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  S.W.I.N.E. Demo Review
 
 

Gameplay

There have been many games produced that look great but the gameplay was lousy - S.W.I.N.E. is not one of them. This is not a typical resource gathering/unit building RTS like a Warcraft or Red Alert. Instead, you select the units you want before a mission based on how many Strategic Points are available.

One of the ways S.W.I.N.E. differs from traditional RTS games is in its resource management. As mentioned above, this is not a resource gathering and unit building marathon. Units are assigned at the start of each mission but you can purchase or sell additional units, resources and special capabilities for them. You can also purchase additional units during each mission if you have sufficient Strategy Points (SP). You can repair, re-supply and refuel your units if you have the appropriate resource trailers. The resources trailers are an important element of the tactical and strategic elements of the game so use them effectively. If you lose the truck pulling one of these trailers, you won't be able to move them and if the trailer is destroyed, it becomes very difficult to complete the mission. Also, you will be able to take units with you to subsequent missions as you successfully complete the missions.

The other aspects of the combat are typical fare. You can group the units and most of the game can be controlled by the mouse. The interface is clean and easy to understand. My biggest complaint is how the repair, ammo and fueling operations are selected. Many times I would select the function only to have it not register. When battle is fast and furious, having to go back and reselect something can be frustrating.

The voiceovers lend a touch of humour to the whole thing and the cutscenes (at least in the demo) are first rate.

Conclusion

I really enjoyed playing this demo and look forward to the full version.

It's not a perfect game (and the website is a muddled Flash nightmare), but it should supply many hours of enjoyment. You can download the 88MB demo from here or here (includes additional screenshots from the full game).

Rating: 4 out of 5

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      Posted by: , November 25, 2001, 6:00 pm  

 
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