Conclusion: It’s a little fun puzzler for the easy minded, yet still a challenge for braniacs, as they can chose to go for the top score on the leaderboards. So far, over 687 million swarmites has been harmed, killed and molested in unthinkable ways; check out the counter on the official website (...
Conclusion: God bless you if you have the tenacity to accept the challenge that Swarm provides, because it’s the sort of game that will deliver acute amounts of satisfaction when you’ve finally trounced it, but god help your TV/console/controllers/dog/local crockery shop if you’re the older brother above.
Excerpt: You never feel like you're in control when playing Swarm, though that's probably because guiding 50 hapless blue blobs to any particular destination was always going to cause problems. The controls don't help.
Excerpt: An old saying in the advertising world goes something like this: "The best way to kill a mediocre product is with great advertising." Set that aside a second, though, and ask just what a small game developer might do to promote their new game? A video, right?
Pros: Making a tower of shoulder-standin' buddies is as cute as a kitten sandwich.
Cons: Dealing with the scoring system saps a lot of joy from the game.
Summary: " Swarm " is badly let down by the chronic difficulty level; it’s a casual title that shouldn’t be so stingy about rewarding progression, at least on a first playthorugh. Replayability is actually pretty strong, so it’s disappointing to see mandatory scores needed.
Excerpt: The creators of the Penny Arcade and DeathSpank games, Hothead Games , have made some pretty good games, right? Yeah… Okay, so let’s stop being coy; Swarm is not very good. It is sometimes good, but not often, with the key problem being vaguely satisfying mechanics that fail to override the “Wait,...
Excerpt: In this day and age you may often feel nothing more than a number. You blend into the huge crowds and no matter what you try, you cannot move upstream. You are doomed to just go with the flow. In Swarm, a downloadable game by Hothead games (of Deathspank fame), that is exactly what life is like.
Excerpt: Some games are so simple in their concepts that adding in any complexity could ruin them, skewering the original vision of the developer in the process. Hothead Games’ Swarm is definitely a game that is simple in both vision and concept, in which keeping alive a swarm of aliens and killing the odd...
Summary: Swarm is an inventive mix of strategy, platforming, and racing. It's a bit short and simple and requires too much trial and error, but patient gamers and high score seekers will likely get a kick out of its easy to learn but hard to master concept.
Pros: Unique premise, Exhilarating and chaotic setpieces, Lots of strategy, Dark, comic deaths
Cons: Trial and error gameplay, Hard to keep track of units, Too short, Hardly any story