Described as “perfect for those moments when you have a few minutes to ‘kill’..”, Flinders Ninjas is a fun and frantic little ninja-star-flicking game developed by Australian-based studio Millipede Creative Development.
Set in Melbourne’s iconic 19th Century Flinders St. Station, Flinders Ninjas gives you a sense of the developers humor right from the beginning: “Your train is delayed and ninjas are trying to kill you. You can solve the second problem”.
There are 3 platforms visible at the station, and the ninjas usually start on the furthermost platform before jumping across the tracks to move closer to you. In most cases you’ll get 3 attempts at taking down the ninjas, but many times you’ll only get two. And believe me, you’ll need all the chances you can get – Flinders Ninjas is a real challenge. Each ninja spends a fraction of a second on each platform before jumping out of sight, only to land right in front of you an instant later. You’ve got to act quick or you’ll be getting the slice and dice treatment before you know it.
To take down a ninja you simply flick your finger across the screen in the direction that you want to throw the ninja-star, the game’s only weapon. If you score a hit, your foe will fall of the train platform with a satisfying “Argh!”, leaving you to deal with the next incoming bad guy. Each ninja you kill without missing a shot increases your score multiplier, visible at the top of the screen. This makes a huge difference to your high score if you’re able to get to the x16, x32 or higher.
Once you’ve dispatched the requisite number of ninjas you move up a level, but the actual “level” itself doesn’t change. Flinders Ninjas is all played out on the same train platform, but regardless, the visuals are slick, the animations are fluid and the whole game has a polished style to it.
Your high scores are stored locally and there’s also a global high scores leaderboard. Flinders Ninjas even gives you a percentile ranking – telling you whether your score was in the top 20%, the top 10% etc of all scores.
One other cool feature worth mentioning is the ability to use your iPhone as a “controller” while playing the game in your browser. You can throw ninja stars from your iPhone/iPod Touch straight to your computer screen, and you don’t even need to have the app to do it (although the app is free). Visit flindersninjas.com for more information.
Flinders Ninjas requires the iPhone OS 3.0 or later and is compatible with both iPhone and iPod Touch.