Developer: Kihon Games
Price: $0.99
Version Reviewed: 0.9.0
Device Reviewed On: iPad Mini

Graphics / Sound Rating: ★★★★☆
Gameplay Rating: ★★★★☆
Replay Value Rating: ★★★★☆

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆

Dojo Danger is a top-down strategy title that places ninjas against zombies in a dojo full of power-ups and traps. Players control of a team of ninjas each with their own unique abilities that they bring to the battlefield, the dojo. Players fling their group of ninjas at the zombies causing damage and possibly sending them into one of many traps that can be found on each level. Also, players choose to use special power-up abilities to help create even more chaos. Some of these abilities improve the aim so that players can effectively target and fling a character at an enemy that is far away. Players can also use mass poison, a nuke, earthquake and more, causing a great deal of damage. Additional options that are fun to use are increasing the size of the characters making them giant monsters that will cause great damage on a small map. It’s the player’s job to do all that is necessary to defeat the opponents and win the map, no matter what the size.

The gameplay is quite fun to play and can even be very difficult at times. The computer AI is challenging and sometimes forces players to use strategy when selecting what power-ups they want to use. Power-ups (and additional characters) are purchased with in-game money that is earned by completing levels and accomplishing three optional challenges that accompany each level. Also, players will pick up additional items that appear on the dojo floor such as additional health or increasing character size. However, players also need to be careful of mines and shrinking items that work negatively against them. Mixing good items along with bad and adding multiple traps in each dojo really provides for much fun, challenge and entertainment.

Most players should enjoy the strategic gameplay and the unique setting of this game. There are plenty of characters each with their own abilities, additional items for players to unlock and even a zombie campaign mode with 50 extra levels that players can purchase for an additional $0.99 cents. Furthermore, players can compete in daily challenges and even use a pass and play mode for local multiplayer.

Dojo Danger is a decent title that will keep players engaged and interested while progressing up the online leaderboards and unlocking additional content. I even caught myself humming along to the music while increasing my character size, flinging them straight into a zombie and knocking them into multiple spikes that led to my victory. I have run into a few bugs though, including one that erased my entire campaign, forcing me to start over. It didn’t reset my stats on the leaderboards or my achievements, but I have earned the same achievements multiple times upon restarting the game.

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