Repost: Ninjatown: Trees of Doom! Review

I know a little about Shawnimals and nothing about Venan Entertainment, but when it comes to Ninjatown: Trees of Doom!, the collaboration created one of the best iPhone/Touch titles I’ve ever played. The simplistic gameplay that slowly rises in difficulty had the chance to become very repetitive and annoying, but the gradual nature of the title created one of the most additive experiences ever.

The plot of Ninjatown: Trees of Doom! isn’t that important, but does need an introduction. Wee Ninja needs to impress Ol’ Master Ninja by climbing two parallel trees as high as he can while evading enemies and avoiding traps from the trees themselves.

Enemies include Flying Devils, Tribal Devils, and Syrup Devils; all who can hinder the upward progress of Wee Ninja. The pair of trees also create problems through the slippery inner core of the tree and Dark Syrup that runs out of portions of the trees. It’s so simplistic in presentation that the style draws players in.

Ninjatown: Trees of Doom! also features powerups like the Bubblegum shield, a log that transports Wee Ninja higher, and “flying mucho macho Moustachio.” These powerups can help pass more difficult levels, and are appreciated in the higher areas.

The visuals of the title use the classic Ninjatown style, cartoon-influenced imagery that flows well. The sound of the title also fits the title well. I enjoy the most when the Tribal Devils wave their spears and that sound effect triggers.

With only one goal, the title scales itself very well. At the lower heights, there’s not much to worry about, but reaching a height of around 1000 and the game becomes a fun timing puzzle that takes a lot of careful planning and reaction time.

Venan Entertainment developed a title that is among the best of the iTunes Apps because it focuses on simplicity over complexity and it helps the title become much more addictive than if there were more elements in the title. At $1.99, it’s something that can’t be missed and shouldn’t be. Even on iPad the title scales well at the double-size, which is where I played it.

Don’t miss this title because the fun of the title is something special among the huge amounts of bloatware on the App Store. Ninjatown: Trees of Doom! is in my top three of favorite titles on the Apple platform.