Ninja Sword Review

By , on January 21, 2011

Ninja Sword
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2 out of 5


  • Slightly different twist on the regular slash titles.
  • Game Center integration for scores and achievements.


  • Repetitive gameplay; little variation.
  • Detection problems with slash direction.


Ninja Sword fails to capture the magic of something as simple as slicing objects on screen and despite some minor changes it remains bland no matter what mode you choose to play.

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HalfBrick Studios have had no shortage of developers willing to jump on the bandwagon of Fruit Ninja, but who can blame these companies when such a simple idea remains consistently addictive well after its initial release. Ninja Sword by Bunz Software Development tries its hand at the formula, adding an accuracy-based twist that adds a bit of a challenge, but fails to capture the essence of what makes this such a fun Arcade gameplay style.

Swiping on the screen will slice the boards covered with images, splitting them in one of four different directions (horizontal, vertical and on an angle) and should you encounter an image of an arrow you'll need to split it along the direction indicated to not be penalized. Bonus points are awarded for continually slicing boards without letting them drop and power-ups are available to either boost your combo score or provide a temporary ability to perfectly slice all boards on screen for a short amount of time.

The game's visuals have a very Point Blank style to them, with players being stationed in one of several basic room layouts that feature multiple sliding openings for the boards to fling out of. Also, while there are multiple modes available, they all blend in to one another, providing only minor changes by either throwing more boards at you in one go or restricting what you can and can't slash.

Pairing all of this with a bland and repetitive background tune is the final nail in the coffin that makes playing Ninja Sword almost unbearable. While it's understandable that developers want to offer some sort of alternative to an already popular title, this is one alternative that can be easily skipped.


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