Dairojo! Samurai Defenders Review

Dairojo! Samurai Defenders
Developer: Abylight
Platform: DSiWare/Nintendo DS
Price: 800 DSi Points

Dairojo! Samurai Defenders is a downloadable game for the DSi. In this game, you place samurai warriors to defend a castle.

On the top screen are hints as to what unit is useful for what purpose, and the bottom screen is your battlefield, castle included. There are some areas where you can place your units, and some where you can’t. Enemies will come in from certain points on the map, either by air or by ground, and follow a certain path toward your castle with the intent of destroying it. There isn’t a whole lot more to this game, really.

I’ve noticed that this game is basically a clone of the Crystal Defenders games, which are based on the Final Fantasy series. I’ve also noticed that this game is considerably harder (I can’t even beat the first level, which wasn’t the case with Crystal Defenders R1). The graphics look like they belong on the NES, too, which doesn’t really help the game’s overall worth much, considering it’s on the DSi.

The Final Word
Overall, I’m going to have to give this game a 1 out of 5. It’s not cool that the gameplay is practically stolen from the Crystal Defenders series, especially when it’s been made harder and replaced with NES-style graphics. I mean, seriously, haven’t we evolved past the 8-bit age? This game really only appeals to tactics genii who absolutely despise Final Fantasy. For everyone else, just buy the Crystal Defenders games.

– MonsterVine Rating: 1 out of 5 – Abysmal

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