Ninjin: Clash of Carrots | Review | PC

Ninjin: Clash of Carrots by Pocket Trap is a retro style indie side scrolling beat-em-up available now on Steam, PS4, Xbox One, and the Nintendo Switch.

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The Shogun’s minions stealing the carrot crop

Ninjin takes place in a fantasy realm inspired by Feudal Japan and inhabited by animals. In the opening scene, the peaceful village of Usagi is attacked by the minions of the evil Shogun Moe who steal this year’s entire crop of carrots. The village shōya tasks two ninjas, Ninjin the rabbit and Akai the fox, with retrieving the carrots at any cost so the people won’t starve. Choose your ninja (or grab a friend for some co-op) and fight your way through the ranks of the Shogun’s armies, lieutenants, samurai, warlords, and eventually Shogun Moe himself to get back as many carrots as possible.

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Gear up for battle

 

Gameplay: The controls for Ninjin are fairly simple and perfectly responsive. While it allows use of either keyboard and mouse, or a controller, both have their advantages and disadvantages. The controller is nice for having everything right in your hands, but makes precision ranged attacks harder to execute. The keyboard and mouse setup is better for aiming ranged attacks, but makes dash attacks and movement a bit harder. Also the mouse cursor used to aim projectiles can easily get lost on the screen if there’s a large number of enemies. Overall the gameplay is well polished and smooth as butter.

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Fight through the frozen mountains

Sound: The soundtrack for Ninjin is very well done and it’s easy to hear the influence of retro games such as Zelda, Double Dragon, and even Mario. The game also has a large assortment of music, which keeps it from getting stale. The sound effects only serve to drag you further into the retro nostalgia of this game. Your character has a number of sounds for various weapons, attacks, and movements and that’s only the start. The many enemies each add their own movement and attack sounds into the fray, making for a symphony of commotion at times, but not to the point of being disruptive. One of my favorite sounds in the game is the burbling noise made as the text scrolls through the speech bubbles. I love that they chose this instead of having spoken lines because it pays homage to so many of the classics that this game pulled inspiration from.

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Spend your carrots at Corgi’s roadside shop

Visuals: The visual style of Ninjin is nothing short of spectacular, it perfectly combines ancient Japanese ukiyo-e art, old school video games, anime, and 2010 Cartoon Network. The level selection screen is an overworld map similar to Super Mario World, with new bits being revealed when you progress. As you travel from your village to the Shogun’s castle you ninja run through a number of scenic locations, including vast forests, snow covered mountains, the big city, and even a spooky graveyard. Each level has a bit of foreground, the path where the action takes place, and the background. The backgrounds are composed of multiple layers of cutouts making it look like scenery from a theatrical production or a painstakingly intricate pop-up book. Each new NPC and enemy that you encounter have their own unique look, weapons, and attacks to add to the palette of the game. Also you can unlock weapons and accessories to customize your character that range from authentic to hilarious and even downright bizarre.

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Some of the weapons are… interesting

Story: Ninjin’s plot borrows aspects from many familiar tropes and weaves them together in a way that, while not necessarily completely unique, is definitely enjoyable. After the opening sequence, most of the story is played out in cut scenes every so often in between levels, although occasionally bits of plot are interjected mid level by an NPC or enemy character. Most of the dialogue portions in the game are skippable, but I would say that they are worth taking the time to read as they are well written and quite amusing.

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Take down General Jam’s tank

Replay Value: I would say Ninjin has an upper middle range replay value as there are a decent number of things to keep you coming back. First off it has a good amount of stages of varying difficulties to fight through and depending on the enemies encountered you may need to rethink your strategy and change up your equipment before trying again. This of course could mean grinding through previous levels to “farm” enough carrots to buy something new from the store (pun intended). That brings us to the next reason: equippable items. There are over 200 unlockable weapons and accessories, most of which can have an impact on your stats and attributes and can give you the upper hand in the next boss fight, or get you a better rating on that last stage. Because when you do finish a level you are given a rating based on your performance, which is stored along with your best times, giving you reason to continue trying to better yourself. Also you can try your luck on The Oni TV Show, the game’s endless mode, which presents new challenges and has exclusive rewards that can only be unlocked by getting as far as possible. Last but not least is the fact that the game has local or online co-op so you can grab a friend and open up a can of carrot flavored whoop-ass on some baddies, just like the good old days.

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Co-op mode, now with twice the ninja goodness

Summary: I saw some promise when I first heard about Ninjin, so I was excited when the folks at Pocket Trap sent me a copy to do this review. I’m not sure what I expected the first time I fired it up, but I surely got more than I bargained for. As someone who grew up playing game series such as Ninja Turtles, Battletoads, Streets of Rage, and Double Dragon this game was a huge wave of nostalgia for me, although I feel that it’s modern aspects make it relevant in today’s market as well. So whether you’re an older gamer like me looking for a trip down memory lane, or a young gamer looking for something quick and new to play when the Fortnite servers are down, I would highly recommend this game.

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Win special rewards on The Oni TV Show

Avalanche Studios and THQ Nordic are on the hunt again – theHunter: Call of the Wild 2019 Edition announced

Press Release: Passionate digital Hunters all over the world have brought home their prey, since theHunter: Call of the Wild™ was released in 2017. Through the idyllic german farmlands of Hirschfelden, the Layton Lake District in North America or the icy Medved-Taiga National Park in Siberia hunters have proven their skills. But soon it will be time to be challenged with the largest and most dangerous animals, in the wild and savage landscapes of the Vurhonga Savanna in Africa!

This latest, upcoming DLC will already be part of theHunter: Call of the Wild™ 2019 Edition, that will include the main game as well as all previous DLCs plus the new Vurhonga Savanna for an SRP of $39.99 on PC and $44.99 on consoles. theHunter: Call of the Wild™ 2019 Edition will be available soon for PC, PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system and the Xbox One family of devices including Xbox One X.

Prison Architect’s Escape Mode DLC out now on PS4

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Over on the Playstation Blog Tom Pedalino, a Game Designer for Prison Architect, announced the new Escape Mode DLC being released today! In Escape mode you “Take on the role of an inmate and try to escape by forming a crew, bribing guards and developing your skills to execute a masterful escape plan. You can try to escape your own prison, or try your luck at one of the thousands of community-made maps ready to download from World of Wardens.”

They didn’t just lift the mode from PC but went back and reworked the “needs” system along with Skills system and mission. You can take on the role of a crime boss to gain XP quicker through a risk reward system to help you escape faster. In addition to system changes they also add 27 new snapshots, 6 different endings and 13 new trophies.

You can read the whole blog post here

The Forest to launch on PS4 November 6th

Today over on the Playstation Blog Anna Terekhova, one of the developers working on The Forest, announced the release date of November 6th along with an overview of the game including how she feels multiplayer is the best way to play.

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Speaking about multiplayer Terekhova said “We originally focused on the game as a single-player-only experience, but fans of the game encouraged us to implement a multiplayer mode. Set out as up to four dads on a horror adventure to find your missing kid. Join together with friends to build, swim, or mess around with turtle-shell sledding in the snow. We now feel multiplayer is the best way to experience The Forest, playing with up to three other friends for the ultimate survival horror experience.”

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You can read the whole blog post here. Are you excited for the the console release of The Forest? Will you and your friends being playing this open world survival horror game?

BRAWLOUT DASHES ‘N’ BASHES ONTO PC, PLAYSTATION 4 & XBOX ONE TODAY!

Press Release: Get those fists (or paws… or flippers) up, because Brawlout brings the fight to PC, PS4 and Xbox One today. Not only does this mark the game’s launch out of Steam Early Access, but it enables Angry Mob Games to share the beloved party fighting genre with a whole new audience of console owners, following its initial launch on Nintendo Switch. Are you ready for fast-paced, couch and online party multiplayer?

Having gained notoriety for its lovable cast of guest stars, including indie darlings from Hyper Light Drifter and Guacamelee!, mascot platformer extraordinaire Yooka-Laylee is now available as part of Brawlout’s roster. Not to be outdone following the game’s launch earlier this month, Dead Cells’ headless protagonist will also join the fight this Fall, bringing his unique form of weapon-based offence to the arena with a multitude of skills and weapons to master. If you’re looking for a character that can adapt to just about any situation, look no further!

On top of its stellar cast of original and guest characters, Xbox One owners can look forward to an exclusive party mode, offering up five new ways to amp up the dash-n-bash action. Read on for all the details:

Golden Belt: Become the king of the ring! Fight to hold the belt longer than your opponents and fill up your golden meter to win!

Plague: A terrible plague has descended on the arena, dealing damage over time to infected players. Hit other players to pass the plague on and keep on the offensive to eliminate 3 opponents and win!

Sudden Death: Who performs best under pressure? Everyone starts with 300% damage, half a meter of rage burst, and has 1 minute to score as many kills as possible.

Coin Mania: It’s raining gold! Collect gold coins and watch your back – others can steal them from you. The player with the most coins at the end of the time limit wins!

Bomber Blast: Are you ready for explosive action? Players can’t stop dropping bombs – even after they run out of stocks – littering the arena with obstacles that offer a helping hand when it comes to launching others. The last player alive wins!

Brawlout is available now on Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One, retailing for $19.99 USD. For more information and all the latest updates, follow Angry Mob Games at the links below.

ABOUT BRAWLOUT

Brawlout packs a punch with couch and online play modes that feature quick matches over slow-paced, defensive battles. Brawlout goes all-out with lightning-fast aerobatics famously found in classic platform fighters. With wavedashing, a free-form combat system, and a chargeable ‘Rage Meter’ at the player’s disposal, each battle will be a combo-bonanza!

From grappling to long range weapon options, there is a character for all fighting game aficionados. Whether players are looking for a casual couch experience with friends, or to challenge pros in worldwide online tournaments, Brawlout caters to anyone looking to create a little chaos. For those wanting to take part in the mayhem from a safe distance, Brawlout TV is available for spectators to watch ongoing matches.

FEATURES

• Choose from six original combatants (each with variants that change up their look, moves, and playstyle) in addition to guests from indie hits Hyper Light Drifter, Guacamelee!, Yooka-Laylee, and Dead Cells: bringing the roster to 24!

• Host up to 4 players in online and local battles

• Choose from a number of battle modes including Timed, Stock, or Team Matches

• AI opponents are also available if you want to practice your team combos with a friend, or if you need to fill out a free for all

• Train with Advanced Tutorials or by challenging Arcade Towers

• Fuel your Rage Meter to power up for hard-hitting special attacks, and tap into Rage Mode to swing the match in your favor

• No blocking required – Action is kept fast and fluid with wavedashing, teching, air dodging and other advanced maneuvers

• + new features being added all the time!

Retro co-op adventure Robbotto out now on Switch & PC

Press Release: When it comes to video games, nostalgia is king. Many of us have fond memories of the games we played when we were young, and of those retro aesthetics that captured our imagination and became synonymous with a sense of play. Robbotto, the new 2D co-op adventure from indie studio JMJ Interactive, captures the spirit of retro arcade fun, and is out right now on PC and Nintendo Switch.

The story of Robbotto is simple and engaging: join Robb and Otto, two intrepid maintenance robots, as they travel through a malfunctioning spaces cruiser in an effort to shutdown the machines rampaging through the ship. Controlling either character, the player must master platforming and shooting to conquer each level. Tackle the adventure alone, or with a friend through local co-op.  On the couch, in the park, at a bar — the possibilities for solo or co-op play are endless.

“I have put a lot of heart into Robbotto, so to finally be able to release it feels great,” said JMJ Interactive founder and Robbotto developer, Marten Jonsson. “Creating a game is like laying a puzzle, every piece has to fit together, and I can only hope that people will appreciate the complete image. So cheers to the game being released, I hope you have fun!””

Game features:

• Retro aesthetic: Inspired by retro arcade titles, Robbotto is a nod to classic bar games.

• A plethora of levels and enemies: With over 100 levels, 20 different enemy types, and 10 massive bosses, Robbotto offers a wide variety of content to enjoy.

• Single player or local co-op: Play through the campaign solo or with a friend in asynchronous co-op.

• PC controller support: Play with a controller or keyboard on PC.

Experience retro co-op in Robbotto, out now on PC and Nintendo Switch