Trolls vs. Vikings Hands-On Preview with Video

The developers of Trolls vs. Vikings don’t make any excuses about the game’s resemblance to Plants vs. Zombies. They look at PopCap’s modern classic as the start of a new sub-genre of tower defense games. To them, Trolls vs. Vikings simply fits in that genre. We’ll have to wait until it comes out to judge, but our main concern is whether or not Trolls vs. Vikings adds enough of its own to make it worth playing.

Trolls vs. Vikings puts you in the often misunderstood shoes of the trolls during a Viking invasion. Your job is to manage resources and deploy various types of trolls on the playing field to thwart the incoming enemies. Just like in PvZ, the field is divided into lanes, but some types of Vikings can cross into adjacent lanes as they approach.

The single-player campaign spans the seasons, with different maps, characters, and bosses appearing in each one. A multiplayer campaign is also included, with both real-time and asynchronous options, plus leaderboards. The game will appear on multiple platforms, and the multiplayer will work no matter what device your buddy is using.

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One thing we can say right now is that the game looks fantastic. The graphics are colorful and cartoonish, with silky smooth animation and a whole lot of personality. Clearly developer Megapop has put a lot of time into making each character look and feel unique. Watch the video to see what we mean.

Megapop is still early in the development cycle of Trolls vs. Vikings, but the game looks very promising. Trolls vs. Vikings will be free-to-play, and is set to release by the end of the year.

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