The first thing you’ll instantly notice when you load up 8bit Ninja for the first time is the retro graphics that are reminiscent of games gone by. Everything from the menu system to the gameplay itself has been given a retro look, and it works flawlessly well.
The main object of the game is to dodge the fruit that’s falling from the sky. The longer you survive, the more customisations you’ll be able to buy from within the game’s shop with the currency you earn by surviving. Customisations range from simple power-ups, all the way up to new arenas and characters for you to use. As you play your ninja will also level up, thus unlocking even more items for you to equip your ninja with.
Although the game is free to download and play, there’s also the option to buy game currency to help you get power-ups and extras a lot quicker. If you play the game a lot, you’ll soon be able to get all the items you want without the need for you to purchase currency, but the option is there for those who can’t wait.
From the settings menu you can choose how you want to control your ninja. The touchscreen controls are easy to use, but generally aren’t fun as using the tilt control system, although both were a little unresponsive at times.
The game is also linked with the Scoreloop system, allowing players to upload their scores to the site’s leaderboards and play against millions of other games around the world. This generally worked well, but connecting to other gamers can take a while, and certain games came with a considerable amount of lag making them virtually unplayable for the most part.
8bit Ninja may have a ragged look to it, but it’s definitely one of the most addictive games to hit the market in 2012.