June 30, 2022

Crush Your Enemies – Nintendo Switch Review

Now when I got hold of ‘Crush Your Enemies’ to review I didn’t really know what to expect. Other than in some way, shape or form I was going to annihilate some random enemies. I hadn’t heard of this game before and I’ve never really been into playing RTS (Real time strategy) titles. If I’m honest, even after watching the trailer I couldn’t predict just how much I would fall for ‘Crush Your Enemies’.

This Indie title had me hooked from the word go. You get to learn the basics straight off the cuff and you will be thrown pretty much straight into battle. It’s a simple layout, nothing fancy, no stunning graphics just pure pixellated slaughtering. The game itself is a strategic, tactical slaughter fest with no holding back on the word slaughter. This isn’t a slow paced, turn-based war title, it’s a gun-ho, in your face game, but I wouldn’t recommend that tactic all the way through. You will get taught different mechanics to the game and different styles of play as well as what each building, settlement or war band provides as you pillage your way through every level.

The overall objective of the game is to kill every enemy that’s situated on the battlefield while completing a handful of in-game objectives. These range from completing within an allotted time or finishing with a set amount of troops. Players fight over a grid of grass squares, capturing land, taking over buildings and pitting armies against armies by simply moving them onto different coloured squares. Green-coloured tiles belong to your foe, while orange ones represent the soil held in the name of your own barbarous cause.

There are a number of different units to be discovered such as peasants, warriors and archers and only one band can occupy a space at a time. The sorts of units you have on a particular map are decided by what buildings are already in existence. So to create archers you move warriors or peasants onto the square with the archery tent. To create warriors you move people onto the barracks. To make more peasants you move people onto the village. The development of these types of units in instantaneous and it doesn’t require any resources of any kind to spring these into life.

The only requirements you’ll face to produce more peasants or warriors, for example, is by having one or more occupy a small hut. This will, in turn, produce more characters second by second to be used as you see fit in your tactical advancements to destroy the enemy. When a hut is coloured red it becomes a friendly recruitment spot, and blue when it’s controlled by the enemy. Once you have units you’ll then find yourself having to think about directing units in the field of combat. Moving others strategically around the map to claim the different territories as your march forward. Along with the added stresses of managing the production of recruits as the valuable second’s tick by. There are huts, barracks & crossbow towers and, much like tiles, these can be claimed by enemy groups, but you can also claim those belonging to the opposition.

When it comes to controls, you can move your troops around with the analogue sticks and buttons of your Joy-Cons, you can also use the touchscreen or a pro controller. This is a game that made its debut back on the PC in 2016 and its controls are probably better suited to a mouse and keyboard but it’s pretty simple and easy on the switch to control. However, having also made the transition to mobile phones, the selecting and commanding of units is far more responsive when tapping the screen or dragging your finger to direct your troops. You can still play in docked mode at home but you get a much better feeling for the game in handheld mode.

This game adds in a plethora of comedic value relating to modern-day social media platforms and basic toilet humour and it’s simple additions such as these that add to the easy to understand script of the game in between the riots, pillaging and barbaric slaughter that is ‘Crush Your Enemies’.

All in all ‘Crush Your Enemies’ developer Vile Monarch has done an awesome job bringing this to the Nintendo Switch, its appealing soundtrack, toilet based humour, easy to navigate grid-based combat and all-out barbaric slaughtering are everything this game needed to be. You can sit down anywhere to get your fix, at home, at work, on the train or anywhere else you can plod yourself down. Although at times the combat can seem like you’re never going to achieve what’s set out as objectives you somehow find yourself trying over and over again due to its addictive nature. You will be a War Lord in no time. This game is simply a fantastic achievement and a must buy in my eyes. My overall score has to be 9/10, a true indie classic in the making.

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Crush your enemies is available now via the Nintendo Store HERE, for a minute £7.19


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Crush Your Enemies Review
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Summary

This game adds in a plethora of comedic value relating to modern-day social media platforms and basic toilet humour and its simple additions such as these that adds to the easy to understand script of the game in between the riots, pillaging and barbaric slaughter that is ‘Crush Your Enemies’. All in all ‘Crush Your Enemies’ developer Vile Monarch has done an awesome job bringing this to the Nintendo Switch, it’s appealing soundtrack, toilet based humour, easy to navigate grid based combat and all out barbaric slaughtering are everything this game needed to be and is. You can sit down anywhere to get your fix, at home, at work, on the train or anywhere else you can plod yourself down. Although at times the combat can seem like you’re never going to achieve what’s set out as objectives you somehow find yourself trying over and over again due to its addictive nature. You will be a War Lord in no time. This game is simply a fantastic achievement and a must buy in my eyes. My overall score has to be 9/10, a true indie classic in the making.

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