The age-old debate of cats vs. dogs has had its fair share of exposure, as has the fight between ninjas and samurai. Now, Eutechnyx has made these struggles even more exciting by combining them! Say hello to Ninja Cats Vs Samurai Dogs, an iOS title for both iPhones/iPods and iPads! While the game technically requires the user to purchase the full game in-app, it’s one of those games that might actually be worth dropping the coin for!
Ninja Cats Vs Samurai Dogs is a tower defense game in which the field of battle is composed of five lanes. There are a variety of towers that each faction can build (each has a different function: resource generation, unit production, etc.) – but you only have enough space to place five of these structures (so you had best plan carefully). Units are created and deployed in one of the five lanes and make their way across the field to the other side. If they encounter an enemy within their range of attack, they will attack that enemy. If they reach the other side of the field, they will attack the end of the lane and claim that spot of the enemy territory, effectively removing one development square from your opponent.
At the beginning of the game, your most difficult task is to choose which faction you would like to play as. After a while, though, the game starts to become more challenging as characters emerge with different movement and attack abilities. For instance, some units with ranged attacks can shoot across lanes; other melee units can actually cross into different lanes. Juggling your different units and ensuring that you have a strong attack as well as a solid defense becomes something of a tricky prospect. It’s certainly not impossible – but don’t be surprised if you find yourself redoing some of the levels.
This map is beautiful. It also shows that there are multiple paths to explore!
Adding to the complexity (in a good way) is a massive skill tree. As you engage in canine/feline warfare, you gain experience points that go towards skill points that can be used to beef up different aspects of your army. The fact that you get a limited number of skill points to play with will cause you to take pause (or paws) and really weigh your options. Do you increase the level of one of your buildings or do you add a new unit to your roster? Decisions like that cannot be taken lightly, making this a game that certainly doesn’t fit into the “you can play a nice casual round in a few minutes” category; rather, it belongs squarely in the “even if you have a PhD in the Universe you will still need to take your time with this game” category.
Topping off the fabulous game-play is the really wonderful art style. Some might consider the visuals cartoonish; but to me they resemble Japanese and Chinese folk paintings, with muted colours and fantastic ink work. Animation is simple and effective, and both style and animation work with the audio to create a great experience. The style of this game really jived with me – and because of this it will remain in my play list for a long time to come.
Ninja Cats Vs Samurai Dogs is a great game if you are a strategic thinker. With a unique art style, great game-play, multiple paths through the campaign, and the ability to have more than one game going (not simultaneously – but through different save files), this game is awesome. The download from iTunes allows you to play nine levels, but there are sixty in the full version. This game plays equally well on an iPod 5 or an iPad 4 – but I definitely favour the iPad due to the fact that it’s harder to make mistakes (the iPod screen’s size can be a detriment – but only sometimes). If you’re looking for a game that will challenge you, this one fits the bill! The only way this game could be better is if they added Pirate Squirrels!