Review – Atomic Ninjas

By: Louis Edwards

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Ninjas have been accidentally blasted with radiation and have been turned into Atomic Ninjas. Are they truly ready for combat, or should they just be locked up in a lead box and left alone?

Read our review to find out.

 

Atomic Ninjas is a bright and colorful 2.5D multiplayer action platformer game, in which the player controls super-powered ninjas in frantic online matches against other players or bots. While the game relies on traditional jumping and shooting mechanics, the players are unable to directly kill each other. Instead, they must outsmart and outflank their opponents and kill them using various environmental hazards and obstacles, such as lava pits, laser beams, traps, moving platforms, falling crates, etc.

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The game has very little story, other than the fact that one of the Ninjas fell asleep on the job and caused a major nuclear catastrophe, in which all of the Ninjas were exposed to massive amounts of nuclear energy. Lucky for us it didn’t kill them, but just made them all awesome little Ninjas.

You’ll only have access to the Rogue Ninja for starters, but once you’ve made it through the Ninja Academy and earned enough points to rank up, you’ll slowly unlock all of the other Ninjas. With seven total to unlock and then choose from, each with their own pros and cons, the game becomes a little more diverse once they are all available.

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Gameplay puts a unique and interesting twist on your standard battle arena type games. Without being able to directly attack your opponent, it becomes paramount for you to figure out how to use your weapons and the environment to score points and take others out. You also have the choice between eight Super Abilities such as having extra Shurikens to throw, camouflage or quicker respawns. The higher rank you achieve, the more of these you’ll unlock. You can only have one activated at a time, and there are ways to swap between each ability within each level.

While playing on the PS3 you can play splitscreen offline with bots or online with a mix of bots and other players. A great addition is the ability for cross-play between the PS3 and the PS Vita versions. The game also has cross-buy so if you own both a PS3 and a Vita, you can match up with friends on another account. More multiplayer games need that cross play ability since it takes a while for some games to catch on and have enough people online to make the game fun.

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The game has seven different arenas to choose from, each with their own little nooks and crannies to explore and to figure out how best to use them. They all seem vaguely similar though, and that can make the game a little repetitive. Finding players online isn’t always easy, but as time progresses, hopefully, more gamers will find this little game.

The game offers plenty of game modes, including Deathmatch, King of the Hill, Capture the flag, Treasure hunt and various team-based competitions. Each ninja will be able to use super-powers, such as invisibility, flying, or telekinesis to add another tactical layer to the matches.

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Atomic Ninjas is a fun game, but a little short sighted. There’s no real depth, and the game play, while fun and unique at first, tends to get old quickly. One cool feature, though, is if you are losing badly you will be blessed with Noob Rage. You become very fast and invincible and can inflict heavy damage quickly and effectively for a short time.

The game is priced at $9.99/£7.99/€9.99 across the globe and at that price, getting both the PS3 and the PS Vita versions, it’s worth it. Now if only more people would get online.

6

The Final Verdict

ProsCons

  • Cross play between the PS3 and Vita is priceless
  • Very colorful graphics
  • Noob Rage FTW

  • No real story to engage the gamer
  • Needs more depth

VerdictA fun little game at a decent price
Rating
60%
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