Review by Wewillrocku
A notable touch screen game.
This game starts in ancient Japan with an "inkmaster" Tengan and his mentor who are banished by an evil conspiracy. They fight to set the world to rights.
The backgrounds in this game are lovely. They are ink portraits (although some of the screen is plain sky), the kind you would find in a traditional Japanese work of art.
You play as a red oni (demon) in a sidescrolling format with the touch screen. To attack use the buttons, but sometimes you'll find it's better to use the touch screen. To do a flame attack (your usual attack) press L then draw on screen where the enemies are. They will vanish in flame.
You can also summon giant beasts and which one you summon depends on the direction you move your fingers on the touch screen. You'll have to pull up the summoning screen to summon them. If you draw on the screen without pressing L, then you can use the ink you drew to jump on as if it were a solid object. It disappears over time, however.
Even though this is a touch screen game, be prepared to use the buttons to perform slashing attacks, because enemies run at you from the right side of the screen and you may need to react quickly. You can dash and you can attack while jumping.
Usually there's a shogun castle you have to defeat at the end of a stage. Your summoned monsters are handy at these times.
There are branching paths in this game. Where you end up depends on how many stars you get each stage, with three stars being the maximum. You are expected to get three stars as often as possible to create a challenging game.
You have four possible control layouts, but unfortunately, you can't remap controls to your liking. I don't know why games do this. I really want to be able to remap them myself. You can skip cutscenes. You can restart a stage if you went wrong somehow.
If you like this Vita game, you will probably like Draw Slasher, a game that stars a ninja who fights zombie monkeys to rescue his sibling. You have even more touch screen action than you did in Sumioni in this game, where combos matter and special skills see you to the next stage. You might also like Fruit Ninja, where you slash at fruits that fly up on screen in one of three modes (but two of the modes are timed and very short). If you can avoid bombs and get special fruits, you will eventually get your goal, which is a high score.
Rating: 4.5 - Outstanding
Product Release: Sumioni: Demon Arts (US, 03/20/12)
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