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Milestone Alert - Shadow Fight 2 has Surpassed 35 Million Downloads

Posted by Jessica Fisher on October 7th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Shadow Fight 2, by Nekki, is the popular sequel to Facebook-based game, Shadow Fight. Nekki reports that Shadow Fight 2 has reached the #1 position on the App Store and has received 35 million downloads to date over various platforms. The game combines RPG elements with martial arts action as you send your ninja against skilled fighters, demon bosses, and eventually try to close the Gate of Shadows.

“We are thrilled to see such an enthusiastic reception for Shadow Fight 2, allowing us to reach 35 million downloads in under four months,” said Nekki Co-founder and CEO Dmitry Terekhin. “Our goal is to always create games that we want to play, and we know we’ve gotten it right when our community of loyal and vocal fans use the power of word-of-mouth to propel our games to the top of the charts.”

Shadow Fight 2 is available for free on the App Store.

Fly High with Ninja UP! Now Available on the App Store

Posted by Jessica Fisher on July 22nd, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Ninja Up by Gameloft has bounced its way into the App Store.

Players control a little ninja with amazing ninja jumping skills, and to help the ninja ascend to the heavens, they must draw lines for him to spring off of. He must avoid obstacles, ufo's, and other ninja as he ascends.

Truly ambitious ninja can fling themselves all the way to the moon, so bring shame upon your friend's ninja by jumping higher than them.

You can find Ninja Up on the App Store now, for free.

148Apps 2013 wrAPP-Up - Happy New Year's Resolution: Fitness Apps for All!

Posted by Stacy Barnes on December 31st, 2013

Twas the week before New Year’s and all through the land, no humans were eager for the diet they planned (Deep sigh). It’s the same story every year: not long after the ball drops in Times Square and the champagne runs out, people all over the world face the dreaded New Year’s Resolution. After all the eggnog, fudge, and candy canes, it’s no surprise that losing weight and getting fit tops the list. And these days there are a plethora of digital goodies out there making anyone’s quest for fitness that much easier. Many of these apps even throw the motivation and inspiration in for free. In other words, you’re running out of excuses. You can thank me later.

So, Happy New Year! Here are some resolutions to those resolution blues.

Workout (7 Minute Body Fitness Exercise)

No time or money to join a gym? This app's for you. Choose “Matt” (McConaughey-like), “Arnold” (Schwarzeneggerish), or “Kate” as your trainer and off you go! It’s just a 7 minute workout - 30 seconds for each exercise, with 10 seconds to transition. Warm up with jumping jacks, followed by the wall sit, some push-ups, abdominal crunches, and so on. The 8-bit trainer graphic demonstrates each move to some pretty funky music (fortunately, with one simple tap the music goes away). Bonus - the app will even log workouts to your calendar. And if 7 minutes just isn’t enough, hit repeat and do it again!

Ninja Wrath Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Rob Rich on May 16th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: I AM NINJA
It may not look like it at first glance, but Ninja Wrath is actually one incredibly slick iOS action game.
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Banzai Blade Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By David Rabinowitz on February 4th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: RUNNING NINJA
Banzai Blade is a casual infinite runner that is less about running and more about slashing.
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Ninja, Inc. Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Rob Rich on January 24th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: WE ARE NINJA
This ninja tower-builder with a healthy dose of zombie-slaying feels a little loose at times, but it can be surprisingly tough to step away from.
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App Update: Fire Escapes Adds Ninja Babies, Game Center Achievements, and More

Posted by Rob LeFebvre on October 2nd, 2012
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: SAVE THE BABIES :: Read Review »

We gave 3.5 stars to Fire Escapes, the baby-saving game from developer headRUSH. It's been updated to include new babies (Ninja baby!), achievements, new controls and more. Check the full list below.

What's new in 1.1?
There's a new baby on the block! Be on the lookout - he's dressed in Green.
Just when you think you got them beat, the Ninjas learn some new moves.
Game Center Achievements? Got 'em. Try and get Tilt Hero.
We hear you that tap controls are the way to play and so we made them the default for new players.
Tilt sensitivity has been improved for those with a steady hand.
We also updated the help screen to let you know that you can toggle between control types in the Options menu.

App Update: Massive Doodle Jump Update Brings Ninjas

Posted by Jeff Scott on August 23rd, 2012
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: RECOMMENDED :: Read Review »

Doodle Jump, one of the original smash hits on the iPhone has just seen it's largest update ever. This update brings a whole new Ninja theme to the game.

If you haven't played in a while, this might be a good time to give it another shot.

Banzai Blade Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Rob Rich on June 26th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: RUNNING NINJA
This finger-swiping screen-slasher seemingly never runs out of reasons to be played.
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Fat Kid Ninja Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By David Rabinowitz on May 17th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: FIGHT THE VEGETABLES
Fat Kid Ninja is a casual game in which players defend themselves from evil attacking vegetables.
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8bit Ninja Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By David Rabinowitz on April 6th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: DODGE THE FRUIT
8Bit Ninja is a simple, easy to learn, and free 2-D side scrolling dodging game. There's also a meta-game that involves gaining experience points and leveling up.
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Shadow ZIN: Ninja Boy Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jason Wadsworth on April 3rd, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: NINJA KICKS
Sneak, slink, and crawl through traps as this student trains to be a real ninja.
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Dojo Madness Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jason Wadsworth on February 15th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: FURRY FIST OF FURY
This ninja raccoon has to stay on his toes if he wants to survive the 360 degree onslaught of enemies.
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Shawnimals Gives iOS Users Their Own Custom Ninja Creation Tools via Ninjatown Ninja Builder

Posted by Rob Rich on January 5th, 2012

It all started with a clever design and lots and lots of felt. After that initial success, Shawnimals grew into a fairly notable "indie" brand. This soon lead to a Nintendo DS game, followed by another on iOS. After all this activity, it's a wonder no one thought to make a custom ninja creation app. Well, until now anyway.

And Ninjatown Ninja Builder does just that. It incorporates elements from the classic and very recognizable Shawnimals style and lets users go nuts. Moods, body styles, backgrounds, clothing, colors and accessories can all be fiddled with in order to craft that perfect shadow warrior representation. Or just to make a goofy looking ninja. Whatever they're in the mood for, really.

In addition to the new app, Shawnimals and Venan have also released an update for Ninjatown: Trees of Doom!. Perhaps the app was made to celebrate the update, or perhaps it's the other way around. Or maybe it's just a coincidence. No matter the reason, owners of the iOS platformer can now enjoy a winter theme as well as new mountain and zombie ninja avatars.

Really though, Ninjatown Ninja Builder is what we're talking about here. And it's available on the App Store right now, ready to scratch that adorable ninja-making itch. The basic app is totally free, with two (thus far) additional content packs priced at $0.99 each.

Ninja Throw Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Jason Wadsworth on November 15th, 2011
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: FUN STAR FLINGING
Throw some ninja stars around in this simple puzzle game.
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