Developer: Koogame
Price: $0.99
Version Reviewed: 1.0.0
App Reviewed on: iPhone 4S

Graphics / Sound Rating: ★★★★½
User Interface Rating: ★★★½☆
Gameplay Rating: ★★★★☆
Re-use / Replay Value Rating: ★★★★☆

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆

The plot in Sango Slayer: Saga of Zhaoyun is pretty straightforward. For one reason or another, the main character must destroy the enemy fortress and its leaders, while defending their own base and building units to aid them in battle.

The protagonist in this game is not the only one with unique abilities. Enemy castles have their own special units defending them, which means that most levels come with a different boss battle near the end. That aside, players will also find special missions such as leading an AI character safely to the other end of the map. Fans of the Japanese-specific manga drawing style are going to be very pleased with the scenes and characters in Sango Slayer. The animations themselves are fluid and immersive, with responsive controls and a friendly interface to complete the package.

IMG_0440As users level-up and collect gold, they gain access to more unit types, special abilities, and gear. Once unlocked they will become available for purchase (some of them through coins, others using the more rare currency of “jade”). Because players can’t bring everything they have with them at once, they’ll need to choose the skills and units that suit them best. In order to stand a chance against the more powerful enemies faced in later levels, players will need to upgrade their equipment and units. Upgrades generally cost gold, but new items usually cost jade.

The good news is that in Sango Slayer, the currency system was designed in a way that allows players to experience the full package without having to pay for in-app purchases (or wait for any timers to be reset). While many items can only be bought through jade, that too can be won after completing missions and logging into the game every day. If that’s not enough, players may also get more by trading with gold in the store. All of this is good, because it is, after all, a paid game.

IMG_0435So, Sango Slayer can be played without in-app purchases, it’s fun, and the animations are great- but it does have a couple of hiccups. For instance, the game’s straight forward battling system may leave hardened strategy fans wishing for more advanced tactical options. With this title, winning or losing a battle will depend largely on whether or not the player has equipped themselves with the proper gear.

Another issue can be found in the game’s translation. In regard to whoever wrote the text for the US version, it’s pretty clear that English isn’t their primary language. However, since Sango Slayer doesn’t rely too much on storytelling and doesn’t take itself too seriously, this issue will be overlooked by most. In fact, it’s something that actually adds to the game’s unique personality – I myself was more amused than irritated by all of the little grammar mistakes.

All in all, Sango Slayer: Saga Of Zhaoyun is a fun, immersive game with enough variety to keep users coming back for more.


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