There are two walls on either side of the screen held in portrait mode and you can bound from wall to wall by simply tapping the screen. When jumping from one wall to the other, the Ninja does a slicing action with his Katana (sword), rending anything that gets in his way. Timing is key. The jumps must be timed so that you slice through your enemies. If you knock into an enemy while running up the wall, its game over.
The game isn't as bland as a simple run and slash. There are god-awesome powers too! If you manage to kill three enemies of the same type one after the other, you gain a power-boost that is specific to the enemy that was killed. For instance, if you manage to kill three blue birds in a row, the character will sprout wings and take to the air, smiting anything that gets in his way. After a short while, the power will end and you will become your usual vulnerable self again. The power-ups are particularly visually appealing and when you see them for the first time, you are bound to go "Oh YEAH!" (or some such similar form of exclamation).
There are also tiny bubbles on the walls which you can grab to get a protective force-shield. The force-shield is good for one hit.
The score you accumulate is a factor of the distance you've covered. This is naturally dependent on how long you manage to survive and how many power-boosts you gain. Destroying attackers is great fun but unfortunately, it doesn't contribute to your score.
- Good replay value.
- Cute visuals.
- Addicting gameplay.
- Really simple (can be seen as a good thing too)
- Needs more bad guys.
- Needs a better scoring system.
- No unlockables? :(
Get NinJump on the AppStore here.