Ninja Senki DX
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Playing Tribute Games' Ninja Senki DX is very much like reliving the past of videogames and revelling in its joy and simplicity.
Ninja Senki DX is a very well done 2D ninja action game.
[Ninja Senki DX] succeeds to replicating what's already been done, which is fine, but it fails to be a classic in its own right
Ninja Senki DX features some good improvements over the already tough as nails freeware experience from several years ago. It's quite fun to experience as a newcomer, provided you sharpen your skills as fast as possible and don't lose your temper with the constant restarts, and quite challenging for veterans through the extra modes and revised elements.
Ninja Senki DX is an arcade game, and with that comes some baggage. For it's incredible controls, it has balancing issues that seem easily rectified. Cheap kills can be made up for by an incredible world, and there seems to be some of it here. For the rather low-key graphics, it still manages to work. It would be foolish to miss out on Ninja Senki DX's retro charm, but if you have a hefty backlog, it's not something you need to rush into. So, in summary, it should definitely be experienced by fans of the genre, but it can wait.
While Ninja Senki DX doesn't really add anything new or offer anything that can't be found in dozens of old NES titles, it strikes all the right notes and fans of retro style platformers will find plenty to enjoy here. There is some really clever level design and enemy placement, and enough challenge to keep even the most masochistic of masochists entertained for quite a while.
It's difficult to try to find any faults with Ninja Senki DX.
Ninja Senki DX revels in its own simplicity, distilling the basics of 2D platformers into a single, beginner-friendly crash course in the genre. It's not the fanciest or the most difficult, but every aspect of it is carefully calculated to provide a satisfying experience for players of all levels of experience.
Even for a game priced at five dollars, Ninja Senki DX is a letdown. What could have been another classic addition to the Tribute Games lineup instead ends up feeling like any generic retro-inspired indie game. It's far from terrible, but with so many other great games out there that do a much better reminding you of the NES days, there's no need to pick up one that does a sub-par job at it. Save your nostalgic urges for something with more meat on it.