So so shinobo
by Rob Hearn 7/5/2013
Product: Ninja Striker!
Developer: Tetsushi Sato
Publisher: Q-Cumber Factory
Genre: Arcade, Platform, Retro
When you first start playing Ninja Striker!, you'll wonder how it's possible to fail. Your little ninja avatar tumbles through the air like a sworded wheel of death towards wherever you tap the screen, and you can string these somersaults together so that you never have to touch the ground.
You cut through Master System-era pixel-art ghosts and snakes and bouncing triangles almost without trying, accumulating a combo multiplier that only resets in the unlikely event that you take damage. You even cling automatically to walls and ceilings.
As if all this weren't enough, dotted around the stages are formations of arrowed discs that send your ninja pinballing around, hoovering up coins in a juddering, screen-shaking frenzy while you sit back and watch.
Ninja Striker! is a reasonable accomplished and original retro arcade game let down by a few balance issues and a slightly woolly control system
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