Bonsai Warriors takes chop, chop, chopping to the next level!

Chop Chop Ninja is moving outside the old familiar dojo this summer with Bonsai Warriors, a new social and action strategy game from Gamerizon that has players tactically placing waves of angry ninjas to take down any and all enemy forces that stand in their way. Although a large departure from the previous touch-and-swipe platforming gameplay of past Gamerizon games, after spending some time commanding my fearless ninja troops, I can easily say that Chop Chop Ninja fans are in for an unexpected (but seriously awesome and fun) surprise.

I can’t say I’m all that shocked about the more social direction that Gamerizon has decided to take with this latest installment in the Chop Chop Ninja universe: especially considering the more open-world feel of last year’s Chop Chop Ninja World. Bonsai Warriors features everything you’d expect from a social game experience in 2013, from building your own village, to stocking up on resources, to training your troops for battle and speeding up the process with soft and hard in-game currency.

Bonsai Warriors

But by far, the coolest thing about Bonsai Warriors is in the action-oriented segments of gameplay, where you’ll strategically unleash hoards of your trained ninja warriors onto enemy encampments with frantic clicks of your mouse (or taps of your finger). It sort of feels like a tower offensive experience, akin to games like Kingsbridge where you send in expendable miniature troops to do all of your dirty work for you, but with a heavy emphasis on hands-on interaction during these battles. While you yourself won’t be doing all of the hacking and slashing in the game, it still always feels like you’re an active participant, with the fast-paced nature of nearly every element in these action segments.

That’s why it came as such a pleasant surprise to see that Gamerizon had even ingeniously incorporated light elements of stealth into these hectic battles. For instance, in the very first tutorial mission that starts up as soon as you enter the game, two powerful armed guards are patrolling back and forth in front of the fort that I needed to raid. I had to wait until one of the guards started walking in the opposite direction, before sending in a lone warrior to execute a quick and efficient stealth kill. Once the guards were eliminated, I was free to send in the rest of my 50+ ninja army to tear down the exposed structures within the fort walls. Each click of the mouse corresponds to a single Bonsai warrior, but it feels so great in rapidly clicking or tapping as fast as you can while your little ninja army quickly fills up the screen.

Bonsai Warriors

So here’s the deal: even though we still have a ways to go before the official release of Bonsai Warriors on iOS and Android by the end of the summer, ninja warriors in training can take a crack at an early beta version of the game right over here on Facebook. And if you do happen to check it out, be sure to let the developers know what you think of the beta on the official game page: after all, we want to make sure this becomes a collaborative experience that every ninja in the world can enjoy!