Survive under fire shuriken
Author: Tariq Abdulla
Date: 03 Apr 2017, tested on HTC One S
Decent animation, unusual graphics, dynamic game play, simple controls
No significant shortcomings
Ninjevade for Android is a simple game where you need to rounds of ninjas throwing stars at you from the left and right. When one star is thrown you need to deflect it with your cane, to send it back and hit the ninja who threw it at you. When two stars are thrown, you need to jump so that the stars pass under you, and they kill each other. It's cleverly made, because if you keep jumping, the ninjas just stay still and don't throw their stars. But they will throw them if you jump at just the wrong time.
You have to be fast. But not too fast. This makes it a challenging game in terms of timing, but getting a good run is highly satisfying.
The simple graphics, with setting sun, slowly blowing grass, and rolling clouds, do a surprisingly effective job of drawing out a Japanese rice field feeling.
The controls are simple. The bottom left-right corners are for deflecting, and everywhere else on the screen. This looks and plays a bit like one of those old Nintendo Game and Watch games. If that's your kind of thing, you'll probably love this. It could do with just a little something extra to spice up the gameplay. Ducking as well as jumping for example. But it's a nice little game; highly playable and original.
Kill time and your sanity in this grueling game
Author: Ollie Green
Date: 09 Jul 2017, tested on Samsung GT-I9500 Galaxy S4
No in-app purchases or monetization, lots of achievements, neat 2d graphics
Very frustrating, gets boring quickly
Ninjevade for Android has a very simple concept, but despite it seeming so easy to play, it is far from it, and it's odd mechanics will leave you pulling at your hair in distress. If you think you've got a good temper, this is the game to test it on.
Besides from the great name of this game, there isn't really that much here that deserves a huge commendation in terms of originality. Whilst the graphics are fairly appealing, which are based within a 2D world that makes good use of silhouettes, there is very little else to give a thumbs up to.
The aim of this game is to either evade or deflect incoming shurikens as ninjas throw them towards the character you are controlling. You can tap on either side of the screen to deflect projectiles from the corresponding direction, or tap the center of the screen to jump. Whilst the actual controls are easy to understand, dealing with the ninjas does not follow this same path. In fact, ninjas can pop out of each side of the screen at random, and at times they will appear at both sides. You will need to quickly react to the ninjas as they appear on the screen and use the controls accordingly.
When you take into consideration the fact that the ninjas will throw their shurikans at random times or speeds, and that the deflect animations are a different speed to the jumping animations, things get confusing. In fact, you are constantly lost for words when playing this game because you never quite know when to react.
On the bright side, Ninjevade is free to play, and there are absolutely no in-app purchases, so you're given the complete experience as soon as you press the install button.