"Abbiba dawa gawa!" Thus speaketh the hero of Little Samurai as he proceeds from one location to the next. Is he proclaiming his plans for world domination? Does he want fries with that? Or, just perhaps, he is thanking you for your help in defeating the evil Emperor Kuroi in this amazingly cute little point-and-click adventure by Robin "Pencilkids" Vencel.
Find clickable areas in each scene with the changing cursor and if you click them in the right order you will have cleared the way for the littlest samurai to move forward. After clicking around in the scene click on the little dickens and he will either thank you with his unique language and waddle to the next screen or pout and refuse to move if you've not managed to arrange things just so. Picky little guy, isn't he? At any rate, he needs the help to travel to the stronghold of the evil Emperor who has kidnapped the mighty red dragon and plans to use the dragon against all the land, so picky or not the little samurai needs all the help he can get.
Little Samurai features some of the best graphics ever from Robin Vencel. It is a combination of the standard Pencilkids cartooniness crossed with some soft-focus Japanese-style scenery that is alternately amusing and breathtaking. A haunting oriental tune and amusing (for the most part) sound effects round out the experience, although the little samurai's gibberish can get a little wearing after a while. In fact, he sounds rather like a long-lost cousin to Abuba the Alien although much less understandable. Fortunately that's what the mute button is for.
What we're looking at here is a pretty short but completely kawaii little point-and-click adventure that shouldn't take more than five or ten minutes out of your busy day. The gameplay, while smooth, is on the easy side and the challenge is more about using the least amount of clicks in each scene than in any type of heavy duty puzzle solving. The itty-bitty hero himself is alternately excruciatingly cute and pretty darn fierce when combat arises. For anyone who enjoys Pencilkids games or point-and-click adventures Little Samurai is well worth the time, especially for the kicking animations at the end as our intrepid hero and the evil Emperor get their kung-fu on in a fight that spans several scenes. So travel back to an ancient Japan that exists only in fantasies and daydreams and help wipe out evil from the land. And maybe bring some fries, just in case.