Silent Swords Zero Review
- Lots of control options.
- Elegant puzzle designs, blending action with stealth.
- New weapons that add to the puzzle's depth.
- Ninja still feels a bit sluggish.
- Jumping can be hard to master.
Silent Swords ZERO isn't your typical platformer, but unlike regular stealth platformers the Little Black ninja packs a punch, making this a great (if mature) title to enjoy.
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It's surprising that the stealth-platformer has always seemed to sit on the back bench for a lot of gamers. While twitchy platformers can be fun, Silent Swords ZERO manages to slows things down turning small levels in to big challenges that are rewarding to eventually conquer.
Little has changed for ZERO, with the controls being as open as the original. Movement is performed by default with a slide bar to keep your speed in check, but variations are available including rhythm-based tapping to determine your speed or holding down. The iPhone can be twitched or touched depending on your controls to jump. Despite being a 'prequel', the little ninja has added a couple new weapons to his arsenal including: a sleeping dart that operates like the throwing star, using a swipe to aim and throw; and a smoke bomb to instantly teleport to a new location. A final touch to add to the controls is the addition of snow that can be used as cover even when illuminated.
Despite being so stealth oriented, ZERO isn't averse to moments of straight action so there's a little bit for twitch gamers to enjoy as well. Splashes of color keep the game from being another bland attempt at being 'mature' and blends semi-realistic backgrounds with broad cartoonish foreground characters similar to the first game in the series.
If you loved the original, ZERO is a no-brainer purchase, but new comers will find a solid stealthy platformer that's great fun to beat.
DescriptionSilent Swords is a fun ninja stealth action game for your iPhone and iPod touch! Help the Little Black Ninja sneak his way through dangerous levels to collect all the legendary crystals and unleash the true power of the Silent Swords.
--- FEATURES ---
• True stealth ninja action at your fingertips!
• Avoid the lights and become invisible in the shadows
• Wide selection of controls
• Dispatch nearby enemies using gesture-driven sword attacks
• Throw shurikens and poisonous darts to knock down enemies before they notice you
• Use your environment for camouflage
• A trilling story told through beautifully drawn comic book pages
• Extra levels to unlock once you finish the main quest. More levels to come in future updates!
• OpenFeint achievements
--- WHAT'S NEW FOR FANS OF THE ORIGINAL SILENT SWORDS ---
• Learn more about the story behind the Silent Swords and the Little Black Ninja
• 25 new story levels across 3 different settings: the dangerous underground mines, the freezing snow-covered mountains and the mysterious temple ruins.
• Extra levels to unlock once you finish the main quest
• New weapons! Throw darts to put your enemies to sleep, use smoke bombs to teleport anywhere in the blink of an eye!
• New enemies! The military have employed civilians to aid them in their endeavors. Be careful, the ninja’s honor code forbids the slaughter of innocent souls.
• New stealth moves! In snowy levels you can hide under the snow to go unnoticed even in lit areas.
--- WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ---
"BUY - Fans of Silent Swords and the little ninja will be thrilled for more of the game and newcomers will experience a wonderful new world playing Silent Swords Zero. This game is highly recommended and will give you tons of enjoyment." (NoDPad.com)
"KISS IT - Silent Swords Zero makes for a fun and enjoyable stealth game – especially true if you liked the first. Totally worth your hard-earned $2.99." (TouchMyApps.com)
"Silent Swords Zero improves much from the original, and it's a stealth based game that's definitely worth its $2.99 price tag." (Jeff Yue, Reviews Writer)
"★★★★★ - This game is spectacular!! Answers many of my questions from the first game!! A must have for fans of Splinter Cell and other stealth based games." (skate4yalife, iTunes review)