Dishonored: Rat Assassin is one of the weirdest games I have played on the iPhone. It borrows its theme from Fruit Ninja, which is a usually nonviolent game. Theming a game involves taking a set of rules and giving a different context. A simple goal of this game is to destroy all rats. The objective of this game is to “Help rid the Dunwall streets of plagued rats, one slice, dice, and crossbow shot at a time.” The rules are pretty much the same: just slice and dice objects, avoid hitting the bombs, and keep on playing until you die. But there are some rules that are created specifically in this game but not commonly found in Fruit Ninja. One of the rules is that your health goes down when the rats fall out of the boundaries of the game unharmed. The rats are supposed to infect you. But you could get the Piero’s Elixir to increase your health in this game if your health happens to go down. You could unlock objects, walls, blades, and different types of blades by needing x number of stars, killing x number of rats, having an x times of dice chain, having x number of shadow kills, and having x number of times of bloodthirsty mode in one game. By the way, this game features three modes: challenges, timed, and assassination modes. Challenges run from easy to hard. This mode asks you to complete tasks within a restricted time limit like slicing and dicing rats as they walk through the spotlight. In Assassination mode, you are not given a time limit but you have bombs flying in your screen as you slice and dice rats and achieve the highest score you can. This mode gives you a set life bar, depleted by missing rats and striking bombs. Eventually, you will get yourself hyped up in bloodthirsty mode and get some adrenaline kills. There’s also a time slow button that allows you to attack rats with superhuman speed. In timed mode, you are not given bombs (bombs exist in the timed mode in Fruit Ninja) but to kill as many rats as you can in a given time limit. This game is for people who like to slice and dice horrifying animals and perhaps zombies, as in Zombie Slasher. It’s surprisingly violent (menu selections are made by slicing a rat in half). It is pretty weird that this game was built to promote a super hardcore title, but it’s very casual.
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