You play Samurai II as Daisuke, a young gent on a quest for revenge, determined to track down his nemesis Orochi and, we dare say, do something a little unsavoury to him. It’s a manga-esque affair with a storyline that’s periodically told via cartoon strip.
You control Daisuke via the familiar virtual d-pad and action button combo. The d-pad moves Daisuke around the screen, while there are three action buttons – light attack, heavy attack, and roll. The first two are self-explanatory, while the third allows you to evade enemy attacks. At certain points in the game, you can interact with various levers that affect your surroundings and open up new gameplay areas and when this option is available a single ‘interact’ button appears in the regular buttons’ place.
The other thing that opens up new parts of a map is killing literally everyone on the screen at any one time. Leave someone alive and a big padlock symbol will block your path. Despatch everyone in the area and you can move on.
Combo moves can be unlocked during the game to unleash ever more devastating attacks on your enemies and you’ll need skill to evade the attacks of more skillful attackers like the samurai archer, who’s a royal pain in the backside with his long-range arrow attacks. We’re not fans in case you wondered. You can, however, level-up Daisuke as you fight through the various levels, improving his health and making him more and more able to deal with the onslaught of swordsmen heading his way, And it’s not merely the bad guys that are trying to thwart your mission, a raft of environmental puzzles also test your reflexes and coordination.
Samurai II doesn’t offer much in the way of pacing but if it’s a furious arcade slash-fest you’re after, you can’t go far wrong here. Beautifully drawn and impressively animated, the virtual d-pad control method makes it supremely playable. Definitely worth a look.
The Bottom Line
Not a huge amount of depth, but offers action all the way if that’s your bag.
Version reviewed 1.0
Requires Android 2.0.1. or higher