Despite the article title there is zero kicking in this game. Only ninja stars. Lots and lots of ninja stars. It is very frightening though. And fairly confusing.
My first impression while playing this game was “I have no idea what is going on here.” After putting a solid 30 minutes into it I still have no idea what is really happening. Why do I lose? What is actually causing me to lose this game? Is it the spooky confused blob question mark ghosts? Or does it have something to do with my ninja star hockey puck? No one really knows, that’s the mystery. But I’ll do my best to explain.
So you are a ninja. I think. You throw lots of ninja stars (or shurikens if we are being proper), so you at least have some sort of ninja training. To throw them you hold down the hockey puck looking button with a ninja star. Holding it down throws lots of stars. If you move your finger to the right or left it adjusts your aim. There are four directions to face, hit the arrows on the bottom to change direction.
Why are you throwing ninja stars? Well, there are some weird blob like ghosts(?) that are getting all up in your business and the only way to get rid of them is by shooting them with ninja stars. Yes, that is right, kill ghosts with ninja stars. Sounds like a foolproof plan. If you don’t kill them it’s game over, I think. I haven’t quite been able to figure out what actually causes a game over. I made it to stage 4 once but I’m still not sure why.
So those are the controls and our best attempt at understanding the objective. What about the rest of the game? Well, the graphics are… interesting. It’s got an old school NES vibe but the two color tone contributes to the confusing theme of the entire game. The oriental them music is nice and calming. There are some ads but in this case they are actually a bit of a nice break from the game which I still don’t fully understand.
Overall Score: 1/5