Price: $ .99
Ninja Fall Down iPhone app, by developer Smobile Co., functions like Doodle Jump in reverse, combining the best of that classic application with timed racing action and a whole heap of jump-based platforming. It’s a fun cocktail, and though the iPhone app isn’t perfect, we certainly enjoyed all it had to offer. The graphics are gorgeous, the plot vague, and the action hefty: For our full thoughts on Ninja Fall Down, check our iPhone app review of the application below.
Concept and Gameplay
As mentioned, Ninja Fall Down behaves in a lot of ways that bear resemblance to Doodle Jump or any of the million other platform-based apps available in the App Store. However, rather than having players jump up toward the heavens, Ninja Fall Down asks them to run down, sliding from platform to platform in a descending pattern. This mission is complicated by the fact that the platforms speed up, sliding past at a faster and faster pace. The ninja must move quickly to not become trapped Tetris-style under the weight of the shelves, or Ninja Fall Down hands the player a Big Fat Fail. However, this isn’t so much of a downer: The game has no definite end, making it more about survival, rather than progression.
Along the way, players must also collect coins and power-ups. The coins can be collected and used to purchase new levels, or optional game modes. We found it pretty cool that modes where only certain power-ups are offered can be unlocked: It’s a neat twist, and one that shows genuine thought on the developer’s part. The power-ups are also varied and engaging, though we found them a bit hard to pick up along the way. The speed difference between stages is drastic, going from very easy to semi-hard, to nearly impossible. This isn’t such a bad thing (We aren’t known for being good at video games) but we might have liked a smoother curve, regardless.
Design and Graphics
On the plus side, Ninja Fall Down does come with Game Center integration, including leader boards and achievements. The graphics themselves are also ace: We especially appreciated the dark tone and shadowy ledges. We aren’t, however, the biggest fans of the game’s in-app purchases. Coin collecting takes a bloody long time when the levels can only be purchased for (what we consider) hefty amount. To compensate, the developers have included the option to purchase in-app currency. It’s not a deal breaker, but we’d rather not pay to play an app we’ve already purchased.
In-app offerings aside, Ninja Fall Down is priced at the always-decent $ .99 spot. For that money, you’ll get a lot of platforming action with a ninjitsu twist. It’s a great time killer, and with a hefty amount of replay value, you could easily kill a handful of morning commutes with Ninja Fall Down alone.
Ninja Fall Down requires iOS 4.1 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.
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