Stickman Ninja is an enjoyable casual endless running game for Android. Developed by Neol Studios, this game is a good way to pass time, especially if you prefer a calmer gaming experience that relies more on timing than twitch reactions.
Concept and Gameplay
Stickman Ninja is a simple, yet challenging game. The goal is to skillfully jump over obstacles and destroy enemies while collecting gold coins.
This seems simple enough, but the game definitely gets more difficult as you reach higher levels.
Personally I found gameplay to be a bit boring and stale after a few minutes. Each level is fairly long, but nothing really changes as far as enemies or landscape.
According to the game’s Google Play page, players are supposed to encounter various enemies as they progress through the game, but that didn’t happen in my gameplay.
Players have 3 lives at the beginning of a level in Stickman Ninja, and hitting obstacles or zombies will take them away. To destroy enemies, players need to tap the weapon button at the bottom of the screen to fire a shuriken at them. Ammo is unlimited, so fire away.
As you play Stickman Ninja, you’ll earn gold coins by jumping into the air and grabbing them (old Super Mario players will definitely feel nostalgic). However, I couldn’t find an in-game store to spend coins on. It seems like coins are confused with points.
Stickman Ninja includes quite a few levels of gameplay, and the game automatically picks up on the level you left off at if you need to exit.
However, Stickman Ninja lacks any sort of level navigation/selection menu, and there’s no way to see previous scores or keep track of them via a personal leaderboard.
There’s a Stats page on the main menu, which lets you see how well you’ve done while playing Stickman Ninja. It includes the total distance your ninja has covered, total time played, and best scores.
Lastly, Stickman Ninja features an Achievements page, but it looks like it doesn’t actually work because achievements I know I unlocked showed as still locked on the page. This is a real disappointment, as I’m a huge fan of games that offer achievements as a way to encourage players to keep playing.
Stickman Ninja is available to download from Google Play for free, which is definitely a good thing.
Overall, Stickman Ninja is a fun way to spend some time, but it’s definitely lacking a few features that would make it a truly enjoyable game.
Unfortunately it looks more like a work in progress and will no doubt be much better with a bit more effort and fine-tuning.
Stickman Ninja requires Android 2.2+. A small expedite fee was paid to speed up the publication of this news item.
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