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Game: 10 Second Ninja X
Developer: Four Circle Interactive
Publisher: Curve Digital
Previewed On: Xbox One
(Preview code provided by publisher)
Honestly I don’t know why this keeps happening. I know I keep banging on about it but lately, I have somehow obtained this insane ability to review games that make me want to smash my poor little head off the wall. I say that like it’s a bad thing, when really I mean smashing my head off the wall in a good way. Let me explain myself – I mean those games that you play that make you rage, but are so good that you can’t stop playing until you push passed the cause of your lack of progression, only to encounter something else (usually more difficult than the last) that makes you rage even harder. It’s a vicious, painful cycle and 10 Second Ninja X is one of those games.
This game is so much more than just a rage simulator; it’s an extremely fast paced, action packed, hardcore indie sidescroller that has ninjas, robots and a dastardly Doctor Robotnik-esque villain called Captain Greatbeard. Told through the use of dark humor and some beautiful crafted cut scenes, the story unfolds and Greatbeard has kidnapped you and trapped your beloved forest friends (and as I am writing this, it’s just hit me…) inside his robot drones. How “whack-job” mental is that? It’s your job to prove to Greatbeard that your particular set of ninja skills make you deadlier than Liam Neeson and faster than a combination of The Flash and Usain Bolt by traversing through each of the levels killing his robot minions within 10 seconds.
You’ll learn pretty much instantly that you need to savor every millisecond that ticks by because every move you make counts towards your end score and amount of stars you earn. 3 stars being the most and 1 being the least. The faster your time, the more stars you earn and the more stars you earn, the closer you get to kicking Greatbeards arse into oblivion and saving your forest friends. If you have ever played Super Meat Boy, then you’ll understand Ten Second Ninja X’s addictiveness to be better and faster than you’re previous time and previous run. I spent a total of 19 minutes trying to place second on the leaderboard as first was just impossible – and bear in mind, those 19 minutes were in 10 second intervals or less.
After some research and trial & error, I found that there is only one correct way to complete each level in the fastest time possible. Obviously with that being said, this doesn’t necessarily mean that you’ll beat your own personal time, every time… as you have to account for the amount of times that your shuriken miss/run out in general, you misjudge a jump and throw yourself down a hole or just run out of time and have to restart. 10 Second Ninja X is an awesome game though and if you’re smart then you’ll use the in game “camera mode ” to preview the level then you really can’t go wrong.
Take a look at the video below for a brief overview of what 10 Second Ninja X is;