EA Games Ninja Reflex
- Fun presentation, includes meditation guide
- Very repetitive gameplay, not much variety in mini-games
Price$ 49.95 (AUD)
It's safe to assume that a ninja has to be on top of his athletic game, so poking a DS screen might not be the best means of training. Regardless, you can pretend you are a destined warrior of the night; just wipe the Cheeto dust off your fingers first. Ninja Reflex's six mini-games won't keep you busy for longer than a few hours anyway, so the tension and burn is very temporary.
Ninja Reflex promises to heighten your senses and sharpen your response time, but it's really just a collection of ninja-themed mini games. A wizened sensei will talk you through six choices: Catching flies with chopsticks (Hashi), snatching koi from the water, battling oni with a katana, capturing fireflies, throwing shurikens and batting at objects with nunchucks. Each choice yields a set number of challenges (catch only medium koi, touch only certain colored fireflies), and clearing those challenges opens the right to earn a belt. Once you've moved up in rank, new mini-game challenges open up within the six categories, plus the older challenges are reset with higher difficulty levels. The end result is a very short game with a lot of repetition. Ninja Reflex is fun while the novelty lasts, which isn't for long.
Bow To Your Sensei
There's also the issue of Ninja Reflex being marketed as yet another title that will sharpen your reflexes and heighten your senses. True, the more you practice at snatching flies with chopsticks, the better you get...but to what end? In other games where reflexes count, for example Elite Beat Agents, your efforts unlock new songs and levels. In Ninja Reflex, you're merely rehashing old territory if you bother to improve yourself.
The game's presentation is nicely done. Your sensei speaks to you with calm (if not amusingly cliche?) clarity, and the movements of targets and backgrounds are fluid. You are, however, visiting the same locations over and over, so it's easy to get tired of what you see. The controls are sharp for the most part, though the oni sword-fighting, which requires you to block or attack depending on stylus motion, is often non-responsive.
Ninja Reflex is a fun rental. But if you decide to shell out full price for a collection of repetitive mini-games, you need a lesson in spending, my son.
Join the Good Gear Guide newsletter!
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Ford Focus ST (2015) review: Absolutely mental styling, engine, handling
- 2 LG 65-inch UHD TV (65UF950T) review
- 3 Playing chicken with a Tesla Model S
- 4 Audi TT (2015) review: A smarter take on the sports coupe
- 5 Microsoft Lumia 640 review: Honouring Nokia's legacy
Deals on Good Gear Guide
- Networking, Wireless & VoIP
Deals on Good Gear Guide
Latest News Articles
- Rising Thunder is a PC-exclusive robot brawler built by Street Fighter talent
- Nintendo's President Iwata's death comes as firm tries to move to mobile
- Need for Speed puts The Fast and the Furious back into street racing
- Batman: Arkham Knight: How bad are the issues? Pretty bad.
- Sony doubles PlayStation 4 storage ahead of big game releases
GGG Evaluation Team
First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.
- FTSenior Account Manager - PR AgencyNSW
- CCMarketing Coordinator - World's largest search engine!NSW
- CCAccount Strategist | Sales Executive | Global Search EngineNSW
- CCLead Generator - Software SolutionsNSW
- CCInternal Communications ExecutiveNSW
- FTAccount Manager - PR AgencyNSW
- FTTechnical Sales Support Representative - The Worlds largest Search Engine!NSW
- FTDevOps Consultant - Microsoft Experience - Digital ConsultancyVIC
- FTDesktop Engineering ManagerNSW
- FTField EngineerNSW
- FTBusiness Development Manager & Account ManagerVIC