Hey y’all. Its time for another GameTime. This week we’ll take on slicing vegetables, dicing epic poems, skewering a side scroller, and cutting through the snow. That’s about as good as we could do for a theme this week, but check it out below.
Veggie Samurai is to Fruit Ninja as butter is to margarine; they’re technically different, but nobody can really tell how, hence the phrase, "I can't believe it's not butter."
By all intents and purposes, these are the same games. Between the excellent Veggie Samurai and the equally excellent Fruit Ninja, we're not sure which came first (Well, Fruit Ninja, but that's besides the point). Even though Veggie Samurai is basically a shameless Fruit Ninja ripoff, it also let’s you dice vegetables, cutting them into many little slices. This little feature might seem like a small add on, but it speeds up the pace of the game, making for more interesting combos, and utilizing multitouch. It also adds at least a single feature to differentiate the two games.
Yes, friends, the new turbo ginsu. Wa-hoo! It dices, it slices, and it makes French fries.
And if you like one, you’ll almost definitely like the other.
In Epic form
During a wonderful feast
Quoted the king of The East,
"Whomever would take the hand of my daughter,
Must survive a great, and intentional slaughter.
The challenge: to steal our crest from below
Our castle while I attack you with my bow."
"Like tower defense?" cried out one drunken peasant.
He was shot through the head in the tick of a second.
"Nay!" cried the king with a growl in his throat.
"Like Castle crashers?" asked another. He was thrown in the moat.
"Tell us what!" they cried. "We aren't telepathic!"
"More like Stick Wars!" he roared "but with much better graphics!"
So wave upon wave came to conquer his castle.
So many did come, they became quite a hassle.
So he saved up his farthing,
Pulled back on his bow string,
And Upgraded his castle till dawn.
Though the challenge grew repetitive,
He promised he would not give up,
And the armies from Westland marched on.
He added a barracks owing to the demand
and shot with three different input commands.
After many a unique level,
He spotted the devil.
Perhaps lack of sleep
Caused him to mistake the large sheep.
He pointed the bow and the arrow was led.
His shot was not the best,
And though he'd aimed for the West,
He hit the young Princess instead.
Okay, let’s just get it out of the way: Knights Rush definitely shares similarities with Castle Crashers, but it's safe to say that it’s no Veggie Samurai. There are more than a few features that help differentiate it from the XBLA phenomenon, and really, who cares? If a game half as good as Castle Crashers makes its way to an iOS device, you’d be smart to pick it up.
When all else fails, strap some dynamite to a hamster.
The graphics are splendid, and the controls are wonderfully responsive. With three different modes to choose from (Campaign, Endless, and Super Endless) it’s well worth the three bucks.
iPad and iPhone
This week our high-score is for the excellent Solipskier. If you haven’t checked out this game, do it. There’s just about a million different ways to rack up an impressive score, but the gist of it is to draw a path for your audio-head skier.
Who can do better than 6,889,952?
That’s it for this week. Check it out next week as we’ll most definitely be covering your favorite iOS game of all time.
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