A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Proper strategy can overcome changing conditions, result in positive outcomes.
Positive Role Models
No positive, negative role models in game; whole goal is to conquer your neighbors by having more troops than they do.
Ease of Play
Simple to pick up, play, but combination of difficulty levels, strategy present challenges.
Violence & Scariness
Cartoon violence with one group overrunning another, enemy encampments in flames, but there's no blood, gore.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Mushroom Wars is a downloadable strategy game based on conquering neighbors through sheer numbers. Players are also required to use tactical planning to upgrade your existing strongholds to withstand attacks. The violence is shown with numerical values showing enemy strength -- when you have thrown enough troops at a base, and the enemy numbers in a camp hit 0, you conquer, or turn, the camp into your territory. The main campaign is a progressive one-screen battleground with different challenges, and it's easy to learn how to play, but the tactics for each level will keep gamers busy.
Is It Any Good?
It's always fun to have expectations exceeded with a title that appears so simple yet delivers depth and challenge. Mushroom Wars is bright and colorful, with appealing cartoon graphics and toned-down violence that lures players in and then delivers a solid strategic gaming experience. There doesn't appear to be much to the game, and even the controls are scaled way back to keep it fairly simple, but once you get past the early levels of the campaign, and the battlefields become more and more populated with targets, the game takes on another dimension of challenge and fun. The battles can be short or long, and up to 4,000 units can be storming around the battlefield.
If the game has a downfall, it's that not the entire package was delivered at launch. There are the Campaign and Skirmish modes, but the Multiplayer has yet to be released. And this game is a port of an acclaimed PlayStation game, so if players have it on that platform, there's little reason to get it for PC. Mushroom Wars has broad age appeal; it can be an introduction to the strategy genre for younger players and parents won't have concerns about content, but it can also provide some serious challenges for more experienced strategy gamers. This is a lot of fun(gi) and challenging to boot.
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