Hack-and-slash titles are having a great year, especially with the release of Bayonetta 2. Taking the show on the road via iOS is a great way to keep the action going, and the latest release Ghost Blade is an absolutely excellent melee smorgasbord, with plenty to enjoy and so, so many reasons to keep coming back.
Step into the shoes of Black, a warrior who's out to eliminate all the zombies he can find in a village positively overrun by them. His friend White is around for support, but most of the game finds you clearing out the zombies with powerful melee attacks a la Devil May Cry. Black's repertoire includes magical attacks, ninjutsu, and familiar melee you might see within the likes of games like God of War or similar titles.
It's heavily combat-driven with intuitive controls that require you to swipe the screen for enemy launches and swipe up for jumps. Stringing combos together feels effortless and natural, and while they're of course all touch-based, moving and eliminating enemies via the virtual joypad is nowhere near of a chore as it is with most of the games that operate in a similar manner.
Ghost Blade is short, but incredibly sweet. Unfortunately, it also has a pretty awful script, with terrible localization and spelling errors throughout the entire game. Also, there's no option to switch from portrait mode to landscape mode, which will no doubt turn some players off.
Ghost Blade is an excellent and stylish amalgam of combo-focused action that's accessible, simple to play, and simultaneously challenging. It's a gorgeous choice if you're looking for something a little different and more visceral on a mobile device, and if you can look past its localization issues and portrait mode, it's a must-play no matter what genres you typically gravitate toward.