NinJump [by Backflip Studios Inc.] speaks highly of itself in the description on the Android Market, as do other android game reviewing websites (that must never be named) and so will we. As you go through the process of finding it on the market, then downloading and installing it, and finally playing it, your inner awesome-o-meter (no South Park joke intended) gets filled until it is finally full and you utter in a cool guy voice the word “Awesome”. Unless you are a person who doesn’t like ninjas with red headbands who run up walls, avoiding various obstacles, jumping from one wall to another slashing stuff with your sword, then you shouldn’t download it, since you are obviously a girl and have no business going through awesome games on your boyfriend’s smartphone.
The fearless ninja is trying to get to the top of the building by running up two endless walls while avoiding balconies of some sort, as well as other ninjas who are trying to get to the bottom of the building. This sort of makes you feel like that asshole who is trying to run up the down escalator. There are also squirrels, birds and shuriken/dynamite throwing ninjas in your way. Your job is to use this to your advantage by tapping on the screen with one of your favorite fingers to hit 3 of those things in a row, which will get you a boost up the wall. If you are starting to feel like everything in this game is against you, remember that there are protective shields all over these walls, which will take a hit of anything you throw at it (again, no pun intended).
I was pleasantly surprised by the graphics; the game is beautifully drawn down to the last detail and while keeping with the Japanese theme of the game, has its own style. The animation is very smooth even on my Motorola Droid and looks fantastic, especially when you get the boost from killing 3 blue birds. Then you look like a ninja-angel messiah who wants to punish the blue headband wearing ninjas.
The sounds deserve a whole new paragraph in this review. I mean, they are just amazingly spot on. My favorites are; the hawk like cry when you kill a bird, the chattering/fuffing sound when you turn into a squirrel after killing 3 of them and of course the way you scream when you fall down is just brilliant. All sounds are clear and don’t interfere with the music; which is also pretty good, especially in the beginning when you hear that classic sound you know and love, but have no idea what it is. Great job, sound guys from Backflip Studios, A+!!!
NinJump is a must have and lucky for us it’s free! It is a great looking, addictive game with smooth gameplay, rich sounds and a pleasant atmosphere. That is the “genius” part of it and the fact that you only need one finger to play it is the “simple” part, which go hand-in-hand. There is also an online leaderboard, courtesy of Papaya. You can also post your highscore on Facebook, Twitter or even email a friend if you are feeling really proud.
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