Kninja

By Alec Meer on February 11th, 2008 at 4:37 pm.

Kninjering, I call it.

I didn’t ever expect to be suggesting anyone go play a game made by someone who calls themselves ‘ultim8poo’, but the chap’s apparent love of excreta hasn’t prevented him from making this excellent action-platformer.

Katakijin, the worthy fruits of one TIGSource forumite’s labours, puts jumping a distant second to killing. The look might be pure cartoon, but the fighting’s a serious business. There’s a vast array of available combos, which suit frenzied button-bashing as much as they do calculated tactics, and you’ll quickly find yourself more obsessed with chaining together hits than actually progressing – a little like The Club, but with ninjas and a sense of humour. And blood. Lots of blood. Ninja Gaiden: Black is the obvious and admitted-to touchstone, but I find Katakijin’s low-key chirpiness pleases me more.

It’s a very early demo, so forgive it a few foibles (exiting immediately to desktop when you press Escape, for instance) and go giggle at seven marvellous Megabytes of pixel-art blood.

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10 Comments »

  1. Jim Rossignol says:

    Woah, Best Game Ever!

  2. Incognito_gbg says:

    Buggiest game ever so far also. :)

    But its promising. Not many developer manages tog 2D-characters move that nice. The art and sound are magnificent.

  3. Optimaximal says:

    He just released an ‘escape fix’ version at the very forum post you link too…

  4. Alec Meer says:

    That’s for a different Escape bug, in fact.

  5. Mr Peckerston says:

    “It’s a very early demo, so forgive it a few foibles (exiting immediately to desktop when you press Escape, for instance)”

    That’s what happens when you press escape in pretty much every Japanese indie game ever made, and seeing as Katakjin draws inspiration from various Japanese titles (Ninja Gaiden, Nikujin etc) I’d be shocked if it was a bug.

  6. UncleLou says:

    Having difficulties with the controls – the default setup is unplayable for me, and it only let’s you reconfigure 4 functions when there are clearly more, so half of them got lost in the process.

  7. espy says:

    It looks great but slows down to a crawl as soon as an enemy shows up. I can play stalker fine, but this brings my pc to it’s knees. Silly really, I’d love to play it.

  8. raigan says:

    exiting when you hit “ESC” is industry standard for freeware ;)

  9. Mark says:

    Runs fine through Wine under Ubuntu, should anyone care.

  10. hodge says:

    I care – thanks :-)