Ninja Senki DX

Game review by
David Wolinsky, Common Sense Media
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Challenging retro action with mild violence, short levels.

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The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

A story of revenge carried out against a demon who killed a princess. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Really no characters with depth. On-screen characters are trying to kill, hurt each other. 

Ease of Play

Easy to control, tough to master.

Violence & Scariness

Cartoony flinging of projectiles such as fireballs, ninja stars, but no blood, gore. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Ninja Senki DX is a downloadable action game that's a throwback to older titles you'd find on the Nintendo Entertainment System or even in the arcades. While it's easy to learn how to play the game, its extremely challenging, visually simplistic, and demanding controls and level layouts will keep players on their toes. Players will need extreme patience, finesse, and determination to make it through. While violence is cartoonish, with fireballs and ninja stars, there's no blood or gore.

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What's it about?

In NINJA SENKI DX, after witnessing Princess Kinuhime's demise at the hands of a demon, Hayate vows to get revenge for her death and sets out on a quest to defeat it. The action is set up like an old-school game, so expect lots of running, jumping, and slinging of ninja stars. There also isn't a lot really going on in the story, but the point is to grab collectibles and vanquish enemies until the game ends.

Is it any good?

So many titles are actually old-school games and so many trying to be like old-school games that it makes it hard to say this actioner is the most interesting or even latest wrinkle on this sort of play. What it certainly has going for it is challenge and a tight distillation of what these sorts of games are and were. Levels aren't all that long but are short and tough enough to remind you how frustrating -- in a good way -- these old action-platformer games are. Your main goal is to run and jump and make it to the end, but there are extra challenges and the promise of better rewards (a different ending) if you kill every enemy and collect every coin in every stage. Those aren't requirements but ways to extend the shelf life.

All that hinges on whether you like what's at the core. You can tell from the screenshots exactly what to expect, so if you're enthused at reliving and replaying some classic gameplay, this is for you. If you're looking for something a little more in depth and a bit different, you might pass it up. Then again, there's a reason the developer's name is Tribute Games -- it's a company that likes to pay homage to the yesteryear of gaming. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about revenge. Why do people think retaliation is a reasonable course of action? 

  • Why would someone play a "worse-looking" video game or buy a seemingly inferior product? Are there ways in which simpler things might be "better"? Or are they just different?

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