App Review: Dishonored: Rat Assassin

Dishonored: Rat Assassin

While gamers endure the pure, unadulterated torture of waiting for “Dishonored” to be released next week, the game publishers have generously gifted the eager masses with a teaser game so they can get their assassination fix in the meantime.

Available as a smartphone app is “Dishonored: Rat Assassin.” In “Rat Assassin,” players obliterate untold numbers of rats with a range of collected knives and magical enhancements, similar to “Dishonored” itself. You can slow time, utilize a massive rat-slicing machine and even go into bloodthirsty mode (similar to “god mode”) to kill the rats. The more you kill, and the fancier your kill combos, the more points you get. Points, kills and stars add up and gain you rewards, like better knives, new backgrounds, music and new stages.

Speaking of stages, there are different ways to play the game.

In “assassination mode,” you just kill rats. There’s nothing special to it, other than the round ends when you either run out of stamina or health. You lose health by accidentally slicing up bombs. Don’t do it. Two hits without slicing a vial to regain health, and you’re done.

Challenges are another way to go. In “challenges mode,” you are given an assassination task, such as obtaining a certain amount of points (through kills and combos), protecting a bomb and other tasks within an allotted time limit. The rats are usually falling or running amongst bombs, and appear in different formations for each challenge, so precision is key. Once you reach your goal, you have to keep going until time runs out, and you are still vulnerable to bombs. In challenge mode, one hit with a bomb kills you and fails the mission. The higher the score over your required quota, the more stars you earn. Stars add up to earn new difficulty levels and new in-game gear.

A timed mode is another play option. You have a minute and 30 seconds to rack up as many points and rat kills as you can. Spring traps are your best friend here. If you collect one or two of them (by slicing them when they appear on screen) and save them until you have large amounts of rats on screen, you can get huge combo credit.

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The game app is also free. You heard that right: free. If you can’t wait for the main game to come out next week, or you just want to get your aggressions out in a socially acceptable manner, “Dishonored: Rat Assassin” is a fantastic steal.

App: “Dishonored: Rat Assassin

Maker: Bethesda Softworks LLC

Release Date: August 30, 2012

Rating: 5