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1-bit Ninja review (iPod/iPhone)

June 26, 2011

“This is the end of everything.
You are the end of everything.
I haven’t slept since I woke up and found my whole life was a lie…!”

10 word description: Run & jump 2D platform challenges. Gameboy style graphics. Unlockables.

Level 1 is hard. It doesn't get any easier

10 word review: Platform gaming in its purest form. Very hard, well designed.

How did I get up here? Well, that's part of the fun

You will like this if you enjoy: Mos Speedrun; League of Evil; Gravity Runner; Very, very hard platform games.

The 3D swipe mode can show you hidden paths that are invisible in the 2D view

The good news: The simplified controls and brutally well designed platform challenges create the perfect hardcore platform experience for touch-screen devices. Despite requiring an intimidating number of retries to collect all the “Big Bits” in each level, this adds to an immense feeling of satisfaction when each level is completed. The Gameboy style graphics are great and the inclusion of a 3D rotation option to spot hidden paths is inspired. Controls are perfect. If you fail a jump, YOU failed a jump, not the controls.

The subtle Gameboy styled graphics are consistently good

The bad news: Casual gamers should stay well away. The amount of stupid comments on the UK app store and a well known touch-screen gaming forum, complaining about “no back button” are testament to the number of people who just can’t handle this level of challenge. If you buy this game after reading the app store description, where it clearly states that there is no back button, please don’t bother complaining that there is no back button. It makes you look a bit silly.

Yeah, I really am that good

Arcadelife verdict: Brilliant. The platform gaming challenge that the iOS devices needed. It even has built in replay recording function for all those perfect runs that you achieve…

If you're reminded of those old isometric games on the ZX Spectrum, like Knight Lore, you're not alone

Arcadelife rating: 95/100

Version reviewed by Arcadelife is 1.01
iTunes link

Kode80 / 1-bit Ninja website link

Arcadelife played and reviewed this game on:
4th gen iPod Touch (OS 4.3.3)
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