Mobile gaming: Preview of “Nakama” (iOS, Android)

Usually I’m not much of a preview player, as some versions are still buggy and don’t necessarily reflect the final product’s quality. But with mobile games, this might be a bit different, and anyway, promoting some indie games is always a nice thing, especially when ninjas are involved. Maybe Crescent Moon Games can provide a fair bit of parallax 2D beat’em’up goodness on smartphones and revive the good old genre without the bloodshed or one-on-one formula.

(USA 2013 (ETA), developer/publisher: Crescent Moon Games, platforms: iOS, Android)


Nakama translates “friends”, and the goal of the game is to rescue them. It’s a simple concept, but it’s effective enough to feel right at home with the retro look: some beautiful pixel artwork, a wonderful soundtrack and a satisfying battle system deliver an experience for those craving for a action-heavy blast to the retro past or those who’d like to train their fingers with a deep combo system.

With 24 zones and 7 boss fights, there’s already a certain amount of content and variety, but with each nakama one finds, additional abilities are unlocked, adding a bit more strategy to the button-mashing. From the trailer and gameplay videos, it certainly looks a bit chaotic, so it remains to be seen if it controls as fluidly as these sort of games require. Still, with the art direction and atmospheric music, it’s a title worth checking out when it’s released on both iOS and Android in September.

For further impressions, check out these nice-looking screenshots, trailers and visit the official website for further infos and updates:













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About nufafitc

Being an avid gamer, cinemaniac, and bookworm in addition to other things the internet and new media present, I'm also very much into DIY music, rock and pop in particular. Writing short or longer pieces about anything that interests me has always made me happy. As both an editor for German website "Adventure-Treff" and UK website "Future Sack", I like to write reviews and news about recent developments in the movies, games and book industry.
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