follow us:

Latest News

Neil Druckman reveals epilogue for The Last of Us
The Last of Us: One Night Live aired earlier today. The live performance featured the cast of the game performing certain scenes from the game. After the performance, Naughty Dog’s Neil Druckman had a special reveal for those in attendance. The reveal was an epilogue to t... [read more]
Dishonored, Motocross Maddness, Crimson Dragon and Strike Suit Zero are the Games with Gold for August
Microsoft’s Games with Gold program will have plenty to offer in August including two Xbox One games and a GOTY winner.... [read more]
The original crew from Nostromo share their thoughts on working in Alien: Isolation
Developers at Creative Assembly are hard at work in bringing the most authentic Alien video game experience from their upcoming Alien: Isolation title. A huge part of the authenticity is brought to life by the actors from the original film directed by Ridley Scott. ... [read more]

Latest Articles

When a Good Cause Gets Tainted
This June was an important month for Nintendo. Prior to them winning the hearts of gamers across the globe at E3, they were in some hot water over a game that came out just a few days before. That game, Tomodachi Life, became the center of a world of drama that was not only ... [read more]
Destiny Alpha is a delightful appetizer before the main course
Announced during the Sony E3 Press Conference, PS4 owners got their first shot to play Destiny. The Destiny Alpha only lasted a few days, but it left a big impression.... [read more]
E3 2014: Oh who are we kidding, it was all about Zelda Wii U at Nintendo's E3 Digital Event
Even though Nintendo was not producing a live press conference, they didn't spare any expense with the production value of their E3 Digital Event. ... [read more]

Latest Reviews

Titanfall Review
It's safe to say that Titanfall is the first highly-anticipated next gen (or should I say current gen) game for 2014.Developed by Respawn Entertainment, Titanfall received some huge hype at E3, and it was well deserved. Although the game is not perfect, it's heading in the r... [read more]
Conception II Review
I can honestly say that Conception II would be an incredibly awkward game to try and describe to anyone who doesn’t watch anime or play RPGs. In fact, if someone could find a socially acceptable way to describe a game where you impregnate girl’s souls using your “star ... [read more]
Outlast: Whistleblower Review
Outlast became one of my favorite survival horror games and I gave it a 9 in my review. The game, however, left me wanting for more jump scares and thus I was naturally excited to quickly dive into its story related DLC, Whistleblower. ... [read more]

Latest Videos

San Japan 7: Everything You Wanted to Know About Video Games Panel
The Original Gamer crew returned to San Japan with more panels. This panel, "Everything You Wanted to Know About Video Games," featured O.G., Joe Guerra and Victoria Sertich from 3D Generation and Brandon Alexander, co-owner of Ultra Arcade. ... [read more]
8-Bit Eric: New Super Mario Bros. U Review
8-Bit Eric finally got around to playing Super Mario Bros. U. He probably loved it, but watch the video to see why. ... [read more]
SGC 2014: We Slay Monsters Interview
You may have played a dungeon crawler before, but have you ever played a dungeon crawler where your attack is based on the poker hand your dealt? This isn't a fantasy game made by Kenny Rogers, it's We Slay Monsters from Furiously Inactive Games.... [read more]
Super House of the Dead Ninjas Review
Posted on April 06, 2013 by Luca Tosney

Based on a free online flash game developed by Megadev and published by Adult Swim Games, Super House of Dead Ninjas makes its debut on Steam. Full of retro action and platformer goodness, this version of the game has more levels, new customization options, and various extras that improve on the original flash game. Question is whether this game deserves your money or should you stick with the free version?

ANCESTOR PLEASING GOOD

Fast-Paced Fun - The tactic that immediately springs to mind while playing is to take your time, stroll through each floor, idly wave your sword at the bad guys and half-heartedly hop over a couple of spikes. This would be a solid tactic if not for the timer that you have to be keeping your eye on the whole time. If you neglect to collect the necessary upgrades that increase the timer then death himself will pay you a visit leading to a rather untimely death for you. As a man that loathes timers with a passion, I was immediately quite irritated at its inclusion. However, this mechanic makes the game as you have to sprint through each level and you realise the game is designed to be played at a very high pace. It becomes very fun and makes a game that would be very boring and repetitive, exceedingly fun and addictive.

Fiddly Floors - Each time you go through Super House of the Dead Ninjas, the layout of where the enemies will be placed and floor structure will be different each time. This means that you are never stuck with the feeling that you are actually just playing the same few floors over and over again and makes dying a tolerable experience. Not only that, but it means that the game has a certain bit of extra life to it as no matter how many times you play you will never end up with the exact same structure to deal with.

Reliably Retro - The artwork and the music are both reminiscent of games of old and because of using a tried and tested means of presentation, the final product is very satisfying to look at and listen to. The way the game is laid out before you match the way you will be playing the game. Although the scenery is good to have and pleasing to the eye, there is nothing much to stick around for and your eyes will be almost certainly on the prize.

Comfortable Lodgings - After each run you will be taken to a lodging run by a sweet old lady who will give humorous comments on your equipment and power-ups, the ones that you have and the ones you just quite haven’t gotten around to unlocking yet. Although most of the power-ups, upgrades and costumes will eventually be unlocked after you play the game for a certain amount of time, they are a welcome addition and it is good to have the option to pick the gear that matches your play style.

Level Editor - The level editor on Super House of the Dead Ninjas allow you to create your own levels and download the towers of others to play through. This is a great touch which allows you and others to customise your own experience and tailor your perfect level, or test just how good you are against the sadistic levels that other players have made.

DISHONOURABLE CONDUCT

Oh…You Again - Every enemy in the game will pretty much go down with one hit and once you realize that most of them really are not so different from each other. Aside from one or two who may run faster or flop occasionally, you really do begin to stop appreciating the enemy and you will never really be forced into making a tough decision about how to approach a situation. You run in and cut. Over and over again

Short Lifespan - The double-edged sword that comes with a fast-paced game means that the title tends to be completed rather quickly. Although there are numerous attempts to elongate its lifespan and keep you playing as mentioned throughout, one must really question just how desperate you are to sink the hours into the game just to unlock that costume that requires 10,000 kills. 




 

Super House of Dead Ninjas is a title that is very much a rush through in every aspect. The tower is designed to make you sprint, the artwork is something to be appreciated but not dwell on and the music gets your blood pumping in the way that you would like it to. In the end this frantic experience is a lot of fun in the short time you will spend with it. What the title needs is that little something extra to keep you playing especially towards the later levels. The level editor does inject a bit more playtime into your purchase but the enemies to just feel all the same and the bosses are not difficult to overcome and at most require two attempts in most cases.

After you have slayed the final boss, you do lean on your katana and wonder what to do now. But you lean with a smile on your face and a quick glace up to that almighty tower you just descended. If you love the original game, then spending the $6.99 for this version is a no-brainer. If you're not sure, go play the flash game real fast to see if it's your liking then splurge a bit on some ninja action.

*This review was based on the PC version of the game with a review code provided by the publisher.*

Luca Tosney - Staff Writer luca (@) original-gamer.com | all author's articles

What's your most anticipated game for August?

Professor Layton VS Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney
Sacred 3
Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition
Tales of Xillia 2
Madden NFL 15
Metro Redux
Disgaea 4: A Promise Revisited
View Results - View Comments

Podcast


The Iron Men of Gaming


Ninja Gaiden Review

Ninja Gaiden Black Review

Gear Review: Hauppauge 1445 HD-PVR Gaming Edition

Other Gaming News From The Web