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App description: 148Apps 4.5/5
"Ninja Smasher ! is the best translation of a classic exploration game to iOS that I ve ever played."
"Ninja Smasher ! is fantastically fun to play and easy to recommend to anyone seeking a great translation of classic gaming experiences to a mobile platform ."

Touch Arcade 4/5
"you get a fairly meaty adventure that plays well and rides a nice difficulty curve ."
"it's a really enjoyable game in its own right, making for another solid entry in what is starting to become a decent library in this genre on the App Store. Fans of vintage Japanese action games or Metroidvania-style adventures should definitely give this one a look."

Pocket Gamer 8/10
"There's plenty of exploration to appease adventure game fans , the method of getting from A to B is very satisfying , and it 's also a lot of fun ."
"Ninja Smasher! is actually quite the slick little adventure game "

RPG#1 on Japanese Store!

### 8Bit Style Platform Ninja Action Game! ###
The princess was kidnapped by monsters!
Ninja explore field and dungeons, collect items, and get back the princess!

*Exciting Ninja Actions!
*Original touch controls for Ninja Actions!
*Retro style pixel art and chiptune music!
*Game Center support!
*Japanese Ninja world!
08-26-2014, 06:56 AM
#2
Joined: Jul 2012
Posts: 7,513
A metroidvania, sweet. This looks preeetty good. Someone, TOFTT please

08-26-2014, 06:59 AM
#3
Joined: Oct 2013
Location: Norwich, England
Posts: 4,596
Quote:
Originally Posted by JCho133 View Post
A metroidvania, sweet. This looks preeetty good. Someone, TOFTT please
Will do once it's out in the UK, I love Rogue Ninja so this is an easy purchase for me.

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08-26-2014, 07:04 AM
#4
Joined: Jul 2012
Posts: 7,513
Quote:
Originally Posted by PeteOzzy View Post
Will do once it's out in the UK, I love Rogue Ninja so this is an easy purchase for me.
Awesome, thanks Pete
08-26-2014, 08:25 AM
#5
Joined: May 2012
Location: USA
Posts: 2,086
Official trailer


Last edited by Echoen; 08-26-2014 at 01:12 PM.
08-26-2014, 10:07 AM
#6
Joined: May 2012
Location: USA
Posts: 2,086
Impressions 10 minutes into the game:

This is indeed a metroidvania with skill moves and upgrades to find, rooms to explore, items to purchase, bosses to fight, and platforming to conquer.

It controls just like their first game, Ninja Striker. Tapping makes your little ninja 'jump' in that direction while spinning around with his sword sticking out which can hit anything close by. The real method of attack is to tap directly on a target which will make you home in and automatically slash it repeatedly until it dies. There's a lock on range and a jump limit but these can be improved. 5 minutes in, you'll find sandals that grant you the ability to double jump.

There's a new mechanic introduced early on where you swipe down while in the aur to do a Sephiroth-like downward stab to open switches or attack things (weak so I don't recommend that). Can't wait to see what other moves we can unlock.

Saving is done by finding a floating purple orb, usually in a small room. Shattering it restores your health and saves the game. That nostalgia. Oh, and there are up to 12 save slots. You start with one and can purchase more with IAP.



Around 10 minutes in, you'll find the first shop in the game to spend all the gold you've been picking up from mobs. The raccoon sells potions, throwing shurikens, a heart tank (heart+1) and a ninja scroll (SP+1). That must mean there are crazy ninjutsu skills. Edit: first one is a fireball attack that can damage enemies or light up candlesto open gates.

It's looking pretty great so far. Controls are unique but can mean trouble for others. Provided you're okay with tap to move, I can recommend this easily, especially if you loved Ninja Striker.

I'd have a video up but I'm still on the road. Sorry about that.

Last edited by Echoen; 08-26-2014 at 12:42 PM.
08-26-2014, 10:29 AM
#7
Joined: Oct 2012
Location: AL
Posts: 4,360
If this were iOS6 and up it would be an instant purchase. I love Rogue Ninja and NinjaStriker... both of which are still on my 4S. But I gotta stick with 6 for now because of some older games I want to still be able to play without running out of memory. Oh well. This will be something to check out when I get my next iphone.

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08-26-2014, 10:30 AM
#8
Joined: Jul 2012
Posts: 7,513
Awesome. Thanks for the imps Eck, you've got me excited. Controls might be a bit annoying, to me though, as I prefer traditional controls when it comes to metroidvanias.

Pete, as a fan of the dev, do you know if they're forum members? Would be nice to ask about the controls if I end up not liking them. I might be getting a bit ahead of myself.

Last edited by JCho133; 08-26-2014 at 10:40 AM.
08-26-2014, 10:50 AM
#9
Joined: Oct 2013
Location: Norwich, England
Posts: 4,596
Quote:
Originally Posted by JCho133 View Post
Awesome. Thanks for the imps Eck, you've got me excited. Controls might be a bit annoying, to me though, as I prefer traditional controls when it comes to metroidvanias.

Pete, as a fan of the dev, do you know if they're forum members? Would be nice to ask about the controls if I end up not liking them. I might be getting a bit ahead of myself.
I'm pretty sure I've never seem them here, the descriptions for the games suggest they don't do a huge amount of PR outside of Japan. Just a guess though, their other games launched before I found TA so I could have missed them.

Cheers for the impressions Echoen, always good to know something you'll buy anyway will be worth the anticipation!

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08-26-2014, 11:36 AM
#10
Joined: Oct 2012
Location: AL
Posts: 4,360
I originally feared the Ninja Striker control system of touching where you want to move, but it works exceptionally well once you lock on enemies and look ahead for where you want to move next. It works so well that I would buy this game with no second thought if I had a device with iOS7 on it. It seems like the finger could get in the way but once you get going with it and get comfortable it becomes obvious that it's such a natural control scheme that makes it possible to play on levels high above what traditional control options allow. Speed running in Ninja Striker for high scores was a major joy because of this control scheme.

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