Developer: Backflip Studios
Price: FREE
Version Reviewed: 1.1.0
Device Reviewed On: iPad Mini

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

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆

NinJump Rooftops has ninjas running rampant on rooftops, jumping over gaps, and fighting angry squirrels, birds, bees, pandas, and ninjas! My, oh my! Here is another endless runner that takes a lot of the basics from the genre and plays it safe.

002It’s a runner, so there is one stage that progressively gets tougher as players continue on and on, fighting enemies and leaping over gaps while avoiding deadly obstacles. It’s simple gameplay: tap to jump, tap and hold to jump higher, and tap twice to double-jump. Players collect coins as they move throughout the stage, along with tokens that can be used after the round to earn extra goodies to help enhance some of the special power-ups that they can collect.

There are also typical items like a magnet for collecting every coin, an item for growing larger, and another item for triple-jumping. These only last for a short while, but players can earn coins to purchase upgrades that allow those items to show up more often during runs and to increase how long they’re effective. NinJump Rooftops gets entertaining and interesting when dealing with enemies. It’s not just about dodging them either – it’s also about attacking them. If players attack one type of enemy three times in a row, they’ll get a special boost by that enemy type. This means that players can get a nice little stress-free ride on a squirrel, bird, bee, panda, and throwing star.

018Successfully landing on top of enemies during a jump is easily the best part of the game and what makes it enjoyable as a runner. I love attacking three ninjas in a row to get a ride on a throwing star. It’s fun, and I get to collect all the coins while going for a ride. It’s also enjoyable to see the giant panda for the first time and getting a ride from it across the level.

NinJump Rooftops is a runner, so there aren’t really any surprises here outside of some of the extra enjoyable elements that it offers with the enemies. Everything else is predictable and the same. Those who are fans of runners can surely find a way to lose hours in this title as they upgrade abilities and unlock double and triple coins.

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