2K Games has announced that their mobile strategy game Sensei Wars has received an update adding new content and features. The big feature is the new Dynasty War mode, where players can join and fight rival dynasties to get exclusive rewards, along with bonus content. New buildings and defenses are available, along with new defenses, upgrades, and a global chat feature. The update is available now on Google Play.
Sensei Wars looks to shake up the stale city builder genre with a few innovations. Does it differentiate itself from the recent glut of wannabe Clash of Clans games?
Sensei Wars differs a great deal from other city builders in that you are given a leader or Sensei to lead your town. This warrior is the only one that can be directly controlled in combat and his skills and strength make him a vital part of gameplay.
A sensei can pick from three schools of skills that make him better at attack, defence or healing. This also affects what skills he can learn. For example, an army might have either a tough hero that rushes into combat with the men, or one that isnâ€™t as strong, but heals everyone around him, giving the whole army more staying power. This is a fantastic idea and really opens up the gameâ€™s tactical options.
While the sensei is very useful, a large part of Sensei Warâ€™s gameplay still revolves around building a thriving town, recruiting a big army and crushing your enemies. Mines and farms produce resources that can be spent on upgrades for your buildings or troops. Troops come in many flavours from the basic melee Monk to tough samurai and swift archers.
Sensei Wars looks excellent, with some stand out animations. Combat looks frenzied and even the most basic units ooze personality. Your sensei also looks great in combat as he walks around smacking enemies and there are tons of little details like how you see children skipping around the town and farmers labouring away in their fields that make you feel more like youâ€™re building a bustling town of warriors. Sensei Wars has some of the best graphics Iâ€™ve seen in a freemium game of its type.
The sound is similarly impressive. The roar of battle sounds good and thereâ€™s plenty of loud melee sounds to give combat some feeling.
Unfortunately the stink of freemium is strong in Sensei Wars and tries its hardest to ruin what would otherwise be a great game. Timers are everywhere and some of them are incredibly long. The game is so rich and deep that spoon feeding it to the player at such a glacial pace is very frustrating and will turn many off the game.
Sensei Wars is very similar to games like Clash of Clans and Total Conquest, but avoids being a soulless clone by the merits of its unique sensei system and amazing amount of personality. Itâ€™s worth checking out if you like your city building with a strong dose of RTS and role playing.