April 21, 2009
“Button-mashing” is a gaming term that has a long and sordid history. Many people don’t like to hear it used as an adjective to describe a game, thinking that it implies mindlessness, and ease. However, this unfortunate stigma doesn’t always applied to every game that can be described as a “button-masher,” and Ska Studio’s “The Dishwasher: Dead Samurai” is prime example of one game that is, in fact, a button-masher that is worthy of steering clear of that unfortunate association.
There is something instantly familiar about the gameplay in “Dishwasher” – it’s a 2D sidescrolling action game, where you basically need to chop anything and everything that moves into tiny little pieces. It screams of inspiration from “Alien Hominid” and (to a lesser extent) “Earthworm Jim,” but that’s great company to be in, and, in the end “The Dead Samurai” does its inspiration justice, and is a solid addition to the Xbox Live Arcade lineup. [Read more]