Semantic Wars is what happens when you combine a side scrolling war game with hangman. The basic idea is that you need to defend your castle and destroy the enemy’s castle. The more you use a troop type, the more experience they get towards leveling up and becoming more powerful. In order to recruit troops, you need money which you get from playing hangman. But you also lose money for incorrect guesses, and if you have no money you lose lives from your castle.
The graphics are really adorable and I love the background music. It has a very nice epic adventure feel to it. The controls are super simple, since its all driven from the keyboard. You use 1,2, and 3 to summon your troops. There’s a slight spawn delay while they are readied in the castle and then they show up on the screen in the order summoned. You also use the A-Z keys to guess letters. You can use the space bar to zoom out and see the whole screen, or use the arrows to move the camera around and see different parts of the battle field.
There are power ups which fall from the hot air balloon you can see in the picture above. There are tons of them and some help in the battle while some help in hangman. There’s a leader board for each of the three difficulties, which pretty much rounds out the awesome of Semantic Wars. My only real complaint is that the categories are really vague and general, meaning that if “building” comes up as the category, the word might be “brick”. This may, of course, only be a trait of easy mode. So I highly suggest checking it out. I award Semantic Wars a 4 out of 5 hearts. Well done!
If you’re interested in trying out Semantic Wars, its available for free in the Google Chrome store.