NVS Wargame - Ninja vs Samurai iPad Review
- Publisher: SOULGAME INFORMATION CO LTD
- Genre: Entertainment
- Released: 21 Dec, 2012
- Size: 44.7 MB
- Price: $4.99
- Vibrant aesthetic; creative character concepts.
- Strategic play opens up significantly in later stages; makes online play extremely competitive.
- One at a time turn-based gameplay can easily devolve in to a sluggish and pathetic game of 'cat and mouse' as you dance back and forth on the grid.
Disconnection issues aside, NVS Wargame can be a hard game to penetrate thanks to a sluggish early campaign and coy AI opponents in the story missions.
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As brilliant as a concept may be, if the player can't access your game it's going to fall flat. NVS Wargame - Ninja vs Samurai is an online only strategy title that suffers from many quirks, but most crippling of all is the instability of the servers you're forced to play on.
It's an odd decision on the part of the developer, especially as players can enjoy the single-player campaign without engaging in the multiplayer, however by pairing the two together (units and experience unlock and carry between each mode) this form of draconian protection is kept in place - if you can't connect, you're unable to play.
However, even when you can play things aren't always as exciting as they should be. For one, the turn-based combat can be tedious to engage in. Only one unit can be moved at a time, and barring certain exceptions (tile bonuses, power-ups, etc) you can only move one space on the hex-grid at a time too. It's far too easy to find yourself dancing back and forth waiting for the coy AI to finally step close enough to make any progress.
The 2D sprites are quite gorgeous, but they're static and only enhanced by a handful of special effects. It's a real shame as the character concepts are (at times) outrageous, and seeing how a lowly Bulb Samurai would try to attack a high-level Ghost Ninja could have been amusing (ala Battle Chess).
Alas the tactical depth of Ninja vs Samurai doesn't reveal itself until much later in the campaign, and by then you're likely to have already put the game down thanks to the poor pacing of the earlier stages and the wooden AI.
Consider picking it up on a sale if you don't mind slogging through the sluggish campaign to find its creamy filling.
DescriptionThis epic board game features strategy combat, cards collection, and fascinating story line in the unknown world of Ninja and Samurai!
Conquer over 30 missions with different difficulty level, collect and upgrade your own troops, battle with thousands of other players online!
Ninja vs Samurai is an addictive mixture of strategic game play, cards collection and story exploration. Collects rare Ninja and Samurai units like Phoenix Ninja and Kungfu Samurai and other powerful units with special abilities. Upgrades your troops and enhance them with tons of rare items to build different game play strategy. Conquer hard level of missions in the main story line, challenge other players in each PVP season online to win unique rewards!
－ Over 30 Ninja and Samurai with special skills are waiting to join your battle! Start your journey in the new world to collect the legendary heroes!
－ Upgrade your troops and enhancing them with unique items to build different game play strategy.
－ Challenge Bosses in over 30 elaborate missions with variety of events that you cannot imagine.
－ Win the reward of variety enhance items and rare units by PVP or conquering hard difficulty level of missions.
－ Build different customized troops and use the corresponding strategy to win fights against other players to win unique rewards in each PVP seasons!
Come on join thousands of players around the world to prove the legend of your strategy! A whole new world is waiting for you!
Note: A network connection is required to play.