Samurai Siege Review

Samurai Siege Review

Oct 22, 2013

While Pirates vs. Ninjas is a common argument online, the matter of Samurai vs. Ninjas is less debated. Luckily, Samurai Siege is here to answer this age old question.

Samurai Siege sees the player assume control of a clan of samurai under attack by Ninjas and other enemies. The game features a single player campaign where you work your way through increasingly difficult battles, destroying the enemy base each time. Other players can be attacked and your village is constantly at risk of destruction. There is a strong focus on multiplayer and destroying other player’s villages awards a huge bounty of resources, making on-line play very appealing.

Screenshot_2013-10-13-15-54-02Combat in Samurai Siege is simple, yet complex. The player’s role in the battle boils down to selecting what troops to deploy and then tapping to unleash them. Troops themselves cannot be controlled, and will often attack the first building or unit they encounter. This often means that a bit of thought is needed on where and how to deploy your soldiers, lest they hack ineffectually at a wall or harmless building while archers pick them apart. Each kind of solider has a preference as to what they will attack first, so it’s possible to prioritize that threats get destroyed first as long as you are smart with your unit deployment.

Many different types of units are available. Thankfully, units are unlocked by completing single player missions, rather than flat out paying for them. The pacing of unlocks is excellent and its never too long until there are new troops to play with.

Soon your village will grow from a few scattered markets and wells to a mini fortress with archer towers, traps and walls everywhere. A fair bit of strategic thought is needed to place towers and walls in a way that will funnel enemies into killzones and keep them away from your vital resource buildings. Losing a fight destroys some of your buildings, but they will be rebuilt after a short wait. Resources are also taken.

Screenshot_2013-10-13-11-55-13Graphically, Samurai Siege is certainly good to look at. Buildings are pretty, but they have little animation to speak of, being pretty much static. Units are pleasingly cartoonish and have plenty of personality. Combat animations are a bit lacklustre compared to other games however and the ability to zoom in closer to watch your units fight would be welcome. The worst part of the graphics is the game’s extremely tiny fonts.

Nearly all of Samurai Siege’s text is nigh on unreadable and low contrast and this really hampers enjoyment of the game. Many icons are also extremely small.

Soundwise, SS fares somewhat better. A large amount of peaceful period music and birdsong companies the action and sound effects are pleasing. Battles are a bit too quiet however.

Samurai Siege is an enjoyable game with a few interface problems that get in the way of the fun. If you enjoy city buildings or just nice, tactical games you’ll surely enjoy Samurai Siege.