In January 2017, Dong Nguyen, the creator of the immensely popular mobile game Flappy Bird, released a new mobile game in partnership with Obokaidem called Ninja Spinki. This game is available on both Android and iOS devices. The theme of Ninja Spinki is ninjas versus cats, lending it a silly feel.
People who have tried it already said in reviews that it can be just as frustrating or challenging as Flappy Bird.
Brief Explanation of How to Play the New Mobile Game Ninja Spinki
Ninja Spinki retained some of Flappy Bird’s most effective features while also offering something fresh. This mobile game is more difficult and complex but still features a simplistic gameplay. The main character is a cute bug-eyed ninja with ears similar to Mickey Mouse.
The goal is to avoid certain objects, such as giant cat heads and bounding fruit. If the player accidentally runs into bounding fruit, the fruit evokes Fruit Ninja. Similarly, if you’re hit with a giant cat head, Neko Atsume is triggered. Fruit Ninja and Neko Atsume are mortal enemies of your ninja.
Ninja Spinki features six different mini-games, each with its own mechanics and opponents. This will help keep you engaged in the game as you work to figure out which strategies will work best based on the new gameplay and enemies. The mechanics often involve a lot of tapping and swiping, one of its elements from Flappy Bird.
Another feature of Ninja Spinki that’s consistent with Flappy Bird is it starts off easy but gradually increases in difficulty until it feels impossible. The game has two modes to choose from: levels and endless. Endless gameplay is great for challenging yourself, whereas the first gives you a satisfied feeling each time you level up.
More Background on Ninja Spinki
Flappy Bird had simplistic gameplay and 8-bit graphics, but its charms still won over many mobile gamers. If you saw someone tapping their phone frantically, they were likely trying to avoid crashing into pipes in Flappy Bird. Its aesthetics were similar to the graphic style of Mario, a classic Nintendo game that people still enjoy playing today.
Ninja Spinki follows in its footsteps with similar aesthetics and simple gameplay. Each mini-game in Ninja Spinki has five unlockable levels. You unlock a level by evading all obstacles before the time is up. It is free to play like Flappy Bird but you’ll have to watch ads every so often.
Nguyen teamed up with Obokaidem from Japan to develop this side-scrolling mobile game. Ninja Spinki is geared at mobile gamers who like playing frustrating games. The ninja character used for the app was actually introduced in Swing Copters, another mobile game created by Nguyen.
According to VentureBeat, Obokaidem encouraged him to create this new game, which is Nguyen’s eighth title. He had to redesign Ninja Spinki seven times before they were satisfied with the finished project. It took a year and a half for them to finish creating the mobile game.
Ninja Spinki was supposed to debut in December 2016, but Obokaidem and Nguyen delayed it because of pirate versions flooding the market. After dealing with the problem, they officially launched it in January 2017.
The game has received mostly positive reviews so far with an average star rating of 4.6/5 on Google Play and 4.4/5 on the iTunes app store. Brett Labach wrote in a review on Google Play:
“Thought it was a cakewalk until the third set of challenges. Ninja can’t be naive…”
Ninja Spinki was a successful mobile game collaboration between Nguyen and Obokaidem, two well-known names in the industry. This game has several similarities to Flappy Bird, such as the increasing difficulty to almost impossible, frantic tapping of the phone screen, and a frustrating nature. The two games are different enough to keep a Flappy Bird fan engaged and challenged.