Natsume Launches Ninja Strike for iOS.
App Developer, Natsume, announced the launch of its latest game for iOS, Ninja Strike. As the sequel the popular mobile game, Ninja Climb, Ninja Strike allows the player to run, fly, and slash through the levels in order to get stolen treasures back.
Ninja Strike is an endless runner game unlike it’s predecessor, which is more like a puzzle game. Ninja Strike features the stars of Ninja Climb – Blue Shadow, Crimson Flam and Sakura – each has their own unique special powers. Players have the option to choose between three “Ways of the Ninja” as a part of the gameplay. In order to make it through a board the player must slash enemies or jump over them to keep running.
Throughout the game, you also collect coins enemies drop to level up. In order to get gold and Ninja gear collectibles, you must defeat enemies or complete daily missions. Some collectibles are new ninjas.
When I first started up the app, I was greeted by a welcome screen that had Blue Shadow running through the scene. To started, you are walked through a short tutorial where you are shown the different actions a ninja can do. Then, you are let loose to play the game. As you run through a board, you have to avoid obstacles and enemies. You can either jump over them or pounce on their head, which defeats them. It’s a very simple concept for an endless runner game and I must say that I found it challenging.
A couple of things I’d love to see improved upon are the text and the instructions. While the load and achievement screens are well thought out, I feel some of the fonts are harder to read than others because of how thick they are. The color scheme is nice and it’s reminiscent of older 8-bit games, which is kind of fun. The gameplay graphics are wonderful and very detailed.
As far as instructions go, after the initial tutorial there isn’t much information about what different level ups or add-ons are. For example, when you start a level, you are shown two icons that represent different power ups. The first few times I played through a level, I didn’t know that’s what those icons represented. I just thought they were part of the load screen.
Even though the graphics are somewhat simple and there could be more information regarding power ups, I found Ninja Strike enjoyable and would recommend it to any endless runner fans out there.
Ninja Strike is available in the iTunes App Store and is free to download. For more information, visit http://www.natsume.com/welcome/index.html.