Ninjatown Review
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System: DS Review Rating Legend
Dev: Venom Entertainment 1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid 4.0 - 4.4 = Great
Pub: Southpeak Interactive 2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
Release: Oct. 28, 2008 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 5.0 = The Best
Players: 1-4 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair
ESRB Rating: Everyone 3.5 - 3.9 = Good

While Ol' Master Ninja never gets in on the action himself - he floats above the battlefield observing and strategizing from a hot air balloon - he can occasionally unleash extremely helpful powers to bolster his ninjalings and temporarily impede enemy progress. Every foe your troops defeat adds a little energy to a "happiness" meter that can be triggered to blow enemies around the screen, give your ninjas a speed boost, stop time, or trigger other helpful abilities.

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Ninjatown's control interface makes excellent use of the dual screens. The upper left half of the top screen displays a constant map that tracks all of the action via helpful indicators. This screen also lets you know what the next oncoming wave of enemies will be and how close they are to launching. Then there's Ol' Master Ninja who sits in his little air balloon. The touch screen shows a zoomed in view of the battlefield and is where you'll input all of the commands with simple flicks of the stylus. This works well in combination with the D-pad which is used to scroll around the map screen.

Don't let the colorful and simple presentation throw you off. Ninjatown may look like a kiddy game, but it offers plenty of intricate elements and challenge for serious gamers. Visually, the bright colors and artwork are pleasing on the eye, and the animations of all the little ninja characters are a lot of fun to watch. They stand around looking cute and practicing their moves; then they freak out and go all kung-fu when baddies stroll by.

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With all the major games vying for your dollars and attention in the lead-up to the holiday season, Ninjatown is going to be a very strong contender. Beneath the cute trappings is a rock-solid game that's witty and addictive. It turns out ninjas can be a lot of fun even when they're not chopping people to bits.

By Nathan Meunier
CCC Staff Contributor

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
3.9
Graphics
The simple, bright, colorful, and cute visual style is excellent. There's not a lot of "wow" factor, but it's a crisp and appealing presentation.
4.4
Control
The dual screen use and stylus controls allow for quick decisions and action on the fly. They're well organized and well implemented.
3.4
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
A unique audio style is good, but not amazing.
4.3

Play Value
There's a ton of levels, lots of cool ninjas, and a strong multiplayer mode. This game is highly addictive.

4.2
Overall Rating - Great
Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.

Game Features:

  • Over 35 maps across nine districts to discover.
  • Non-stop gameplay that combines build and defend modes to keep the action flowing.
  • Each ninja has specific powers and weapons that make them well suited to fight of certain enemies.


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