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Developer: Dogbyte Games
Price: Free
Version Reviewed: 1.0
Device Reviewed On: iPod Touch 2nd Generation

Graphics / Sound Rating: ★★★½☆
Game Controls Rating: ★★★½☆
Gameplay Rating: ★★★½☆
Playtime Rating: ★★★★☆
Replay Value Rating: ★★★½☆

Overall Rating: ★★★½☆

8Bit Ninja is a 2-D dodging game that is made to look like retro video games. The game play is simple and there’s plenty of content to justify downloading this free app.

8Bit Ninja puts players in control of a blocky looking ninja. The game play involves controlling the ninja to avoid giant bouncing fruit that is launched from the side of the screen. The ninja can only move left and right, and the screen always stays stationary. Players choose 3 power-ups that periodically fall from the top of the screen. When these power-ups are picked up, they are activated. Some of the power-ups that can be chosen are additional experience points or a spinning blade that protects the ninja from fruit for a few seconds.

The currency of the game is coins and eggs. Coins and eggs both fall from the top of the screen and can be collected and spent in the in-game store. Eggs are rarer and much more valuable than coins. Power-ups, different looking ninjas, and unique backgrounds (called “Arenas) can all be purchased in the in-game store. Additional currency can be purchased with real money too.
Players gain experience points from playing, and the experience points level up the ninja’s various abilities, like his special ability and its cool down. The experience point systems gives the game a sense continuation from restart to restart and since players always receive at minimum a small amount of experience points, even failing right away isn’t a total waste of time.

The game is free and has ads. Players can purchase eggs in the game, but that isn’t really necessarily, and purchasing in-game items removes all of the ads.

8bit Ninja is a solid freemium game. It has simple controls, a cool, retro, aesthetic, and is easy to pick up and play. The in-game purchases aren’t necessary and the ads aren’t intrusive, so be sure to give it a try.

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