Ninja UP! Review
Can this iPhone and Android endless runner go the distance?
Gameloft’s latest effort is an endless jumper where the aim is to get your plucky ninja hero as high as you possibly can, avoiding cranes and enemies that want to bring you back to Earth with a bump. The game’s control mechanic is simple and effective: you draw ropes on-screen that your character can bounce off, with the angle and length of the rope affecting direction and speed accordingly.
The chunky, pixellated graphics look nice in a Tiny Tower kind of style and it’s a fun way to spend five minutes. The game lacks any real substance though — there’s nothing in the way of power-ups or progressive levels and it gets repetitive very quickly. Avoiding other ninjas and obstacles on your climb is often as much about luck as it is about nimble-fingered rope drawing, which is understandably frustrating.
On the plus side, there are no in-app purchases in Ninja UP!, but you will have to tap through a regular series of adverts and invitations to connect to Facebook, which provide further reasons not to keep coming back to the game. An entertaining diversion in small doses then, but not a game that’s going to win any awards. There are better alternatives out there — like Knightmare Tower — even if they do cost you money.
A fun way to spend a few minutes but it fails to offer lasting appeal.
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