If skilful sword play is right up your street, and you’re looking for something a bit more challenging than ‘fruit ninja’, then this game is sure to be something to keep you going. You play as a samurai warrior named Daisuke who is on the war path to seek revenge on his enemy, who is some unlucky chap called Orochi. Not the most original of story lines, but the focus, and strengths of this game lie elsewhere.
One of those is the stylish comic strip cut scenes and in-game graphics that help to keep you locked on to the action, as well as the array of different combos and attacks, when dealing with your opponents. After selecting the difficulty setting, and getting ready to start a game, you are presented with an instruction screen that shows you all basic controls. You basically have a control stick for movement on your bottom left, and two attack buttons, and a roll button on your bottom right, followed by your health bar and points on top, etc. Once you have been instructed in the way of the warrior, it’s time to time to let loose on a few foes.
One thing that jumps out at you about this game, is that it’s not made with kids in mind; yes this is a pretty gory title, much along the lines of another iPhone game, ‘Predators’. There are all sorts of graphical depictions on dismemberment and overall bloodlust, and when certain combos are pulled off, you get a slo-mo, zoomed in kinda thing that further adds to the ‘experience’. This is a pretty full-on game, which is not what you might expect due to the comic book look, so you have been warned! Controls feel very smooth & comfortable in general, with very little to complain about, which is good on that front, because it seems to be very hit and miss with some titles these days that rely on touchscreen game play.
To unlock, or advance to other area’s of the game, you must defeat your ‘wave’ of opponents. Energy will only be replenished on defeating them. You also have karma points that you acquire through kills, and attacking objects like barrels, etc. These karma points can be used to unlock new combos, and health. Basically this is a ‘slice and dice your way to gory glory’ title, and interesting level design and contraptions, make it all the more entertaining.
Overall this is a good game, if you like sword play, if a little limited. Graphics, animation, and cut scenes are all fantastic, as is the general playability. There are no online options, which may be a problem for some, although there is the offering of plenty of game play to keep most gamers happy.