Games that change as you do are the best. It’s not often that you find one that is simple and still manages to keep you on your toes, but the folks at App Street Games have done just that. They have launched an interesting and fun game called Ninflated. Like nothing you have ever heard before, Ninflated is a Ninja game that couldn’t be farther from what a Ninja would actually do. Well, maybe not so far, but you won’t be brandishing and slashing swords in this game. Rather, you will be adeptly moving Nin, your Ninja warrior, swiftly through a maze of obstacle floors as he traverses through training at Ninja Training Tower.
Ninflated Game Review
The game basically has you shift your Ninja as he floats upward, cradled in a bubble, across your screen and your job is to help him avoid hitting anything. Anything means the floors that he passes along his way as he floats to the top of the tower. Each floor has an opening that allows Nin to pass through. The catch is that these openings are not aligned. This means you must move Nin either left or right to allow him to pass through, unscathed.
Moving him left or right can be accomplished by either swiping on the screen left or right, ever so slightly, or by tapping on the left or right side of the screen. Once you play it a few times, you will get a feel for how much of a swipe you’ll need how fast you’ll need to tap. Keep in mind, practice makes better.
Be aware that as you play more and master the movements, the game will slowly shift gears to thwart boredom. Floors will soon begin to behave differently. You will see that suddenly a swipe to the left now moves Nin to the right, or that a tap on the right side of the screen causes Nin to shift left. At higher levels of the tower, you will be forewarned that “up is now the new down.” What does that mean? You will find out as you play!
The fun part about this game is that you can compete against yourself or you can open yourself up to other gamers and see how you stack up against them.
With a simple game concept and a presentation that shares the same, this game is challenging without being overwhelming. Some games just overload on the graphics and action, but this game keeps things straightforward and focuses on one thing, Nin.
It would be nice to have some sort of practice session or exercise on how to understand and use the swiping and tapping controls. Maybe a few trial games that do not affect scoring would be nice. However, in the grand scheme of things, the game gives you plenty of retries so that you can restart and retrain.
Simple in nature but powerful in application, Ninflated helps exercises your reflexes and memory, forcing changes to muscle-memory conditioning and keeping your fingertips at the ready.