Published on January 21st, 2013 | by Craig Forshey


Dynasty Warriors Slashes Its Way Onto Google Play, We Go Hands-On

“Dynasty Warriors Slash”, the first mobile entry in the fan favorite tactical action series has recently made its way onto Google Play. This game is only available in Japan at the moment, but we will be reaching out to the developer for any information on a world wide release. Speaking of the developer, this games is a joint collaboration between Tecmo Koei and Gree, which publishes many of Japans Android titles. So how does Dynasty Warriors play on Android? Is it the game you know and love or is it something different altogether, as is typical of mobile ports of console games?


Thankfully, the game play from the classic series is largely intact and employs a surprisingly intuitive control scheme. The game itself consists of two parts, an over world consisting of menus and cards and the battles themselves, which are straight out of the original game!

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The over world mode is fairly straight-forward, it provides a simple menu system to show dialogue between the characters, acquire new items and weapons, and to upgrade your character. Since many Android gamer’s don’t know Japanese, we would recommend skipping the over world and jumping into the battle mode, which is where the fun is anyway!

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The battle mode is a little slice of heaven. Rather than simply paste a joystick and buttons on the screen and calling it a day, like so many other dev’s do(*cough* Gameloft *cough*), this game uses an intuitive and easy to use interface. To run up to an enemy, you simply tap the one your after and your character will give chase. To attack, you swipe across the screen like Fruit Ninja but with ancient feudal samurai instead of killer fruit. It is similar to the Ninja Gaiden mobile game “Ninja Gaiden For 100″(look for our hands-on for that game soon!). Different moves can be achieved by different swipe gestures, always starting the swipe with the specific baddie you want to take out. Another great addition is the ability for seamless drop-in, drop-out multiplayer. While you are playing your own game, other players online while spawn on the other team! This adds a really cool element to the game.

The graphics in this game are above average, with visuals on par with or approaching PS2 quality. The main character’s are fairly detailed and recognizable enough, but the enemies and especially environments are bland and lifeless to say the least. The ground seems to be the same texture repeated ad-infinitum. While the graphics aren’t this games strongest suit, they are passable.

We really enjoyed playing this game and would recommend it to others with a few caveats. It is currently a Japanese-only game so if you want to play it you’ll need an app like “Market Enabler” to access it. Most importantly, and also disturbingly, like several other recent Gree games, this game asks for root permissions at start up!  Simply denying the root request will allow the game to go on, but it is alarming nonetheless. The same behavior was recently found on our play through of Metal Gear Solid: Social Ops. We will be covering this phenomena in the future.

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