Scandanavian Set-To: Sweden In Conflict

NEVER invade Sweden
I’d love RPS to have a news ticker that pulled headlines from silly game plots: Korea has invaded the United States – Pyschic Dead Pregnant Teenager Sets Off Nuke – Skåne Invaded By Unknown Force, Sweden Deploys Mechs. What? You’ve never heard of that last game? You fools. You foolish fools of Fooltopia, wearing t-shirts that read “I is fool”, on the last week of Fulltember, during a fool moon. You’ve never heard of Sweden In Conflict? While I’ll admit this two-year old game has only just come into my life in the last hour or so, I think I’m in a position to mock you for missing it up until now. Sweden In Conflict is a free indie game with a love for destructible everything, and it is fun.

It’s pretty simple: you’re in control of a mech that moves up and down on the right edge of the screen. The bad guys slide in from the left, and you have to stop them reaching the right. With bullets. You can only shoot along the horizontal plane, so you’re constantly moving up and down while firing at the encroaching scum attempting to take over Sweden. As is the way of games and wars, things escalate.

What it’s really about is the kinetic joy of violence. Your bullets knock the leaves from trees, stripping them in a line across the screens. Tanks crush houses. Fire burns the trees. If you haven’t quite had your fill of clicking on things and watching them explode this week, then this is perfect. I lost twenty minutes to it.

It was made for The Game Assembly 2011, which is now a competition school that I’ll be keeping track of.


  1. tengblad says:

    Someone is invading Skåne? They can have it! They’re practically Danes down there anyway.

    • Kaira- says:

      At least they speak like Danes. My flimsy finlandssvenska works pretty much everywhere else in Sweden except Skåne.

      • Anders Wrist says:

        While the people of Skåne are perhaps a little bit easier to understand than most finnish people trying to speak swedish, they don’t exactly sound danish either.

        Denmark lost that territory a long time ago, and I think the only ones who still dream about getting it back, are the closet nationalists. :p

        I wonder how they’d like this game?

        • Cousken says:

          Actually i’m pretty sure none of the countries wants anything to do with Skåne, and we who live here want to ‘dig ourselves away’ and become our own country :P

      • spron says:

        Hurrah for finlandssvenska! I’ll be visiting this Summer and look forward to bringing my own language skills out of mothballs.

        • Lord Custard Smingleigh says:

          Language skills should not be kept in mothballs. Language skills should be kept in brine, or, possibly, under a cardboard pyramid with a hamburger and a razor blade.

    • AndreasBM says:

      The unknown force is, in fact, the Danes. Norway, you’re next!

      • Zeewolf says:

        No, we’re on their side. We’ll be taking back Bohus, Jamtland and Harjedalen now.

      • rustybroomhandle says:

        Er .. Rødgrød med Fløde!!!! or something witty-like…

      • Frisky Dingo says:

        Norway doesn’t care. As long as we can keep buying cheap beer on the border we would welcome your new alien overlords.

        Don’t worry, you could always move here and peel bananas. :)

    • AzureBlu says:

      Gräv bort Skåne!

  2. Isair says:

    For the record, if you don’t like the å character, you can just use Scania.

  3. Kaira- says:

    Sweden in Conflict? That’s a joke if I ever heard one. Or well, at least a WW2 joke. Alongside other classic books such as “Italy’s Greatest Conquests” and so.

    With loving regards,
    little brother Finland.

    • skalpadda says:

      You’d all be speaking Russian if it weren’t for us! Or possibly it’s the other way around..

      Hugs and kisses,
      big brother Sweden

      • Twitchity says:

        The Finns would be speaking Swedish if it weren’t for the Russians, they’d be speaking Russian if it weren’t for Simo Häyhä, they’d be buying Ikea if it weren’t for Iittala, and they’d be playing kubb if it weren’t for Mölkky.

        • Totally heterosexual says:

          I challenge you to the noble art of throwing pieces of wood around.

        • spron says:

          This very thread is full of win: +1 for mölkky!

    • Dozer says:

      Was this the event which started the Swedish Conflict?

      link to

  4. guardsman says:

    I’m currently a second year student at TGA and my team is currently working och a top-down Arcade shooter, Cuban Crisis . It’s currently on IndieDB and it will be released on Desura when we are finished with it in about 7weeks.

    Ps. This game is called Sweden In Conflict because one of our programming teachers was lead programmer on World in Conflict.

    • barelyhomosapien says:

      Hah! That was the first game that popped into my head when I saw the name!

    • Cousken says:

      There is also a subtitle, Battleground Skåne, which we added because of another famous Swedish game…

  5. Cousken says:

    What an awesome feeling, to log on your favorite pc games site and see your game mentioned :) thanks for all the nice things you had to say about it :D

  6. nitehawk says:

    Fool Moon

  7. Insidious Ruin says:

    Thanks RPS, for the free advertisement of my personal website. Just as I thought I could never love you any more. /bearhug

  8. Koozer says:

    The scrolling news ticker of game plots is actually genius.

  9. Hmm-Hmm. says:

    Man, I love RPS.

  10. Barman1942 says:

    I’d absolutely love to try this out but I get a runtime error every time I try to run it.