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Review: Ninja Chicken
Shayon Pal, Hindustan Times
New Delhi, April 23, 2012
First Published: 12:36 IST(23/4/2012)
Last Updated: 14:38 IST(23/4/2012)
Funky Chicken
The Funky Chicken that Thought He Was a Ninja; that kind of says it all. This is a game about a chicken that suffers an accident and leaves him believing he is a ninja. According to the game description, he has a form of chicken dementia. Of course, all the other chickens know the truth. Apparently, the embarrassment is too much for a chicken to take. Our hero goes through a series of challenges in an attempt to prove his colleagues wrong. They say he is not a ninja but he says that not only is he a ninja, but he is the best ninja in the whole world.

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Let’s take a closer look at this arcade game available for Android platforms.

Game Specifics
The Ninja Chicken game is a product of MoMinis; a company that markets themselves as a development and distribution business. Their main focus is cross-platform mobile content, which includes a studio that allows you to develop your own games.

Ninja Chicken is an arcade style game reminiscent of Mario Brothers. The game consists of different levels and challenges that all work to help the chicken prove he is the best ninja in the world. MoMinis offers Ninja Chicken for download free of charge.

Game Play
Currently, there are 30 levels that you and the chicken must tackle. Game play is pretty basic. There are two buttons at the bottom of the game screen, one up arrow and one down arrow. The chicken runs along an obstacle course full of acorns, hay bales and coins. As your ninja runs, you tap one of the arrows to make him jump, and the other to duck, in order to accumulate a variety of treasures. You earn points by catching coins, acorns and laying eggs. The chicken loses a life when he fails to fight off attackers, like the dog who is determined to rid the field of chickens.

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The Ninja Chicken has goals he must accomplish in order to prove his prowess as a ninja. You advance to the next level by completing the run through the field, collecting treasure and laying eggs along the way. You must complete the obstacles on each level to reach the end of the field. You prove the chicken is a Ninja by completing each challenge.

The Pros
The game has really nice graphics and sound quality. The chicken makes some interesting noises as he makes his way through each field such as yelling “Ninja” when he dies. Plus, you play for free. Free games are not always of this quality. This is a lot to be said for a game that’s still in the development stage. Ninja Chicken adds more obstacles and challenges with each version.

The Cons
Ninja Chicken can be a little glitchy at times. The game is still a work-in-progress. The developers are fixing bugs as they come up, but they don’t ever fully hinder the game. Really, this is a minor drawback in a free game.

Overall Impression
This game may well be the next Angry Birds, once MoMinis get done improving on the original design. It has the same basic feel to it as Angry Birds. The animations and graphics are well done. Ninja Chicken does not look or feel cheap, which can be a problem with free games. The detail in the background of the fields alone is worth seeing.
Game play is a bit basic but not everyone wants to work that hard at a game. The obstacles on each level are challenging but not impossible to accomplish. By the end of play, you develop an attachment to that poor chicken and his need to prove himself. If you are looking for a light, easy game that doesn’t put a dent in your bank account, then Ninja Chicken is worth a try.

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