Originally released in 2020 for iOS after a successful Kickstarter campaign, gamers around the world rejoiced when the beloved mobile game Ninja Chowdown finally made its way to Android in late 2021.
Which I think makes me doubly late for the boat on this boat, but now that I’ve got my hands on this wonderful runner, I’m not letting go. Much like the cake you’ll be chasing after, Ninja Chowdown for Android is fun, addictive, and sometimes even infuriating.
I guarantee you that this game will be on our list of best Android games soon.
You’ll hit the ground running as you run off the bat as protagonist Donatsu – the lovable and lovable ninja maker/cake maker. As a dedicated employee (and disciple?) of the local Doughjo, Donatsu is tasked by his master to restore the legendary Knownut after it was stolen by rival, jealous diners.
You are launched directly into the gameplay with a minimal tutorial that perfectly matches the minimal technical knowledge needed to play the game. to succeed althoug? Now this requires skill and wisdom, which will only come with time.
As with many infinite runners, Donatsu mostly stays stationary on the center left side of the screen as the world rushes past him. Left screen flicks give you jump and double jump and right screen controls kunai (super cool ninja projectile weapons).
Tapping on the right screen will guide the kunai forward in a straight line, while clicking and swiping allows you a brief moment of slow time to aim anywhere on the screen. It’s a short window of opportunity, and an unqualified kunai can often spell your doom.
The difficulty comes from challenging enemies and obstacles that you have to pass to reach the leader of each world. Enemies come at you from front, back and even the sky at once. One hit is enough to kill poor Donatsu, unless you get a temporary shield to take the hit for you. You also have to juggle these deadly villains with environmental obstacles, which will also result in one hit kill on you if you fail to avoid them or destroy them.
After dying for the first time in one round, you can choose to pay a small number of coins (the in-game currency that is precisely earned through playing or watching ads) to pick up where you left off. After the second death, though, she’s back to the start.
Amidst all this chaos, you also Eat delicious pink cupcakes to keep Donatsu’s strength and spirit alive. Eating a donut (I just ran into it) will slowly fill the donut scale and once it’s full, Donatsu will launch a super attack that allows you to play ping pong around the screen to destroy everything you touch.
Combine it all with the fast, stormy pace and for sure bangin’ chiptune soundtrack and you’ve got yourself one helluva game.
There are even a few cute extras that the developers have added just for fun, like different outfits, projectiles, and even small pets for you to buy with the coins you earn for completing levels and/or watching ads if you’re playing the free version.
None of these outfits or weapons change the gameplay at all, but it’s undoubtedly hilarious to dress up as a donut ninja version of Paul Blart Mall Cop and hunt down your enemies on the Segway alongside your trusty pet turtle while tossing mugs of hot coffee instead of kunai. Those are just good fun games out there, folks.
More importantly, there is also an infinite runner mode to keep you playing even after completing the story mode. Infinite mode offers its own sets of optional objectives and guides you through game levels and bosses in one seamless session…until you die in the end, of course.
There’s not much to complain about with Ninja Chowdown, but there are some potential pitfalls to keep in mind. First, Ninja Chowdown is a free game with ads, which is great to try. ButIf you’re like me and die every five seconds, you’ll see a flood of invalid ads, because they play every time you die. they Longvery.
It didn’t take long for me to decide on a $3.49 one-time in-app purchase of an ad-free version of the game and I’m so glad I did. This was a handful of dollars well spent.
Ninja Chowdown is also very short on actual runtime. Each food-themed world has 6 levels, including the boss, with a total of 35 levels. One level will take less than a minute to complete if you have a perfect run, so it’s likely a lot of time to die and try again. This isn’t a big hoax in my book, because I’m still drowning Abundance of time in the experiment, but this may turn off some players.
The final hurdle to consider is simply the difficulty curve. Despite the candy color palette, kid-friendly puns, and comedic atmosphere, Ninja Chowdown is pretty challenging. Sure it’s going to take some guys some practice to get a good header, but again, I don’t take this as a blow against him. It makes achieving achievements and conquering each level a real achievement.
If games like Alto’s Odyssey are profitable, then you need to To put Ninja Chowdown on your list. The game’s beautiful and fun graphics, A+ soundtrack, excellent gameplay, and playful writing all combine to create an overall stellar experience. I’m a geek and I still play almost daily, so I highly recommend this great runner to any player out there on the challenge.