Chop Chop Ninja

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Christopher Healy, Common Sense Media
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Fantastic action platformer; cartoony but heavy on fighting.

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Ease of Play

The intuitive tap-based controls are very easy to pick up, and while the challenge factor increases with every new level, the game never reaches a frustratingly difficult place.

Violence

A cute-looking, cartoony ninja hero battles giant samurai, giant scorpions, giant flaming skulls, and other enemies. You make the ninja attack by tapping at the enemies onscreen. Power-ups can give the ninja a fire-fist or sword that he will use for a final blow on the bad guys. Little colored "starbursts" appear when a character is hit. Defeated characters flip off the screen. Enemy archers shoot arrows that can stick in the hero (without blood).

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Consumerism

Other games in the "Chop Chop" franchise are advertised via a link on the title screen.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

One of the special prize items that can be discovered is a bottle of sake (though sake is never defined in the game and no one drinks it).

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Chop Chop Ninja is a 2-D action game with a great deal of fighting. The characters are cartoony, and defeated villains simply flip off the screen, but the frequency and intensity of the fighting is high. While most of the combat is hand-to-hand, some enemies (and occasionally the hero) will use weapons like swords and arrows.

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Is it any good?

CHOP CHOP NINJA is a mini-classic in the app gaming world, and it's easy to see why: The point-to-run, tap-to-attack controls are incredibly intuitive, making this a pick-up-and-play game for almost anyone. The characters are colorful and fun, the game has an entertaining little story and a whimsical spirit, and the levels are creatively designed with hidden extras to discover. It's a whole new way to play 2-D platformer games, and it definitely works. And though you'll be tapping like a madman to battle all those baddies, the game isn't all hack-and-slash -- there are plenty of points that require you to think strategically or puzzle out how to reach a hard-to-get area. While the adorable-ness of the characters can appeal to young kids, though, the game is definitely heavy on fighting, so make sure you check it out before passing it on to younger players.

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
  • Price: $.99
  • Release date: June 29, 2011
  • Category: Action Games
  • Size: 42.20 MB
  • Version: 1.8
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 3.0 or later

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