Dishwasher: Dead Samurai Dropping on Live


A year and a half after it was first released on XNA, The Dishwasher is finally coming out. On April 1st (yeah, I know how that looks but I swear it’s true), the cult darling is being released. For 800 Xbox Live points, you too can kill zombies, robots, cyborgs and others in this 2-D fast paced action game. According to the press release from Xbox Live Arcade:

The Dishwasher: Dead Samurai is a 2-D stylistic action platformer for Xbox LIVEĀ® Arcade showcasing fast action, deep gameplay, and a unique visual style. An undead samurai dishwasher in a dystopian universe is on a quest for revenge against the evil cyborg army. To dispatch hordes of zombies, cyborgs, and robots, the Dishwasher has at his fingertips a devastating array of attacks using ancient blades, disturbing machinery, and screen-obliterating Dish Magic. Compete with the rest of the world in a variety of speed run and high score challenges to become the most formidable Dishwasher yet!

  • Fresh take on gameplay: Gameplay in The Dishwasher is a fresh take on popular stylistic action combat, taking combo- and timing-intensive combat into a 2-D, blood-soaked environment emphasizing speed, vertical movement, and maneuverability, and player-driven pacing to create a truly unique, fluid and visceral experience, with an appealingly psychotic art style.
  • New game modes with guitar peripheral: The Dishwasher has arcade co-op, drop-in solo campaign co-op, and drop-in solo phantom guitar co-op using the guitar peripheral. Phantom guitar players can unload electric death by playing wicked solos, perform basic movement, and use the guitar’s motion control to rip through enemies with a razor-sharp headstock.
  • The power of XNA: The Dishwasher is a testament to the power of XNA. The game was created by one guy with no professional game development experience (and a self-described lousy programmer) in about a year and a half.

There is also a spiffy video in case you want to see what all the buzz is about.

After catching a huge following on XNA, The Dishwasher was awarded top prize in Microsoft’s 2007 Dream-Build-Play competition. Since then, it’s been given updated graphics and apparently the ability to kill hordes of enemies via guitar. Sweet! However, it seems that core of the game has been left intact with no dumbing down the bloody, bloody violence. This year there is one more reason to love April Fool’s Day.

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