They’ve been envying his success for 10 years… Now they need to have their piece of the pie…
Developer comes residence and finds out that his thought is destroyed… His work stolen…
He is aware of who did this…
And he’s going to search out them.
Ninja Arashi is the nice consultant of its style, with immersive ambiance, good visuals, responsive controls, a number of platforming, and spectacular killing. After I first put in it, I performed nearly continuous till all ranges had been lastly completed, and all secrets and techniques discovered. Naturally, I believed, quite a lot of builders shall be impressed by this if not masterpiece, however gem for certain, and create their very own variations of the sport, with comparable aesthetics, action-packed platforming, and unprecedented appeal.
Boy, was I improper in my assumptions! “Impressed” shouldn’t be the best phrase I ought to used right here. “Copycats”, “ripoffs”, “1-to-1 clones”, “money-making money grabs” (or, how Arashi says himself: “Trash!”) could be the extra correct description, since every thing: backgrounds, fashions, gameplay mechanics, traps, enemies, power-ups, even stage designs – EVERYTHING was copied with out second thought, and printed as the unique work, paying no tribute to the predecessor. However including tons of annoying adverts.
At first I wished to do the thorough assessment of all of the video games – set up a dozen of them, play rigorously via each stage to level out some distinct options, sturdy variations, and so forth. However there merely was not sufficient materials to carry onto. If you’d like my assessment on Ninja Arashi – right here it’s, however others… others do not provide a lot to speak about. In addition to, I nonetheless have not recovered from the preliminary shock, so my incomprehensible mumbling is all you are gonna get.
Do not count on any severe analysis from me – I have not completed any of those video games – I have not even reached the purpose the place “the sport begins to shine”. Generally, taking part in via first couple of ranges was sufficient to see precisely the identical gameplay, with none contemporary concepts. Nonetheless, I’ll checklist the video games I discovered and write quick descriptions for them (I did not set up them for nothing, proper?).
With this being mentioned, right here we go! (Observe: The video games are listed in reversed alphabetical order. As a result of: why the heck not? I’m nonetheless not giving preferences to 1 over the opposite).
Shadow Runner Ninja.
Appears to be like extraordinarily near the unique – nearly unimaginable to inform the 2 aside. Surprisingly polished, comprises nearly no bugs (apart from bizarre texture glitches and the likelihood to stay to the ceiling and run on it Spider-Man model). Reveals banner adverts on the backside, utterly ruining the grim ambiance of the ninja recreation.
Replaces unique silhouette mannequin with the totally coloured one (with disappearing textures when participant enters homes, and the likelihood to get caught within the partitions). Toxic fountains grew to become… blood fountains as a substitute – which seems to be kinda cool. We play as ninja Shimazu (has nothing to do with Arashi), who opposes the demon Takeda (has nothing to do with Orochi) and tries to get well his kidnapped son. No person cares, however this was the very recreation that sparked the concept of writing the present article (I used to be amazed by its nice stage design, till I remembered I’ve performed one thing comparable a few years in the past).
Ninja warrior: legend of journey video games.
Options unique ranges. And funky animated character fashions. Would have been an incredible recreation (in all probability), if not for the clunky controls and total really feel of “laggyness”. The one recreation I’d reluctantly advocate to take a look at (however hey, I did not say this).
Ninja Warrior 2: Warzone & RPG.
Much more unique ranges, with cool enemies and traps. Made by the identical devs because the one above. Even higher fashions and extra fluent animations. Appears like an entire product, relatively than an inexpensive ripoff, however nonetheless bears this clear resemblance to unique NA, not permitting me to cease evaluating the 2. I truly just like the actions on this one a bit higher (however once more: I did not say that).
Ninja Warrior – Avengers.
One other ripoff, made to take advantage of some cash from the favored “franchise”. Throws adverts left and proper, and has annoying flashy banners to purchase “this cool shiny factor” for less than $0.99. Appears to be like and feels the identical manner as the unique, so why desire the previous over the latter?
Ninja Raiden Revenge.
That is what I meant once I was speaking about inspiration above. The devs took the unique aesthetics and created one thing fairly completely different. We nonetheless rush via the degrees, killing enemies on web site, however use katana way more than we do shurikens (that are restricted right here). Each essential character and enemies have well being bars, making the sport really feel extra like your common “slice-’em-up”, not counting on the unique NA formulation a lot. There are even completely different characters and gameplay modes to take part in. If there have been extra video games like this, perhaps this complete put up would have turned way more educative, and fewer of an irritation galore. And perhaps I’d have looked for these video games as a substitute. However… the injury is already executed, and we’ve got what we’ve got.
One other recreation which shifts perspective from boring Arashi-Orochi confrontation, and as soon as once more tells about Shimazu and his rival Takeda (together with cool-looking blood fountains, however with extra acquainted silhouette mannequin). Do not ask me how builders do it – I don’t know. However I can inform that this model of the story makes me fear in regards to the destiny of essential characters way more.
Ninja Murderer A Warrior’s Story.
Drastically adjustments the story, making us, the protagonist, the one who did his time in jail, and returned residence to search out out his spouse kidnapped by some highly effective demi-god who descended to earth for this sole malicious objective. Previous highschool crush, go determine. Performs extra just like the advert watching simulator, as every motion (even going to the pause menu) leads to displaying compelled advert.
Knight Darkish Shadow Ninja.
Actual copy, just like the Shadow Runner Ninja above, with identical set of visible glitches and peculiar character habits. At this level I’m beginning to suspect that copycats had been “impressed” by copycats themselves. Fortunately, with out banner adverts, however nonetheless no higher than the unique.
Arrr! Pirate Arcade Platformer.
Okay, this one is completely different. As a substitute of a ninja on the lookout for his kidnapped son, we play as a cool pirate (as a result of pirates are a lot cooler than ninjas, proper?) on his quest to search out one thing way more beneficial – his stolen ship. We are going to traverse spectacular marine areas, killing enemies with throwing daggers and trusted cutlass. Oh, and there may be additionally particular rum which grants invulnerability (sic!). Drink reasonably, keep wholesome, of us!
As you’ll be able to see, all the video games above look and play just about the identical, not providing any unique concepts. Thus, when you’ve got completed Ninja Arashi, and need to expertise one thing comparable, there is just one recreation to fulfill your wants. It is known as Ninja Arashi 2.
NOTE: I’m certain there are dozens of different clones that I’ve missed, so if about some video games not lined on this article… do not trouble sending them to me. I can already see that all of them comply with the identical formulation and don’t present something we’ve not already seen (I’m not completely certain why I wrote this put up within the first place). However be happy to debate this complete scenario within the feedback, or share your personal ideas on the matter.
Good luck in all of your endeavors.