By kode80 LLC
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"sublime", "it's already becoming one of my favorite games on the iPhone" - Kotaku, Game App of the Day
"you'll find yourself sucked into this addictive vortex in which you want to keep playing a level over and over again" - IGN, Editors Choice
"1-bit Ninja is a truly unique and rewarding experience" - 148apps, Editors Choice
"the finished product is a flawless, iconic game that proves what single, indie developers can achieve" - iPhoneAlley
"It’s the best example of a retro platformer on iOS yet…and I’m hooked!" - TouchGen, Editors Choice
"Must Have Game Of June 2011" - Robin Rhys, AppAdvice Daily
Best Retro Game 2011 - TouchGen
#8 iOS Game 2011 - iPhoneAlley
Best iPhone Game 2011 - ArcadeLife
1-bit Ninja is pure run + jump fun unlike anything else on the App Store. The stylized 2D side-scrolling world can be dragged into 3D at any point to reveal hidden paths. Built from the ground up for touch screen control that rivals 'real buttons', 1-bit Ninja sacrifices a back button in the name of precise control you don't ever have to think about.
Need to move in the opposite direction? There's a spring or platform for that!
* stylized 1-bit engine mixes 2D & 3D
* simple 2 touch control for jump-precision
* classic head-bouncing, run + jump gameplay
* hiscores & best times
* save & watch replays of your best runs
* export replays as video for YouTube
* 5 worlds, 25 levels & over 125 challenges
* Custom practice-checkpoints
* Game Center leaderboards & achievements
* secrets & easter eggs
* unlockable camera modes inc. red/cyan 3D
* original chip-tune sound track
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What's New in Version 1.30
* iPad support
* iPhone 5s, 6 and 6+ support
* iOS 8 optimized
* Bug fixes
Great game, great developer
It's been years since 1-Bit Ninja came out, and the developer is still releasing updates for it to make sure it runs well on new devices. I think that's awesome.
The game itself is a great arcade game; it distills the platformer genre into its basic parts, resulting in a "pick-up-and-play" experience that is easily enjoyable in bite-sized sessions. You can do only two things, run and jump, and the controls reflect that simplicity: touching the left side of the screen makes you run, and you him the right makes you jump. This removes the possibility of being distracted or frustrated by control issues other iOS platformers tend to have. Admittedly it also makes the game more challenging since you can only move forward, but that's part of what makes it fun.
The goal is to make your way through each level, trying to find the best routes through them in order to get the most coins and to collect all of the "S" coins in each level. Pulling it off can be tricky, but never frustrating, and requires some clever timing and memorization of the level's layout. This is further enhanced by the existence of secret passages in the level, which can be revealed by moving your finger across the top edge of the screen, changing the camera angle and revealing a 3D view of the level--which I think is just plain cool. The game also records your best times for completing a level, adding a bit more to its replay value.
1-Bit Ninja has a great sense of style, too, especially for those of us who are nostalgic about the earlier days of video games. It draws its visual design largely from games for the original Game Boy, especially the first Super Mario Land game, and the effect works well, especially when juxtaposed by the "3D peek" feature mentioned earlier. The music fits the game well, being energetic and catchy (I find myself trying to jump in time with it), and it suits the ninja theme of the game well, since it reminds somewhat of traditional Japanese music.
Overall, 1-Bit Ninja is a fun, memorable, and challenging game that I keep coming back to, and it's been on my devices ever since I bought it 3 years ago.
- Category: Games
- Updated: Dec 19, 2014
- Version: 1.30
- Size: 35.9 MB
- Languages: English, Danish, French, Japanese, Serbian, Spanish
- Seller: kode80 LLC
- © 2011 kode80 LLC
Compatibility: Requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5, iPhone 6, and iPhone 6 Plus.