Reign of Swords

  • By lesp on Nov 22,2008

Reign of Swords, iPhone, Punch Entertainment, iPod Touch

Your troops are hopelessly outnumbered. The dozen or so Pikemen are emboldened only by your five Heroes, killing machines that strike fear into any enemy troop formation. As the seemingly endless wall of enemy Cavalry approach your Heroes charge, each killing a troop with a single blow. Your Pikeman advance and crush their first line, but are soon overwhelmed by sheer numbers. Just as the situation begins to look helpless Sir Anston, your mentor and teacher, arrives with 2 regiments of Knights and easily finishes off the weakened enemy forces. This is just one of the over 40 different missions in the exciting turn-based-strategy game Reign of Swords.

An Empire Divided

Reign of Swords takes place thousands of years ago, when Knights and trebuchets roamed the battlefields and black powder was a new invention. The fictional Carrone Empire is currently under attack from within. Carrone is actually an Empire made of many different Kingdoms that were ruled by Dukes under the Emperor’s control. With the death of the old Emperor and the installment of his young son many of the powerful Dukes decide to rebel from the Empire and rule the territories themselves. You step into this world as a Squire in the Carrone Army. Luckily you have Sir Anston, an old and battle hardened Knight, as your mentor. Under his guidance your first missions will involve the defense of the Emperor from Duke Pellus. Having successfully completed this task you are granted the title of Knight Banneret along with a meager army of assorted units. Now is when the real fun beings.

Reign of Swords, iPhone, Punch Entertainment, iPod Touch

Having defended the capital it is now up to you to lead your small regiment on a conquest of the rebellious kingdoms. Each of the 7 other kingdoms contains 3 campaign missions of varying difficulties that usually culminate in a show down with the most powerful Duke in the land… This conquest would be impossible without your loyal troops at your side.

Your Army

This is where RoS beings to shine. Each battle you are presented with a certain number of “deployment points.” Each of the 23 different units in RoS have a different deployment cost, ranging from 50 points for the lowly Militiaman to 500 points for the death dealing Hero. Because of this system you can play the same battle in many different ways. You could send in a small line of light infantry backed up by massive siege weapons, or you could focus all your points and have a decimating front line of Greatswordsmen and Heroes. It’s all up to you how you want your army set-up, but be warned, a great strategy one map could lead to utter defeat on another.

After each battle you win you collect some spoils of war, either units to bolster your army, or a few of the 6 different objects used to upgrade your existing units. This is another example of the brilliance of RoS. Until you have a massive army you need to consider every upgrade you make. To advance an Archer to a Ranger you need 1 spirit, but you could use that instead to turn a Militia into a Shaman. What you decide to do depends completely on your style of play.

Reign of Swords, iPhone, Punch Entertainment, iPod Touch


There are 3 different types of battles in RoS: campaign battles, raids, and online battles. The campaign battles are only played through one time. After you beat each of the 3 campaign battles it unlocks a raid that you can play multiple times to gain resources needed to expand your forces. Once you beat all 3 campaign battles in an area you are considered a contender for the title of King, and you can compete in online battles against other RoS players. The more online battles you win the more points you will collect. Once a week new titles are assigned to players, and bonus units to your army, based on your rank, and the battles rage on anew.

In campaign battles and raids you control each unit in your army individually. In online battles you and your opponent set-up your armies, set tactics for each section of troops, and then deploy. The computer takes over and carries out the instructions you gave. Once the battle is finished, usually within a few minutes, you can watch the whole battle turn by turn, or just skip to the end and see who won, what units were lost in the battle (for the loser), and how many points/spoils of war you gained (if you won).

Reign of Swords, iPhone, Punch Entertainment, iPod Touch

Graphics: 8/10
A throwback to the SNES era, anyone that’s played video games for more than 10 years can appreciate the graphics. They are simple, yet everything has its own unique animation.

Sound: 8/10
Like the graphics, simple but effective. Each different type of attack and movement has its own sound. The background music is pretty good, but doesn’t play during battles.

Gameplay: 10/10
Gameplay is addictive, and you will repeatedly find that half-hour you dedicated to playing has actually turned into two hours.

Replay Value: 10/10
Another place RoS excels. With the nearly unlimited ways to play every map you will definitely be coming back for more. In addition to trying different tactics of your own the computer also has different AIs. So, don’t think just because you played a map once you know what the computer will do.

Overall: 9/10
RoS is an epic game, one of the best in the App Store, but still not perfect. Despite the 20+ hours it takes to beat the campaign you will still wish it was longer, and the raids lack the same challenge as the harder campaigns. Online play also suffers from a few bugs, such as challenges and battles disappearing, that keep it from taking the perfect 10. Even with these flaws it is still a must have for any fan of turn-based-strategy games, or someone looking for a game that won’t break the bank while keeping them entertained for a long time.

7 Responses for "Reign of Swords"

  1. junius December 3rd, 2008 at 2:53 am

    Not the best review ive come across. The game was addictive for a few weeks through completing the campaigns and online play but it does get very repetitive. The Ai is brainless in online play. audio 2/10 visual 4/10 gameplay 7/10 replay value 5/10 overall 4.5/10. I had lots of fun for 2 wks but it quickly got boring.

  2. BillyC December 3rd, 2008 at 1:23 pm

    @junius: Thanks for the feedback on the article! :) If you’re a good reviewer, would you consider joining our staff to review iPhone games?

  3. Cdawf January 3rd, 2009 at 10:43 pm

    yo this game really does rock sure it does have sudden drop in interest after the campaign is completed but the online battles kept me entertained forever easily 9.5/10

  4. fropple April 29th, 2009 at 4:28 am

    ” takes place thousands of years ago, when Knights and trebuchets roamed the battlefields and black powder was a new invention. ”

    do you not mean hundreds of years ago?

    sorry, just pointing it out. Nice review btw

  5. fropple April 29th, 2009 at 4:31 am

    btw, in reply to Junius, you said this was fun for you for two weeks, and i know a lot of other games with higher ratings that dont last two weeks. Flight control ( which has been the top for some while ) was fun for me for about 10 minutes

  6. Gaz October 20th, 2011 at 1:49 am

    My battles disappear one in every ten or so online battles. Makes me lose all the troops i entered into the battles and i find myself constantly trying to increase troop numbers to replace the ones that mysteriously keep going missing. 0/10 for pis*ing me off with this. good game though really.

  7. Dan July 7th, 2015 at 12:40 pm

    I used to play this game a lot, but is it not on the App Store anymore? Or not for iPhone 6? I had lots of fun playing it and would like to relive the memories :)

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