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What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Ease of Play
This is a game of quick-thinking and quick-tapping. All you need to do is climb, jumping from one tree to the other when obstacles appear in your path.
Violence & Scariness
As your "wee ninja" climbs trees, there are many obstacles that can make him fall -- slime, fireballs, flying demons, etc. When he falls, he begins to plummet, but is immediately caught by his sensei in a hot air balloon. Demons and monsters are designed to look cute, not scary.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that NINJATOWN: TREES OF DOOM is, despite being a ninja game, a cute old-school arcade game with little in the way of violence. It's about climbing trees (even if those trees contain monsters and other hazards). The main thing parents need to be aware of is the game's optional connection to the Plus+ online community. Be aware that if kids sign up for Plus+, they will be able to send and receive messages from people they've friended through that community.
Is It Any Good?
Many mobile game apps are one-trick ponies, and Ninjatown: Trees of Doom appears that way on the surface. It's just about climbing trees and seeing how high you can get before hitting and obstacle and falling. But there enough variety among those obstacles to always keep you on your toes. As you try to avoid monsters, slime, and bald spots, you hop back and forth between trees, bounce off mushrooms, swing from branches, leap to grab power-ups, and so on. It's classic arcade-style gameplay with appealingly cute characters (and that even goes for the monsters).
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