Version Reviewed: 1.1
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 4S
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If raccoons are able to knock down garbage cans and spread trash around the yard in the middle of the night without waking up the whole neighborhood, it's clear that they have some ninja skills and Dojo Madness only confirms this fact. This game has players controlling a raccoon with some serious kung-fu chops in an attempt to survive as long as possible against a 360 degree onslaught of enemy fighters. Dojo Madness has simple tap controls, well rounded gameplay, and gorgeous graphics. However, some of the game's finer combat mechanics take more than one finger to execute and are consequently a bit cumbersome.
In this game, the player's raccoon stands in the middle of a dojo at the intersection of several paths on which enemies will attack him. Enemies approach the raccoons from one of these paths and the player must tap them to direct the raccoon to attack and clear them from the screen. However, the raccoon can only reach so far with his staff weapon and so players must wait for the opportunity to attack. Using power stored up by completing combos, players can also launch energy attacks which come in handy when facing enemies with their own energy or missile attacks. To manage multiple enemies at once, players can use two or three-fingered taps to unleash ever more powerful attacks. When compared to the simply smooth single tap mechanics of most of the game though, these multi-fingered attacks are much more difficult to use.
The mix of different enemy types, different attack possibilities, and multiple simultaneous attackers makes this game fast-paced, hectic, and lots of fun. The well animated characters and environments are just the icing on the cake. Two different difficulty levels also make Dojo Madness accessible to all different types of players.
This game is free, though it is ad supported. Between each wave of enemies survived in the dojo, the game pauses for twenty seconds, forcing the user to wait and look at ads before continuing to the next wave. This can be very intrusive and take the player completely out of the experience. Ads can be removed via in-app purchase for $0.99 which also goes towards saving real life ninja raccoons all over the world. It's possible to enjoy the game with ads, but it's not too much to remove them and it also supports a environmental cause as well. Dojo Madness has so much going for it that players should certainly give it a try for free and consider purchasing the ad-free version if they like it.