Review Shinobi Sun Trial:NinjaFighter
A great Shinobi throwback from the NES era
Author: Brandon Girod
Date: 18 Jun 2017, tested on HTC One M8
Tight controls, challenging gameplay mechanics and boss fights, it has ninjas!, features a crafting system that unlocks new abilities
The free version is just a trial; no ad support for free-to-play, the soundtrack is really generic
Let’s face it, there really aren’t enough ninja games in the world right now. The market is oversaturated with robots and zombies but there is very little ninja love to be found. Well, no more! Shinobi Sun Trial: NinjaFighter for Android is an endless runner that really pays its tribute to the old Ninja Gaiden games on the NES.
Even though this is a side scrolling endless runner, the game looks and feels remarkably close to the original Nintendo Entertainment System. The key differences are the fact that your ninja is always running and he’s always throwing shurikens. This leaves you to only worry about the obstacles that are coming straight at your face.
There are levels here, so it’s not really an endless runner in the sense that it’s endless, and there are even boss fights to tackle, which remind me almost of a bit like Mega Man in that you’re really going to need to master your jumping skills to survive. Level design is typical of what you might expect, though. There is some light platforming elements and enemies that you’ll have to deal with. You do have a health bar, though, and you’ll find pieces of sushi as you play that act like potions.
The overall aesthetic is also very reminiscent of the NES and SNES platform, so the game definitely retains that retro feel throughout every aspect.
Shinobi Sun Trial: NinjaFighter is probably one of the best endless runner inspired games that I’ve played in a while. It doesn’t have any freemium aspects because the trial version only allows you to play up to the first boss and then you’ll have to purchase the rest of the game, so heads up. The difficulty had smooth scaling and boss fights were challenging but not overly so. All in all, this is a great game to pick up if you’re itching for a game with ninjas.