Soldiers Basics (3 out of 5)
Soldiers is your typical Facebook text-based RPG game similar to Mafia Wars except without the great content. In soldiers, you complete missions for experience and cash. Some missions require items, which you can buy in the game store. For example, you might need dog tags or a pair of brass knuckles to finish a mission. Players can battle with other Facebook users around their current level in the game. Recruit your Facebook friends to join your army and help you with battles against other players.
Missions in Soldiers (3 out of 5)
Soldiers start you off slow with only three basic missions you can complete. You get very little energy to start and you’ll have to wait a long time until your can complete your first three missions. You need to be at level four before you can take additional missions in the game. The lack of early missions and the slow progression won’t drive any users to the game. It would be nice to level up in less time and get to the heart of the game. You can increase your energy by upgrading your energy statistics in your player profile screen so this will help a bit with leveling your character. The only plus side is for players who don’t have much time to play and like starting games slowly. Missions in the game will give you cash, experience and you may loot an item. These text-based missions are standard for Facebook RPGs games like Soldiers.
Making Money and the Game Store (3 out of 5)
In addition to taking missions for income, you can own properties and land in the game. For example, you can own a campsite, training camp, small village, a hideout and so on. As you level up you’ll get more options. The game store feature items you can buy for your soldier such as dog tags, first aid kit, army bike, clothing and other typical army fare. Better equipment is available once you level up higher in the game. From the store, you can also sell any equipment you don’t need for a little cash. There’s nothing new here as far as RPG play is concerned since its all text-based play.
Game Play (3 out of 5)
Soldiers is a decent RPG game but most Facebook RPG fans have played this type of game before. There’s nothing new in this game for it to be appealing. The missions are standard, with the same experience, coins and loot you would expect for a war game. If the game had some animations or other content it would improve the game play in Soldiers. You end up doing the same mission grind until you run out of energy points. There’s enough content ot keep you playing but don’t expect anything new here. If you like war inspired text-based game play you’ll enjoy Soldiers.
Graphics/Sound (2 out of 5)
Soldiers has mediocre graphics at best. Besides a few pictures there's not a whole lot to get excitied about graphically with this game but that is standard for text-based RPGs. On the sound front the game doesn't have any sounds or a soundtrack at all. It's disappointing to see new games on Facebook without good graphucs and sound since the site is moving away from these text-based RPGs and into ones with a bit more depth.
Multiplayer/Interface (3 out of 5)
On the multiplayer side you can battle other Facebook users or have your friends become a member of your army. The multiplayer is standard and not that thrilling. Fights are text-based and don't take very long to finish. If you have better equipment or more team members you should win. The game interface is easy to learn and you won't have any trouble with Soldiers. You have your standard Facebook RPG with a menu at the top for misisons, the game, store, your profile and so on.
Conclusion (3 out of 5)
Soldiers is just an average Facebook RPG which does nothing to enhance the genre. The text-based games are getting tiresome and it's time to move on to better RPG games on the site. If you like war based RPGs you might get some enjoyment out of the game. Soldiers does the text-based RPG well but it is still the same old game you have played a thousand times before on Facebook.
All images from Soldiers.
Source: Article is author's own experiences playing Soldiers on Facebook.