MADFINGER Games’ Samurai: Way of the Warrior, one of the most unique and visually impressive hack and slash titles for the iPhone/iPod Touch, has been completely re-written from the ground up for the iPad and makes its way to the App Store today as an “HD” release. We reviewed the game last year and found it to be highly enjoyable (and bloody) experience:
There’s nothing better than literally splitting your enemy in half, like right out of a Tom and Jerry cartoon, or slashing his head off like popping the head off a daisy – blood splattering all over, even up onto your screen. Really there’s nothing not to dislike about Samurai: Way of the Warrior, and I can’t help but give it a Kiss It rating.
The HD version of Samurai not only sports high-resolution graphics, combination attacks, fatal dismemberments and enhanced AI, but also an iPad exclusive “Deadly Dojo” survival mode. Needless to say, for iPad owners out there who missed out on the iPhone version (not to mention those who have an affinity for “bloody” good games), I recommend you give the newly minted HD version a go. Slicing and dicing enemies has never been more fun. Video trailers after the break!
MADFINGER Games, Samurai: Way of the Warrior HD – $4.99
As renowned as the iPhone version is for its stylized manga-like graphics and its bloody gameplay, the HD version takes all the virtues of the original and improves upon them. Carefully crafted comics establish and maintain the story line between battles, lending the action increased drama. The goal of the game is to kill all the enemies in a particular setting, so as to unlock the gate and proceed on to the next stage. The player controls the Samurai with his finger on the touch-screen, moving him in all four directions. Defensively, the player swipes their finger left, right, or up to evade an enemy attack. Swiping in this way over the enemy controls the player’s attack. Successfully combining swipes activates powerful combination attacks.
Gameplay is set in the midst of the Japanese Sengoku period, and the player is Daisuke Shimada, a wandering Samurai. It is the most dangerous of times, and Daisuke must ultimately face the evil Daimyo Hattoro, who has spread fear and terror throughout the countryside. Many battles must be won before meeting Daimyo, and Daisuke does battle with enemies in many villages throughout feudal 16th century Japan. There are a great variety of settings in which battles are fought, and highly detailed foliage, bridges, arenas, houses, statues, streets, etc. The game is played from an overhead point of view and both graphics and movement are highly realistic within the stylized motif of the action.
• First hack and slash game developed specifically to leverage the iPAD touch screen.
• Deadly Dojo only for iPad !!!
• No more virtual joysticks or gamepads, only your finger and touchscreen.
• Visit several unique environments in the Japan in a feudal 16th century setting.
• Unlock all combo attacks and master your skills.
• Never before seen comics storytelling
• Special Dojo mode. Fight in the arena sparing enemies in the rounds.
• Online leaderboards
• Facebook and Twitter integration
• Friends lists
• Persistent player profile
• Original movie like soundtrack.
• And much more…
Recommended for fans of hack ‘n slash games as Ninja Gaiden, Devil May Cry, God of War or Heavenly Sword