iPhone Game Reviews

Space Ninja – Bullet dodging in slow motion!

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Released Dec 31, 2008
Developer: Yose Widjaja (jormy.com)
Price: $3.99

Space Ninja [App Store], by developer Yose Widjaja, puts you in control of a spaceship travelling from Earth to Jupiter to transfer a very important package. On the way, you are intercepted by many alien cannons, which shoot bullets at you from every possible direction. In this Space Ninjagame, you lack the ability to shoot.  Instead you are supposed to dodge every bullets that fly at you! Pressing down on the screen enables slow motion, which you lets dodge bullets very accurately!

The game has 40 long levels, featuring really fast-paced gameplay, with bullets flying at you from everywhere! The superb slow motion effect reminds me of the slow motion action scenes in The Matrix! Though the idea of slow motion might make the game sound easy, its very hard. By the time I reached Level 9, it was almost impossible! It was 30 tries before I finished that level. Some powerups provide you temporary relief from incoming attack, like shields to repel bullets, powerups to eliminate nearby bullets and enemies.

The game has outstanding controls! In other space shooters the tilt control is clumsy and the touch controls made your finger hide things from vision (an example is Platypus). But developer Yose Widjaja has incorporated great controls for Space Ninja, which go great for dodging bullets in slow motion.

Space Ninja has good sound, though not great. But its still good. But the sound doesn’t have any bass (And I use Bose on-ear headphones!), and gets boring in a while. But its still enjoyable to enable sound while playing Space Ninja, rather than hearing your own music.It features music from Jake Kaufman (virt) and Samuel Ascher-Weiss (shnabubula).

Yose Widjaja has done a really good job with Space Ninja. I’m surprised the game costs only $4. Get it now, and it will be one of your most satisfying App Store buys. Developer provided video below.

Controls: 9/10
Graphics: 8/10
Sound: 5.5/10
Gameplay: 9/10
Value for money: 9/10

Overall: 8.1/10


Written by Vikram

January 6, 2009 at 3:59 pm

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