If a bear slices up enemies in the woods, does anyone hear it? Yes, if you play the new iOS game Bushido Bear from the makers of Triple Town, Alphabear, and more. We got to preview Bushido Bear during GDC, and now it’s available for anyone to try. The game offers a swipe based action challenge in which you drag your finger near enemies to defeat them. Your goal is to direct the bear next to enemies, rather than right into them, so that he can slice them, and keep going.
Bushido Bear is reminiscent of Fruit Ninja with the ninja theme, swipe gestures, and endless action set-up. Swiping next to enemies, rather than through them is a nice change of pace though, as it requires a little more thought and precision. The game is familiar, yet fresh, and still offers an endless high score challenge. You can build up multipliers by dragging a line that leads the bear past multiple enemies. There are distinct waves to face, but there’s a randomly generated endless series of waves each time you play. The endless nature is a bit disappointing, but on the flip side the random waves keep things a bit fresh when you restart.
Bushido Bear offers some replay incentive in the form of the unlockable bears. If you’re familiar with Alphabear, the art style will stand out, and even if you’re not, you can expect a series of cute bears. In the case of Bushido Bear, the unlockable bears feature new abilities to slow down time, teleport, offer bigger swords, and more. Not only that, but you can bring 3 bears into battle with you to give you three lives in the endless set-up. There are three daily missions to complete to help you earn those bears as well as new locations, but you do have to wait for a new day for a new set of missions. It all comes down to the proper positioning of the bear, as you swipe the line, and then watch the bear perform the action. You need to make sure that the line you draw gives the bear enough room, so that it doesn’t collide with a moving enemy. It all adds up to an entertaining challenge that is easy to pick up and play, and yet challenging enough to keep you coming back to try to better your style and score.
Bushido Bear (Free, Universal) is an enjoyable quick action game that is well worth picking up.