SouthPeak Interactive Ninjatown
- Engaging yet simple gameplay, memorable characters and cut scenes, not too easy yet not too difficult
- The intentionally basic graphics won't impress, not all challenges are immediately intuitive
Ninjatown is bursting with charm and personality and it's found the perfect fit on a system that is just as original and unique. And while it may not appeal to the masses, those who do play it will not be disappointed.
While not as adorable as the plush toys that Ninjatown is based on (and harder to hug) this strategy game has a leg up on the stuffed-ninja-toy-line in a number of other departments — most noticeably in complexity, depth and level of involvement. That's not to say, however, that Ninjatown is an overly complicated strategy game. In fact, as far as the genre is concerned, Ninjatown is as simple as they come. But in this unique game's case that doesn't end up being a shortcoming; simplicity is one of its strengths.
Ninjas the way God intended: adorable!
Ninjatown is a pretty straightforward, tower-defence strategy game. As various demons approach your village of ninja, you are given the task of building up your stealthy defences in order to fend off the waves of minions from reaching your cherished cookie stash. This is done by placing various ninja huts along the predefined monster path and hoping your ninja hut occupants (ninja) have what it takes to defeat the various undead bruisers. For the most part, that's the basic premise of the title, and while the design is fairly simple, the game manages to stay entertaining through diversified level objectives and a well-balanced difficulty progression.
After the completion of each level, the game further reveals its plot through storyboard-style cinemas that are usually very entertaining and funny. In fact, this is probably the game's strongest suit: it's brimming with personality. The cast of charming ninja and bothersome demons are endowed with such appealing quirks and foibles that each of them remains memorable, ensuring that at the very least this game becomes a cult hit.
State of the martial art?
Unfortunately, Ninjatown isn't without a few flaws. Despite the fact that the game fends off monotony with varied level goals and decent balance, you'll occasionally have to utilise trial and error to figure out exactly what is required to defeat each demon horde. And the graphics, while intentionally simple, also can be seen as a weakness. The art for some of the secondary, background objects is often too basic and just looks wrong, both in proportion and perspective. However, this game places little importance on trying to be the most technologically-advanced title, and instead focuses on the most important aspect of any video game: being fun. And in that, it succeeds in spades.
Join the PC World newsletter!
UE Boom 2 Bluetooth speaker
Samsung portable 1TB T3 drive
Microsoft L5V-00027 Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard Desktop
Lexar® JumpDrive® S57 USB 3.0 flash drive
Epson EcoTank Expression ET-2500
Everki ContemPRO Roll Top Laptop Backpack
Epson WorkForce ET-4550
Linksys AC5400 MU-MIMO Gigabit router
Acer Swift 7
Logitech G403 Prodigy mouse
Epson WorkForce DS-360W
Lexar® JumpDrive® S45 USB 3.0 flash drive
Huawei Mate 9
3SIXT Ultra HD Sports Action Camera
Lexar® Portable SSD
Belkin MIXIT Metallic Lightning to USB Cable
Google Daydream VR headset
Garmin Fenix Chronos smartwatch
HD Pan/Tilt Wi-Fi Camera with Night Vision NC450
Blade 28 backpack by Arc’teryx
Surface Pro 4
Audio-Technica ATH-ANC70 Noise Cancelling Headphones
Dell XPS 13 laptop
Lexar® JumpDrive® C20c USB Type-C flash drive
HP Pavilion x360 13”
Lexar® Professional 1800x microSDHC™/microSDXC™ UHS-II cards
Dell Inspiron 5000 series 2-in-1
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Oppo R9s Plus phone: Full, in-depth review
- 2 Samsung 2017 QLED Q7 TV: Full, in-depth review
- 3 HTC U Ultra phone full, in-depth review
- 4 Gigabyte Aorus GA-AX370-Gaming 5 AMD Ryzen AM4 motherboard review
- 5 Venom Blackbook Zero 14 laptop review
Latest News Articles
- StarCraft Remastered updates a legend with 4K widescreen support, updated audio, and more
- Obduction's new VR hand-tracking makes Myst's spiritual successor even more stunning
- Star Citizen dumps DirectX 12 plans to focus on Vulkan-powered graphics
- Dungeons and Dragons ditches pen and paper with D&D Beyond
- Exclusive no more: PlayStation 4 games are coming to the PC via PlayStation Now
PCW Evaluation Team
A smarter way to print for busy small business owners, combining speedy printing with scanning and copying, making it easier to produce high quality documents and images at a touch of a button.
I've had a multifunction printer in the office going on 10 years now. It was a neat bit of kit back in the day -- print, copy, scan, fax -- when printing over WiFi felt a bit like magic. It’s seen better days though and an upgrade’s well overdue. This HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 looks like it ticks all the same boxes: print, copy, scan, and fax. (Really? Does anyone fax anything any more? I guess it's good to know the facility’s there, just in case.) Printing over WiFi is more-or- less standard these days.
As a freelance writer who is always on the go, I like my technology to be both efficient and effective so I can do my job well. The HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 Inkjet Printer ticks all the boxes in terms of form factor, performance and user interface.
I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.
Ultimately, I think the Windows 10 environment is excellent for me as it caters for so many different uses. The inclusion of the Xbox app is also great for when you need some downtime too!
For me, the Xbox Play Anywhere is a great new feature as it allows you to play your current Xbox games with higher resolutions and better graphics without forking out extra cash for another copy. Although available titles are still scarce, but I’m sure it will grow in time.
- LG G6: unboxing, hands on review and detail shots
- Samsung Galaxy A5 2017: unboxing, hands on review and detail shots
- And the 2017 winner of the Formula 1 Best Pit Lane Boom Gantry is...
- What's the difference between an Intel Core i3, i5 and i7?
- Laser vs. inkjet printers: which is better?
- FTSocial Media ExecutiveNSW
- FTGraduate Software EngineerNSW
- TPBusiness AnalystVIC
- TPFront End DeveloperNSW
- TPBusiness Analyst - Infrastructure ProjectQLD
- CCSAP FICO Support AnalystWA
- CC.net Developer (Front and Back end)QLD
- FTService Delivery ManagerWA
- FTInfrastructure Project Manager Office 365 ImplementationVIC
- FTCloud Infrastructure Specialist - Azure/AWSNSW
- CCAutomation Test AnalystQLD
- TPBusiness Analyst/Project MangerVIC
- CCSalesforce Functional AnalystNSW
- FTTechnical Expert | 3mth+contractVIC
- FTDrupal Developer - SeniorQLD
- TPProject Manager | HealthQLD
- TPMedia AssistantNSW
- FTFinancial AnalystNSW
- FTPHP DeveloperNSW
- CCApplication Support Specialist- Bathurst or Port MacquarieNSW
- FTSenior Test AnalystSA
- FTTelco Program ManagerVIC
- CCEnterprise/Solution ArchitectNSW
- FTStorage Engineer (HDS)NSW