Developer: Backflip Studios
Price: $0.99
Version Reviewed: 1.0

Graphics / Sound Rating: ★★★★½
Game Controls Rating: ★★★★½
Gameplay Rating: ★★★★☆

Re-use / Replay Value Rating: ★★★★½

Overall Rating: ★★★★½

Ninjump Deluxe is a sequel of sorts to the regular Ninjump. Like its predecessor, Ninjump is a fast-paced game where the goal is to run as high as possible. It’s a very fun title: the graphics are sharp and snappy, the controls are spot-on, and the quick pace of the game almost makes you feel like a real ninja. Ninjump Deluxe gets a lot right, including that ever-elusive “one more play!” factor.

Let’s rewind a moment. Ninjump Deluxe places you in control of a fleet-footed ninja. Depending on which level you chose, you’ll be running through a jungle, a pirate-themed seascape, or a cityscape. Your ninja will dash upwards at a breakneck pace, and you’re trying to run as high as possible.

There’s a “wall” on each side of the screen, which your ninja runs along; the middle is a yawning gap, which may be filled with the randomly-generated obstacles. These range from other ninja who, perched on the wall, will toss metal star-shaped discs at you; to irate birds who will try to dive-bomb you. The obstacles vary based on the level, so the ninja stars are exclusive to the “Classic” ninja level, while sea monsters are the domain of the pirate level.

Your controls are very limited: tap to jump! When you jump, your ninja will hurl himself acros the gap and onto the opposite wall. While in the air, he’ll also take out any flying obstacles (ninja stars, birds, etc), though be careful not to land on something else. Death comes instantly if you make a mistake. Meanwhile, if you destroy three obstacles of the same kind in a row, you’ll get a turbo boost that sends your ninja rocketing upward.

Ninjump Deluxe includes Game Center integration for leaderboards, though it doesn’t include achievements. You can also share your scores via Facebook, Twitter, or email. Other than that, the game doesn’t come with many bells or whistles. In fact, it’s almost identical to the original (and free) Ninjump, so if you want a taste, be sure to check out that one. Still, Ninjump doesn’t need to be complicated to be a great game. Instead, it relies on the sheer fun inherent in racing up and up and up, and packages it into one fast-paced, well-designed game. Backflip Studios has done it again!

Grab Ninjump Deluxe in the App Store for just $0.99.

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