Game play: After you select a hero to play you go to a color page in the comic book. It is a basic tutorial. The controls are a bit different as there are not really any buttons but there are quadrants of the screen that you can touch and have your character do something. The upper LH quadrant makes your character jump to clear objects and if you double tap the area the character will jump twice as high and further. The lower LH quadrant makes your figure slide to slip under objects. The advanced tutorial teaches you that lower RH quadrant swings your sword and kills your enemies and the upper RH quadrant destroys all objects that are directly in front of you.
As you run along try to collect the Yen coins in your path as well as the sushi to recharge yourself. Sometimes the coins and sushi are very close to obstacles that can kill you so be very careful or bypass the temptation to try to get the ones in dangerous locations.
Every comic book page represents a level in the game. Don't kill civilians, jump over them. The obstacles of the game come very fast and you really have to be ready to focus and play. Timing is crucial to playing the game and don't double jump when you don't have to as you may not have time to recover to clear the next object.
Like most games the further along you are the levels last longer and the challenges occur more quickly and you have to work on your skill in using the control scheme that the app uses. Killing your enemies takes good timing.
Main page: * Chapters also contain the credits. There are 6 chapters in the black and white comic book you can view and they are Ricefields, Town in Flames, Dark Forest, Bamboo Maze, Ice Storm, Infinite Cave. * Relics are items you can gather * Total scores * Delete games * Sound * Sound FX
What I like: The graphics are well done and the action of the game is good. It certainly is challenging for me to play it. I did find the game action almost too fast and you don't have enough time to clear the next obstacle. I was killed many times on the more advanced levels and it can become frustrating.
What I don't like: After starting the game several times you are prompted to rate the game.
The challenges in the game come at you so quickly and there does not seem to be any speed adjustment or easier level to help you to learn how to handle all of the challenges. You are almost forced to try the level and get killed multiple times before you can figure out the necessary actions to beat the level.
I am not a fan of the permissions in the game particularly the Kindle State and ID. While there can be some valid reasons for this permission used in conjunction with full internet access there are also risks of the collection of your device ID and phone numbers. It is a personal decision regarding the game and the risk you wish to take.
Summary: This is a pretty good game but it does get hard quickly. It can become frustrating when you have to die multiple times on a level just to begin to learn all of the possible obstacles you have to face and be killed by. You have very little time to prepare for action and with the obstacles coming in random order and being different heights or widths you barely have time to react. On one level I was killed so many times I am embarrassed to tell you how many it was. I wonder if most people will have the patience to continue to play the game.
There is also a learning curve to using the controls to be able to play the game well. I rate the game:
Graphics 5 stars Sounds 4 stars Difficulty 3 ½ to 4 stars as it gets too difficult too quickly. Permissions 3 stars Overall 4 stars
Size: The app puts 3.20 MB in the application data storage area of the Kindle Fire and 22.901 MB into the memory storage area reserved for your books and other personal data.
Permissions: * Network communication - full internet access * Kindle calls - read Kindle state and identity * Network communication - view network state * Hardware controls - control vibrator