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Crescent Moon has been one of the more reliable developers on the Play Store as of late, and their newest game is definitely worth a look from anyone who enjoys a good old-fashioned beat-em-up. Nakama evokes the spirit of 2D side-scrolling fighters like Streets Of Rage or Double Dragon. At least, it's like Double Dragon might have been if you played it at 200 frames per second.

You play as an inexplicably blocky ninja on a quest to save his friends. For reasons that are not overly apparent, this involves killing lots and lots of bad guys, who may or may not also be ninjas. There are only four control buttons: left, right, A, and B; this Spartan interface would feel right at home in an OrangePixel game. You run, stab, and slash your way through the bad guys at a speed that would make Dante or Kratos jealous. There's not a whole lot of depth in the simple combos, but for the right kind of twitch gamer, it's a whole lot of fun.

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I must admit that touch controls have become much better in the last year or so, and Nakama's are blessedly simple. But if you must have real buttons underneath your fingers, then the developers have built in support for MOGA's various controllers just for you. (NVIDIA SHIELD owners, you can map out the controls with the 4.3 update). Nakama is a free download for Android 2.3 or later.

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • hehe

    "You play as an inexplicably blocky ninja on a quest to save his friends." I just laughed to death.

  • Matthew Fry

    Only a month behind iOS! We're catching up! That being said, I might pick this up to play with a bluetooth controller. I almost feel compelled to buy any quality game that has no IAPs. Just to show that it's viable.

    • Sqube

      Free... without IAPs?

      I have to get it and support it now. I HAVE to.

  • Mario E Hdez

    Not saying is doesn't look fun, but I'm definitely over the whole "Blocky" graphics trend that seems to be continuing through every game. I mean yeah Minecraft is cool and everything but can't we come up with something visually refreshing?

    • w.emerge

      I totally agree with you. Let's not do step bacwards and stop that pixel trend :)

  • Bryan Pizzuti

    All games should at least include HID controller support at this point. No excuse not to.

    • https://plus.google.com/108596272537415356460/posts Jason Farrell

      Definitely. I get tired of setting up sixaxis profiles for my ps3 controller.

  • Primalxconvoy

    Ahh, but will it Ouya?