The Legend of Kusakari may depart from an extremely unlikely premise but it's just simple and fun enough to provide a worthy experience for several hours. While taking it beyond its purpose will make the game feel repetitive, its overall sense of humour, good control system and hectic pace will not make anyone regret its purchase.
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You may have noticed the intentional similarities to a certain, popular Nintendo franchise in the game's logo and appearance, which is likely to divide opinion among many. Whether this is a positive or a negative thing is unimportant, in the end, because The Legend of Kusakari can stand proudly in its own right as a highly enjoyable, nicely polished puzzle adventure. Besides, who doesn't find enjoyment in hacking down every last bit of grass in Hyrule anyway?Addictive gameplay, along with great humour and charming character make The Legend of Kusakari a very pleasant experience, and when the only downside is a want for more story and more chapters to play through, you know you're onto a winner.
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For the $4.99 price tag, The Legend of Kusakari is worth the buy in terms of overall content and fun gameplay. It’s very cute, charming, and a good 5 minute pick-me-up game. Although the style of the game is similar to The Legend of Zelda from the logo to the button scheme, it’s a unique title that has plenty of content for it’s price. If you like strategy and gameplay focused titles, The Legend of Kusakari is worth it. It also does not take too much space on your SD card (roughly 300-400 blocks), so get your shears ready for a fun, Zelda inspired experience.
Despite some repetitiveness, The Legend of Kusakari's charming style, unexpected gameplay depth heavy influence from the Zelda series combine to deliver quick, punchy fun.
The Legend of Kusakari is flawed from the outset. While the idea of a grass-cutting simulator makes for a funny one-liner, it's near impossible to create an engaging experience from such a simplistic concept, and it quickly falls into the trap of mundanity. It may ooze charm, and the love poured into it is apparent, but it's much more difficult to enjoy in practice than in theory.
It doesn’t take itself seriously and that’s a major part of the fun. It isn’t a blow away awesome experience, but it’s a nice, simple game that doesn’t take that long to beat. With good replay value, a pretty neat endless mode and a charming aesthetic, Kusakari is an easy recommendation for those looking for something to just pick up and play.
There’s a clever mix of addictiveness with basic gameplay to keep players going without getting them too irritated about the more difficult levels. Ultimately the experience of playing this mirror's Shiba Kari himself - the game will never be as notable as the heroes that exist in its world, but humble as it is, there is a real sense of satisfaction in clearing that field of long grass.
I liked the cute and vibrant graphics and I think the game could be expanded even further by maybe include additional modes in a sequel. There is, however, one extra mode which is Endless mode where you can cut grass to your heart’s content and aim for the highest score possible