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App description: Ninjas from an opposing clan have invaded your dojo.
There is only one thing to do: defend it to death.

Features:
Gorgeous pixel art
60 fps smooth gameplay
Juicy sound effects & adrenaline-pumping soundtrack
Level up & skill point system
Increasingly challenging levels
12 types of enemy with sophisticated AI
Deadly boss fight
Roguelike features
Many weapons for purchase with in-game coins (not IAP)
In App Purchase: Ad removal

Features NOT included:
Annoying requests for permission
Push notifications
Pay-to-win

Groquest's comments:
Dojo Slash is a 2D hack and slash action game with roguelike features.
Made this all by myself, so enjoy it.
It's a free game. Looking forward to you feedback. Thank you.



Gameplay Video

11-08-2014, 01:38 AM
#2
Hmm..interesting. The graphical style looks great. Trying this now

11-08-2014, 06:06 AM
#3
Joined: Sep 2014
Location: Greece
Posts: 1,328
Ok, i tried it! I have good impressions, it shows it was made with gusto!
+i like the pixel slash/dash/bleed effects
+i like that when you level up, you get a choice out of 3 upgrades, making it roguelike
+i like the purchaseable weapons, though i found their prices steep especially the later ones. Also some don't make a lot of sense for a ninja (sabre?)

Bonus point for starting the game and reminding me of an old dos prompt starting game.
Also bonus points for the falling cherry blossoms when you die.

My suggestions:
1)add a virtual joystick and action button control scheme for those of us who dont want our finger to be in the way of the action slashes
2)break it down into chapters, each with their different environments and enemies to be easier on the eye. and give a sense of accomplishment to the player (ie zen gardens, castles, oni and all that eastern mythology and scenery.)
3)add more weapons and maybe adjust the prices
4) add a super cool shrine in the middle of each chapter or so, giving you a powerup that changes a bit how you play

Congrats for reading that far, and now : implement all those changes, and make it paid!!! if you think it is a good cost/benefit choice. I hope you succeed!
11-08-2014, 07:40 AM
#4
You can get rid of the ads at the end of the weapon upgrades. Imho, everything done right the way it's released.

While the controls are responsive, they need some time to get used to. It has this short momentum until you can attack again (when your slide is finished), leaving you vulnerable meanwhile. A bit more patience, knowing your actual attack range and reading the blinking signs of the different enemies helped me a lot to improve my score.

To buy every sword, i agree, slow income. On the other hand though, chasing my highscore while having fun increased my stack faster than i thought.
I'm not sure yet which sword i want to go for next. While i don't want to be slower again, a wider attack range could compensate that, maybe.

If you like Bleeding Edge or Dark Slash, give this a try.

Btw, I like the idea with the shrine in the middle.

Edit: $1 to clear the ads

Last edited by Qwertz555; 11-08-2014 at 07:44 AM.
11-08-2014, 10:37 AM
#5
Joined: Aug 2013
Posts: 1,937
Does the dev make more money from ads or from the $1? I like this game enough to just keep the ads, if it helps.
11-08-2014, 11:37 AM
#6
Joined: Oct 2014
Posts: 39
Wow, thanks for your insightful feedbacks, I really appreciate it.
I'll make sure to improve gameplay with updates.
11-08-2014, 11:43 AM
#7
Quote:
Originally Posted by Groquest View Post
Wow, thanks for your insightful feedbacks, I really appreciate it.
I'll make sure to improve gameplay with updates.
I too really like your game and played for over an hour last night.
11-08-2014, 11:48 AM
#8
Joined: May 2009
Location: Denmark
Posts: 418
Quote:
Originally Posted by rich_952000 View Post
I too really like your game and played for over an hour last night.
Me too

Lots of fun
11-08-2014, 11:56 AM
#9
Joined: May 2014
Posts: 1,491
Reminds me of Darkslash and Darkslash is a blast.. Downloading as we speak
11-08-2014, 11:58 AM
#10
Quote:
Originally Posted by Groquest View Post
Wow, thanks for your insightful feedbacks, I really appreciate it.
I'll make sure to improve gameplay with updates.
Welcome !

With the facts me playing for two straight hours, getting rid of the ads and you showing up here, made me rais my rating to 5 stars.
Congrats to this little labor of love !

Edit: if you add any new control system, please only as an option. I get along very well as it is now, thanks.