GunSwords, developed and published by One Button Studio, is a free to play MMO with strategy features. One Button Studio is a new Russian gaming company that started its activity in 2010. GunSwords gameplay is turn based. Players command a squad of units and fight other players in PvP matches. Winning matches rewards players with improved weapons, achievements and higher ranks. When creating their GunSwords squad, players have 3 classes to choose from. Each GunSwords class has different spells and abilities. The 3 GunSwords class types are: mage, swordsmen and gunner. A wide selection of weapons allows gamers to experience various play styles. Weapons include rockets, shotguns, swords and many more.
To be able to join a GunSwords match, players must first create a squad. Squads may contain any type of GunSwords class. Customization is the key element. Units wear different equipment that improves their combat capabilities. There are 15 unique weapons to choose from. Each GunSwords weapon can be upgraded. GunSwords is one of the RPG games that takes time and practice to master. The end objective of a match is to defeat the other players. GunSwords combat is turn based. The combat map is divided in hexagons. Each turn, players select a unit. A GunSwords unit can be moved to another location or can use a spell or ability. Some spells add defense and support to friendly units while others are used on enemy players to deal damage. There are special spells with increased effects that can kill an enemy unit with a nice finishing move. Each action costs AP (action points). Using an ability or spell costs 4 AP. Moving a unit costs 1 AP per hexagon. If players do not wish to perform any action during a turn they have 2 options: defense or retaliation mode. In defense mode, all units gain armor. In retaliation mode, all units use AP to retaliate when hit by enemy units. During fights, players will also encounter golems. These are computer controlled creatures.
GunSwords is available for Microsoft Windows and a version for Mac OS X is already announced.
When completing difficult challenges, players get achievements and ranks. GunSwords uses a matchmaking system to pair players with same ranks. This is a crucial feature for a balanced gameplay. GunSwords free RPG has lots of features. New players should check out the forums for guidance and support. There is also a practice mode. GunSwords is a great game for turn based veteran players and also for new players looking for a good strategy game.
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