Ninja Reflex: Steamworks Edition
|a game by
|Sanzaru Games Inc.
|9.0/10 - 2 votes
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|Puzzle Games, Board Games
When The Valve offices came to a halt for the casual majesty of Peggie, the result was Peggie Extreme, an Orange Box branded set of bonus levels. We're guessing the Seattle HQ has become similarly taken with Ninja Reflex, because the Steamworks Edition is littered with Companion Cubes and headcrabs. You can almost see why. Almost.
Ninja Reflex is Brain Training for your hand. There are six trials, each with different mouse-based motor skills. In Shuriken, you click to lock on and move the mouse to throw, Koi has you tracing fish movements, and in Hashi you'll also catch flies with chopsticks. They all work well too, with some reservations about the figure-of-eight movement used in Nunchuck.
By the time you reach Green Belt, all 36 minigames are unlocked, with six slight variations on each of the six weapons that are really far too similar to call new games. After that, the progress to Level 3 Black Belt is just a matter of ratcheting up the difficulty. At the very hardest stages, some games feel more like luck than reflexes. But then, I said that about those Shaolin Monks. Fluky bastards. A crippling absence in the multiplayer is online play. In a state-of-the-art framework where you can join your mate's server in a single click, it's baffling that Ninja Reflex expects four people to huddle around one monitor. At a fiver, this is a interesting, stylish, simple diversion. Just don't expect to be doing backflips once you're done.