Darkstar’s Dishwasher: Dead Samurai Review
Dishwasher: Dead Samurai is Ska Studios XBLA title. If you’re unfamiliar with Dishwasher, you may have heard of their other titles ZP2K9, ZP2KX, I MAED A GAM3 W1TH Z0MB1ES 1NIT!!!1, and Zombie Smashers X4 Guitarpocalypse! for the Xbox Live Indie Games marketplace. Dishwasher: Dead Samurai is an action hack and slash about a dishwasher who dies and still walks while all manner of enemies from zombies to robots to cyborgs to secret agents come to put the dishwasher to rest permanently.
Dishwasher has a story, arcade and Dish Challenge mode as well as local co-op arcade mode and Xbox Live Arcade mode. In story mode you get 14 stages, plus the credits while arcade mode has 50 stages. Challenge mode only has the one stage but its just more of a horde mode sort of thing.
In story mode you must complete a stage before you can play the next one, although once a stage is beaten you can play any stage you have unlocked. So you can easily pick up where you last left off in the game. You can purchase upgrades to your weapons as well as health items and continues within the stages when you find the little robot selling them. The story between chapters is nicely told by a scrolling comic strip. In story mode you have 5 difficulty settings; Easy, Normal, Ninja, Samurai and Tourney. You must beat the story in Normal or Ninja to unlock Samurai and Tourney.
In arcade mode you fight in an arena style stage attempting to kill a predetermined amount of enemies. Once that is completed you will move on to the next stage. This mode supports single or two player action and is a lot of fun. You pick the two weapons you will carry for the stage and try to get the best score for the leaderboard. With 50 stages you have plenty of time you will get out of this mode.
Finally in Dish Challenge mode you start on one sizable stage and your objective is to kill as many enemies as you can before they kill you. It’s all about the score in this mode. So pick your two weapons wisely.
Dishwasher‘s gameplay is pretty simple you have your standard jump button as well as your 3 attack buttons. You have right trigger to switch to your other weapon as well as left trigger or flicking the right stick to activate the special ability tied to your current weapon. These abilities could be teleporting or rolling amongst others. With some weapons you can stick to walls.
Artistically the style sort of reminds me of the comic Johnny the Homicidal Maniac and to me that felt just right for this game. The music blends with the game enough that while your playing you really don’t notice it much.
My only grief with the game was that I couldn’t get an online match going to see how that was all handled, but I was able to get a local co-op match going and that was fun. Achievement junkies beware the developers had a sense of humor and very few achievements for the game are divisible by 5 so expect to up getting a 21pt Achievement. This doesn’t bother me but someone more obsessed with their gamerscore might not like this.
Overall this game has a lot of to offer time wise and has a nice artistic style while maintaining the level of fun you expect and want from a game.
I give this a 5 out of 5 I’m ashamed it took me as long as it did to buy this game.
If you agree with me, be ready for the release of Dishwasher: Vampire Smile on April 6, 2011.
Final Score: 5/5