there is some jokes here and there but nothing complex,it is somehow entertaining with its light humor.

Each faction has its mini tech tree and focus on a different playstyle: the Vikings focus more on resistance and strentgh of units,the Aztecs focus more on devastating powers and the Chinese on counter attack units.

The multiplayer online,while a wasteland,you can wait the game search for an oponent,while enjoying the single player content.Some battles can end on a overwhelming defeat if the player doesn't have quick thinking,making online matches sometimes not enjoyable.

There is also 3 challenges that you unlock throughout the campaigns that can hook the player while he tries to improve his personal score,don't bother with the online rankings though,they are completely broken.

Overall a good looking and challenging indie game.

Its DLC contain an extra campaign that,while use the core faction as the vikings,it is very varied putting the player on different situations while controlling units/powers from the other 2 factions,the DLC also contains a harder version from the boulder challenge,I recommend the DLC too.
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royalmage7
0.8 hrs
Posted: July 8
Simply to shallow of a game... There are better tug's on SC2 for free. I struggle to find any real strategy to this game, not even simple rock paper scissors mechanics. All you have to do is spam out the base melee unit and the ranged unit, all game and with minimal other thought you will win.

There are no hot keys (why cant I map the spells and spawns to 0-9?!?!?!?!?!?!)

I will the the humor is cute, but that doesnt make the game good.

Lastly I had to play the game on my desktop even though I bought it to play on my surface, but the game had no idea how to scale to my surface.
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courtepattes
8.3 hrs
Posted: June 28
I only wanted to try this game in case I would prefer a refund, and after a few minutes playing, I really thought it wasn't worth the price and strongly consider it. Still, playing brought me almost at the end of the second campaign after two hours of pleasant playing -so that refund is now out of question.

Is it good ? That's not so easy to tell. It feels like a mobile game, and it is quite simplistic. You click on units to spawn them, and they walk relentlessly towards the enemies coming from the right. You can use spells also, which are crucial to succeed. In the campaign, there are two major kinds of goals: Hold on for some time as your base is continually attacked, or destroy the enemy base.

There are three available factions: Vikings, Aztecs, and Chinese. All of them are quite different and you have to adjust your gameplay, which is a good thing for sure. However there are not many different units per faction, but the fun is they are all different enough, so I guess it's okay.

Overall, it is fun, missions are less than 10 minutes long, which I deem as an advantage. Achievements also are creative and not so easy to unlock (there are not basic grinding or "end the game in difficulty mode i" for i from 1 to 5).

CONCLUSION:

Don't spend the full price for it, it's not worth it. But in sale, you might want to consider adding it to your library, as it is nice, fun, casual, and yet challenging enough.
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HiMyNameIsLeo
10.1 hrs
Posted: May 11
A fun side-scrolling strategy game. You don't build any buildings (besides towers) so it's all about building units and research. There is a story mode that teaches you how to play and how to use the different units of the game. It's shown in a cartoony manner, with over-the-top characters fighting over stuff like a giant pepper.

The different races can play very differently so that adds some complexity to the game. But at its core the gameplay is simple and straightforward. Combat units automatically march towards the enemy base and will engage the first enemy they meet. You can gain magic skills that allow you to interact more directly in the combat.

So managing which units to build, which things to research, and which spells to use is how the game plays out.

A fun game with quick little missions that can entertain strategy game fans.
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Patrik2991
0.3 hrs
Posted: May 6
Please realease S&S 2 on PC!
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Wisecricket
15.5 hrs
Posted: April 24
game was fun for a while then it got boring and repetative but nevertheless it is worth buying on sale and fun to play when you are board.
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James
0.1 hrs
Posted: April 5
Childish 7/15
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Snooze^^
4.6 hrs
Posted: April 2
GOLDFINDER!
10/10 would mine gold again
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Serendone
3.5 hrs
Posted: April 2
Those god damn telepathic ninja wizards
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
12.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 21
Swords and Soldiers is a goofy 2D real time strategy with simplistic gameplay and dead multiplayer.

You can play as three races: the Aztecs, whose leaders have awesome names like “Fulthrotl” and “Luvsbatl”; the Vikings, who can summon Thor; and the Chinese, whose melee unit, swordsmen, yell “ayyyy chop chop” when spawned. I laugh every time then feel dirty afterward.

The graphics are sprightly and pleasant. The music isn’t annoying—an important consideration when you must listen to the same set of tunes all game—and even catchy at times. The sound is funny—ayyy chop chop, damn it. The gold gathering units are all women whom are referred to as “gold diggers.” I giggled.

I feel as if I’m listing bullet points. I feel as if this stinks of dysphemism, as if I’m hedging my honesty though I’m not. One of the reviewers states that he has nothing negative to say about Swords and Soldiers; this is true for me too, but I also can’t find any salient positives. The game’s aesthetic, especially the humor, is its greatest boon. The gameplay is a bit shallow which betrays its mobile roots. I ENJOYED playing through the campaigns, but I also don’t desire to ever replay the game again.

Swords and Soldiers is simple: you gather gold to purchase units and spells, and units move ever forward until they’re destroyed or demolish the enemy’s base. Spells use mana, which replenishes at a steady rate which can be increased via upgrades, when cast and make up half of the S&S’ complexity. All “skill” in this game culminates in your ability to spawn or spam the rights units while using spells correctly. That’s essentially it; as long as you can spawn units with minimum deference to insuring the units work together (i.e., not spawning ten of the same unit but you know, mixing it up a bit!) and not spamming your spells so that you aren’t left high and dry to an ayyy chop chop invasion, you pretty much win. The campaigns squelch this flaw by hamstringing the player in some way. Objectives are often more than lolsmash the enemy to pieces. The story mode is entertaining because it works against the shallow gameplay.

Hence my conundrum. I enjoyed the handicaps and weird objectives of the single player, but without the constrictions as an impetus, Swords and Soldiers isn’t all that fun. Essentially, it’s the prototypical mobile game: fun in short bursts as the medium requires but without any staying power.
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
39 of 42 people (93%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 24, 2013
I expected very little of Swords and Soldiers (S&S), as it was an extra, unknown game in a Humble Bundle that started its life as a console game. I was pleasantly surprised!

S&S is a curious blend of two genres I don't usually enjoy: 2D side scroller and RTS. However, five minutes into the game, I could see through the cutesy graphics and I found a game of surprising challenge and deep gameplay. S&S is now available for tablet play, but it's far more challenging than the average casual tablet game.

Without going into the game mechanics, I'll briefly say that the challenge of S&S is about recruiting the right balance of each unit type into your army to make your forces competitive in groups. Also, staying focused on the big picture while also assisting your units at the strategic level. The game plays at a very brisk pace, which makes it difficult to manage all aspects of your forces at once.

The levels are bite-sized; about 5-15 minutes each, perfect for a game that was born as a mobile app. But the levels become increasingly more complex. A couple of hours into S&S, and you'll find a staggering number of things that you have to manage simultaneously. You have to juggle more and more types of units and one-off attacks to reach victory in each new level.

S&S also includes an online mode for playing competitively against friends.

If you like RTS games, give this a go. It's a pretty good game at a budget price.

As for me? Lesson learned: Play every game. I expected little, but Swords and Soldiers impressed me.
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26 of 31 people (84%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 27, 2014
a nice tug-of-war casual game :
+ cute art and animations.
+ funny (but silly) story.
+ a mission is only about 5-15 minutes.

with one BIG minus :
- cannot buy units / use skills with keyboard.
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18 of 21 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
22.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 15, 2014
I got this from someone, as a trade. Totally worth it. I'm a indie lover and this is exactly what I love. It's simple, really cartoonish, and you don't get bored fast. The price I think is a little too big. Just wait for a 50-75% off and buy it.

Achievements are challenging, which is great. Not too easy, not too hard.

There aren't so many players who still play this game, but at a reasonably hour, you usually find a guy after a few minutes. They always beat the living ♥♥♥♥ out of me.

No cons.

9.7/10.
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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
19.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 19, 2015
It's a fun little indie game. The graphics are cute. And the story is just fun to play really. And on top of that there is multiplayer to play with your friends!
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 11, 2015
I really enjoy this game. It's simplicity I found was very... Enjoyable. It is incredibly fun, and feels very rewarding when you defeat the enemy. Even if you discover the best techinque for victory, the game will change slightly and force you to adapt your strategy little by little. The challenges that the enemies pose are also very fun to oust. The story and characters are hilarious, and they make the campaing a lot of fun to follow. Vikings chasing pirates around the world because they disrupted a barbaque, for example. I would seriously recommend trying Swords and Soldiers.
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12 of 17 people (71%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 3, 2014
I can honestly say this is an awesome game, only thing I wish it had was voice or ingame chat for online play... Sadly can't talk to those you are against to my knowledge unless I'm missing something. Either way, FUN. The humor itself is just hilarious.
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24 of 40 people (60%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
45.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 8, 2012
Swords and Soldiers HD is another of these mobile-like games that's made it onto PC and it's immediately apparent when you play it that it was not created for any kind of sophisticated controller. Even this incredibly simple gameplay is in sore need of a keybinding or two.

That being it's not a terrible game. The simplicity does have some advantages and the cutesy humor helps you endure it.

It is however, not a game I'd recommend anyone buy at anything remotely close to what they're asking for it, it is basically a flash game made with the simplest of tools and there are many better alternatives in actual free flash games and mods for various strategy games.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 4, 2015
So much fun in a so small game.
I recommend it.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
Recommended
10.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 8, 2015
I loved this game when it was new, don't play it much now but I do that with most of my video games.

I definitely recommend picking this game up if you're a fan of tug-of-war games and/or RTS.
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