Shuriken Chicken: It’s All in the Name, Isn’t It?

Price: $0.99

Shuriken Chicken: iPhone App Written Review

Shuriken Chicken for iPhone

Reviewed by Luke Patrick

Do you like running games for the iPhone? Better yet, do you like running games that feature ninjas, chickens, witches, and hand-crafted felt art? If so, then count your blessings because Shuriken Chicken by developer Games for Gummie caters to all your specific needs and more. The app is one heck of a running game, featuring incredible artwork, a quirky exterior, and mind-blowingly simple controls. And the price isn’t bad, to boot! All in all, you’ll find your full review of Shuriken Chicken waiting below, so head on down beyond the break, Soldier!

Concept and Gameplay

As stated, Shuriken Chicken is very squarely a member of the running game genre. However, it isn’t a top-down like Temple Run, but rather a side-scrolling adventure featuring a single, ninja chicken. This chicken runs along the screen, relying on the player to help him dodge steel boxes, traps, witches, spaceships, and a mountain of other obstacles. All of this is accomplished using the app’s blissfuly simple controls. A swipe up makes the chicken jump, while a swipe down makes him duck. If you tap the screen, he’ll throw enemy destroying shurikens. Overall, the game takes about thirty seconds to learn, but so much more time to master.

The main level that you’re running along is quite entertaining, and we like the pace of the game. It doesn’t take long before the action starts to heat up, which comes as a boon when you’re repeating the same area over and over. Still, we might have liked to see a few more levels. If future updates were to bring this functionality along, we have a feeling Shuriken Chicken might start climbing the ranks a little hotter. That being said, Game Center integration, including achievements, is already quite the boon, especially for us dedicated arcade gamers.

Design and Graphics

Shuriken Chicken

Shuriken Chicken

One of the absolute coolest things bout Shuriken Chicken, though, is its incredible art style. The app uses graphics created by hand out of felt, and then animated on the iPhone. The end result is a one-of-a-kind graphics set that set the tone perfectly for the app. All of the monsters are gorgeous, and the chicken’s little running legs are just about the cutest thing on the planet. On top of all this, the main level itself is quite well-engineered: Obstacles pop along at the right rate, and the randomized layout means you’ll never be blasting past the same felt twice.

Overall Value

For the price, it really is hard not to recommend Shuriken Chicken. Sure, it can get a little repetitive after a while, but future updates will likely iron that out posthaste. Additionally, the app’s incredible graphics are yet another reason to give it a test drive. So all in all, for the dollar it costs, we can’t help but recommend Shuriken Chicken. If you’re a fan of running games and want something new, here’s a good place to start.

Shuriken ChickenShuriken Chicken requires iOS 4.3 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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