NinjaGo Endless Runner is a fast paced ninja adventure as you jump, slash and somersault through various terrains. It tests your ninja jumping skills as you soar from branch to branch through the trees of Kuroi Jukai and your battle skills as you use Shuriken (throwing stars) or your Katana (Samurai sword) to fight the giant killer hornets of Yamanakako.

Although the continuous motion and leaderboards based on distance achieved, put this firmly in the endless runner category, there are several unique elements to the game. Firstly, the controls are “gamer thumbs” layout rather than “swipe” motion which make this infinitely more playable in landscape mode on phones. The jump button has 3 states – press to jump, press and hold to leap and press while in the air to somersault.

It’s one of those games that you will find yourself coming back to again and again, despite the fact that you’ve higher budget apps downloaded ­ proving that independent games studios can compete with the dominant players by designing engaging games.

There is clearly a lot of attention paid to the small stuff throughout, with even the marketplace and level select screens beautifully rendered. The soundtrack is composed and recorded by Keita Takahashi making the whole experience refreshingly original for a segment that has produced so many forgettable clones.

Some of the advanced levels and special powers are tagged as coming soon, but there’s more than enough for hours of engaging play meantime. This is an early offering from a small indie studio so it hints at exciting things to come from 9th Impact.

Updated: 23/01/2015

In late 2014 we announced right here that Galway games studio 9th Impact had released NinjaGo Endless Runner on Google Play. In the 2 months following launch, the app has been downloaded more than 15,000 times from Google Play with over half a million games played in that period.

Today, the Galway team have good news for Apple users. The game is now available in the App Store with versions for both iphone and ipad resolutions.

The game is free to play and features a Ninja running through different terrain (levels) jumping, somersaulting and using weapons. It features “gamer thumbs” controls which is a departure from the more usual “swipe actions” of other games in the Endless Runner category.

“We’ve had incredibly positive feedback so far, with the majority of people rating the game 5 stars.” reported Finn Krewer, Head of Development at the 9th Impact studio. “As with any game, we’ve small things to improve and we’re busy developing new levels and enhancements which we’ll roll out to gamers soon.”

NinjaGo can be downloaded free from:

App Store

Google Play

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