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"Your speed and cunning will be your sensei's only
Your sensei has become
a victim of a powerful illiness. You can sense his chi fading with every
moment, and your only hope of reviving him is to find the ancient scroll
that contains the key to regaining your sensei's health. But time is already
running out and the scroll could be hidden anywhere in your world.
Could the scroll be
in the bush maze? Is it hidden in the town. Each game is a whole new experience
because the scroll appears in a different place! So use your ninja skills,
look for your friends to help you, and prepare for a journey worthy of
The use of animation and visual effects to stimulate the senses
|The graphics of Ninja Adventure are nice-looking,
but they aren't original. The action, which takes place on the upper-left
quadrant of the screen, consists of graphics taken straight out of the
the Final Fantasy series from the Ninendo Famicom.
The smooth blend of atmospheric sounds and original harmonies
||Ninja Adventure does not come with a musical
soundtrack or a sound effect to add to the action, which doesn't hurt the
game much because ninjas are supposed to be quiet. Also, it would have
been strange to see some original sound effects blended in with the Final
Fantasy graphics set up in this game.
|Gameplay (n.)The precision of control
and involvement of character within its universe
|Think of Ninja Adventure as a Capture
the Flag game. Your mission is to locate the scroll needed to heal your
sensei before time expires. This will basically mean two parts: finding
the scroll and returning to your sensei.
To give Ninja Adventure a little more interaction,
villagers are placed throughout the village, hoping to help out in your
quest by giving you useful information regarding the whereabouts of the
scroll. This comes in especially handy and makes the game seem more skill-based
The creativity and presentation of the game's critical plot
|A story about ninjas and their loyalty
towards their own clan is pretty original for a puzzle game, which tend
to build around Tetris elements or other famous puzzle concepts. I liked
the way the entire plot was introduced through a text dialogue in the beginning,
though the game certainly could have developed the storyline a little more
during the action.
|Replay Value (n.)
The timelessness of the gamer's delight, such that the experience
can be repeated again and again
|This game sure looks like an RPG, but
Ninja Adventures will not satisfy the die-hard RPG fan who needs HP, MP,
enemies, and subquests. It has to be understood that Ninja Adventure is
really more of a Capture the Flag variant, with an entirely different audience
of gamers worth considering.
To strike the mental nerve in such a way as to stimulate human thought
|When this game was first reviewed as an
RPG, the game received a very poor challenge score because of its lack
of flow. However, if taken as a puzzle game, Ninja Adventures takes on
a little more life because of the ambiguity given by some of the villagers,
which may be meant to add to the challenge. I also like the way that the
scroll is located in a different location each time you play, which complements
both the challenge and the replay value score of this puzzler.
|Fun Factor (n.)
The overall entertainment value as maintained throughout the adventure
|Capture the Flag games are really between
a rock and a hard place, since they could land on any genre. In this case,
because of the FF look that adorns this game, Ninja Adventures is more
often than not seen in RPG lists than in Puzzle game lists. No matter what
genre this game belongs to though, finding the scroll is fun at first and
frustrating at times. If only the game had a more polished look...
||Genre: Puzzle Game
||To solve: 5-30 min Final Rating: 7/35
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play Ninja Adventure, unzip the file, then run "NINJA.EXE".
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