Urban Ninja

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Jonathan H. Liu, Common Sense Media
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Challenging combo of arcade game and puzzle game.

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Ease of Play

The first few levels of Urban Ninja are tutorial-style with instructions. There is also a "trainer" mode that allows you to play levels that haven't been unlocked yet, and handicap the level by making enemies harmless or adjusting the amount of energy used per jump.


There are non-human enemies the ninja must avoid; on contact, the ninja flashes and loses energy. If he runs out of energy, he falls off the screen. There isn't any gore or actual fighting.


The "More Games" button on the main menu and a number of buttons on the options screen take the player to Donut Games' website, which advertises other games.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Urban Ninja is an arcade-like puzzle game that requires both strategy and dexterity. There is a little bit of cartoon violence involved, but no gore or fighting. There are also several ways to access Donut Games' website from within the app, but there isn't any commercialism in the actual gameplay.

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Kid, 11 years old December 30, 2013

Fun and easy

This is an addicting game for most ages. Not much violence. Fun addicting game.

Is it any good?

URBAN NINJA is a combination of a platform arcade game and a puzzle game. You control Francois the ninja as he jumps around, collects stars, and makes his way to the helicopter waiting for him somewhere on the level. The more stars you collect, the higher your score, but you also need stars for energy, which is used with each jump. The puzzle aspect comes in trying to maximize your score while minimizing the number of jumps it takes. The graphics are very well done: Francois leaps, slides down poles, and hangs from ropes. The app includes 40 levels, and each level awards from one to three stars based on your score -- the three-star score is very challenging and requires an almost-perfect game. The "trainer" mode is great, because it allows you to practice levels without danger from enemies and even lets you try out levels you haven't unlocked yet. However, you don't get scores for completing levels in training mode. Overall, Urban Ninja is an entertaining game that, despite its cartoony appearance, provides some genuine challenges.

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
  • Price: $0.99
  • Release date: October 1, 2010
  • Category: Puzzle Games
  • Publisher: Donut Games
  • Version: 1.00
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 2.2.1 or later.
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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