NinjaBoy review (iOS / Universal)August 7, 2012
♫ “You’re simply the best, better than all the rest”
10 word description: Puzzle platformer. Avoid traps, collect stars, solve puzzles. 80 levels.
10 word review: Destroys the majority of iPhone games. Addictive, imaginative ninja fun.
You will like this if you enjoy: Challenging, imaginative platform games. Being surprised to find that it is actually possible to have tilt control in a platform game and that it works really well!
The good news: Possibly the best implementation of tilt control in a platform game that I have ever seen. I don’t like tilt control in platform games, but this works so well it’s hard to imagine playing it any other way. Very imaginative and challenging puzzle elements and level design. A lot of useful upgrades in the upgrade shop and no IAPs at all! A whole lot of fun – seriously, LOTS of fun. Nice graphics and sounds – almost forgot to mention that! It loads very quickly. And … there are 3 separate save slots.
The bad news: A few minor issues, but nothing to put anyone off getting this game: Tilting on iPad is, as always, not quite as much fun as on the smaller devices due to the size of the iPad. No Game Center – I hardly ever care, but this game would work really well with GC achievements and leaderboards. There are a couple of “please rate” and “share” message pop-ups but, once you respond to them (even if you don’t actually rate or share), they go away and don’t come back.
Arcadelife verdict: I missed a couple of days posting reviews on here, mostly because I’ve been playing this game so much. I’ve now beaten the final boss so I think I’m in a fairly good position to be able to offer a full and honest review of NinjaBoy! It’s bloody brilliant! I went in thinking stuff like, “Oh great, a platform game with tilt controls – I bet I hate it” and “Another Doodle Jump clone … yawn”. It’s so nice to be so utterly, appallingly wrong about a game.
From the gentle tutorial, through the platform environment of the upgrade shop, to the very last set of levels, NinjaBoy is a constant source of fun, challenge and memorable moments. Saving up for a new outfit (with some great perks) adds to the entertainment. Once you have your new gear, some of the earlier levels can completely change for you as your new perks disable specific traps or give you new abilities. The best gear in the shop requires stars and Grand Master achievements that are earned by beating levels in the best way, but the best gear is not needed to reach the end of the game.
NinjaBoy should be in Apple’s New & Noteworthy and it should be being bought and played by everyone who likes a bit of challenge and a lot of fun in their iPhone games. If, like me, you think you won’t get on with tilt control in a platform game, just buy NinjaBoy and be very pleasantly surprised.
Overall – contender for platform game of the year for me. I don’t need to say any more, do I?
Visuals – 9.5/10
Audio – 9.5/10
Controls – 9.5/10
Content – 9/10
Fun – 10/10
Final rating – 95/100
Version reviewed by Arcadelife is 1.01
2 Ton Studios website link
Arcadelife played and reviewed this game on:
4th gen iPod Touch (iOS 5.1.1)
iPad (iOS 5.1.1)