Samurai II: Vengeance for iPhone and iPad. A Sharp Update on the Original Samurai

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Samurai 2: Vengeance Rating: ★★★★½

Back in July we reviewed a new game named Samurai: Way of the Warrior HD and were suitably impressed with it’s beautiful graphics, blood drench gore fest and wonderful Japanese environments. There were shortcomings, so I was interested to see how in less than 6 months does Samurai II: Vengeance match up to it’s predecessor?

The first major improvement is that the game is now a multi-device application which will work on both the iPhone/iPod touch and iPad for a single purchase. This means that the beautiful graphic novel style graphics look great on twice as many devices than before.

The two game modes still exist with the ‘game’ mode allowing you to massacre your way through seven chapters of increasingly challenging samurai fighting action while the Dojo is a fight to the death as a stream of attackers launch wave after wave of attacks onto you.

One of the major changes is the control mechanism. In the original Samurai the game utilized the full touch screen to enable gesture based controls, in Samurai II: Vengeance the more traditional d-pad and action buttons have been established which in my opinion provide more robust and accurate controls.

Samurai II Vengeance

Another huge change is the interactive nature of the beautiful environments. Barrels placed around the levels can now be slashed open to earn cash that can then be spent on upgrading your special combo’s. Having access to these powerful combo’s become more and more important as you progress through the game as the enemies become stronger and more resilient.

You also need to interact with the environment to open access to other areas. This doesn’t add any puzzle aspect to the game but the extra interactivity does add to the overall depth of the game. The levels are larger and grander than before although they are still linear in nature.

Samurai II: Vengeance is also Game Center enabled with 24 achievements and leader boards for all 7 levels and the Dojo. This adds extra value to the game once you’ve completed the game.

Although there are many similarities between the original Samurai and Samurai II: Vengeance there are enough tweaks and new features that make it a must have for those new to the genre and those who enjoyed the original.

Pros

  • Improved controls
  • Great graphics
  • Universal Application

Cons

  • Linear gameplay

$2.99 (View in iTunes)
Category: Games
Released:Oct 21, 2010
Version:1.0
1.0 (iOS 4.0 Tested)
82.4 MB
Language:English
Seller:MADFINGER Games, a.s.
© MADFINGER Games, a.s.
Rated 12+ for the following:
Infrequent/Mild Horror/Fear Themes
Infrequent/Mild Profanity or Crude Humor
Frequent/Intense Realistic Violence
Frequent/Intense Cartoon or Fantasy Violence
Requirements:Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 3.2 or later

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Craig WillisSamurai II: Vengeance for iPhone and iPad. A Sharp Update on the Original Samurai