I don't test a lot of games; I'm just not much of a gamer and usually find myself growing bored of games sooner rather than later. However, I am absolutely hooked to Samurai II: Vengeance thanks to the great story and thrilling action-packed gameplay. More details below.
Many thanks to Christopher for today's review!
Features & Use
Test device: LG Optimus Black
Android version: 2.3.4
Samurai II: Vengeance is the story of the Samurai Daisuke and his arch enemy Orochi. Seeking vengeance, Daisuke sets out through villages, settlements and finally the island of death. What really got me are the great details and the easy flow of the narrative.
The app is 41,3 MB once it's been installed. It supports App2SD and the required permissions seem legitimate.
There are two modes to choose from: the standard story mode and Dojo.
Story mode consists of seven chapters and your character is the Samurai Daisuke who is looking to get revenge from the evil Orochi. The details are great, which is a fun bonus in a game that largely revolves around fight sequences. And fight you must: be it in villages that are under siege by bandits or making it past obstacles and forts in order to get to Orochi.
Animations tell the rest of the story between chapters, which is how you come to know about the what really went down between Daisuke and Orochi.
Story mode can be played in three difficulty levels, but be warned that even the easiest one packs a punch.
Dojo mode is kind of a survival mode: you're standing in a ring and have to fight off a series of enemies that keep getting tougher and tougher, from Samurai to archers and finally boss men. The goal is to last as long as possible. You better be fit when it comes to using your combos or you will go down.
Samurai II: Vengeance is an awesome game, be it in story or Dojo mode. The manga animations are great, as is the story. My one complaint would be that there aren't enough chapters, especially for users who play the game as enthusiastically as I do.
Screen & Controls
Controls for Samurai II: Vengeance are nice and simple and can be adapted according to how you like to play games. The pre-settings are nicely intuitive: the motion button is located at the bottom left and the jump and attack buttons are on the right. This set up can be changed.
Use combo attacks against opponents to get the best results. To do so, use the attack button. Karma points can be used to buy new combos—and get this: karma is awarded to you for butchering opponents and destroying your surroundings.
I love the Samurai II: Vengeance graphics, and my guess is that if you love manga, you will too. The game is dotted with fun animations, for instance whenever you overcome an obstacle. Fight scenes are shown in slow-motion, and they can get nasty and bloody. While I don't flinch at the graphic depictions, I certainly wouldn't miss them if they were no longer there.
Speed & Stability
Samurai II: Vengeance runs smoothly and solidly. I experienced a few brief waits for certain chapters as well as the Dojo mode to load, but only sporadically. Aside from this I've been playing Samurai II: Vengeance for a while and it's never crashed or frozen up on me.
Samurai II: Vengeance costs EUR 1,99 in the Play Store. I say, that's a fair price for such an awesome game.