Ninja Stick Warrior is a new game developed by start-up Burrdoodle Software that was released in the Android market this week for $0.99. Burrdoodle software made it very clear with their press release that they have gone all-in with Android, choosing to only develop for the Android platform and even attending the Big Android BBQ next week in Austin.
Ninja Stick Warrior challenges users to carefully take their opponent’s sticks (or bokutos) in the correct order before either you pick sticks incorrectly three times or the timer runs out. There are three progressively challenging levels: novice, expert, and master. As you advance through the levels, you will be met with a greater number of sticks and more deceptive maneuvers by the opponent to trick you into selecting the wrong stick.
Gameplay is pretty simple; you can either tap on the stick on your screen or use the on-screen buttons to remove all of the sticks before the time runs out. Though this task sounds easy enough, it’s deceptively challenging especially in master mode. If you’re going into this game expecting to always win, you’re going to be dead wrong.
There are, however, a few nagging issues with Ninja Stick Warrior that you should consider before you decide to fork over the $0.99 to buy the game. First, other than continually challenging yourself to do better than your previous score, Ninja Stick Warrior is seriously lacking in the replay value department. I find it very difficult to spend money on any paid application that I’m not likely to be using a week later. Even after just a few hours, I found myself going back to games like Mini Squadron that offer more depth for the buck.
Secondly, for a paid application, the game is a very basic version of pick-up-sticks. The graphics aren’t anything to write home about, and the sounds are somewhat annoying (I turned on silent mode after two games with sound).
- The game is challenging, especially in the harder modes.
- Easy to pick up and play a quick game.
- There isn’t a lot of depth to the game, which seriously diminishes replay value.
- Sounds are fairly annoying, as any co-worker of mine today would attest.
As much as it pains me to say it, as any company that goes all-in with Android is alright in my book and should be encouraged to continue developing for Android, I simply don’t think Ninja Stick Warrior is worth the $0.99 asking price. Yes, it’s a fun game to play around with for a little bit, but it quickly gets old.
Ninja Stick Warrior is available for $0.99 in the Android Market for 1.6+ devices.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 22, 2010
Ninja Stick Warrior is now on the loose!
Burrdoodle Software Releases Ninja Stick Warrior For The Android Platform
Fort Worth, Texas (September 22, 2010) — Fort Worth-based Burrdoodle Software announced today the release of Ninja Stick Warrior for the Android platform. This challenging, brain-puzzling game invites you to become a Ninja Stick Warrior by successfully, and swiftly, taking your enemy’s stockpile of Ninja stick weaponry.
A shift in focus by developers to the Android operating system can be attributed to the spirit of open architectures that drove the dominance of the PC architecture in the 1980s. It swept Apple’s proprietary model out of popularity at the time and history appears to be repeating itself in the smartphone market.
“Burrdoodle represents a new era of mobile application companies moving quickly into the Android market. By delivering Ninja Stick Warrior now, we are positioned to grow along with fast-selling handset devices,” said Ronnie Ward, Chief Technology Droid, Burrdoodle Software. “Our vision is to leverage the market understanding we gain with Ninja Stick Warrior to develop unique applications that have an opportunity to scale as the market grows.”
Google CEO Eric Schmidt says 200,000 Android devices are activated every day. Android is on its way to becoming a mass-market technology with many manufacturers planning to offer Android phones, bringing the technology into the hands of mainstream users. According to research firm Gartner, “Google’s Android smartphone operating system will in a single year have leapfrogged competitors like Apple’s iPhone, and by 2014 will challenge Nokia to become the world’s most popular mobile operating system.”
“Developing for the android platform is reminiscent of developing for the web 10 years ago. There’s buzz, mystery, and excitement; anybody who has the inclination to learn can throw their hat into the ring,” said Carrie Dils, CEO and Marketing Ninja, Burrdoodle Software. “Participation is wide open, whether it be in app development, knowledge distribution, or even secondary products for handsets. I’m incredibly excited to join in this technology movement!”
Ninja Stick Warrior is a challenge of both physical and mental skills. Players advance by seizing the enemy’s weapons from the playing field in the fastest time, games typically last less than 30 seconds. But simple it is not! These colorful bos, or sticks, must be removed in strict top-to-bottom order. This simple sounding task requires performances of mental skill, finger dexterity and speed to successfully complete each increasingly difficult level. Only the most elite fighter may attain the title, Ninja Stick Warrior!
Suitable for players of all ages, Ninja Stick Warrior features:
- Multiple skill levels — novice, expert and master
- Martial arts sound effects and icons
- Realistic, multi-colored bos, or sticks, easily accessed through Android’s touch interface or on-screen buttons
- On-screen instructions and hints
Ninja Stick Warrior supports HVGA and WVA screen resolutions in portrait and landscape modes, and is available for Android 1.6 and above at the Android Market for only .99¢. Purchase the full version at www.android.com/market/. More information on the game can be found online at www.ninjastickwarrior.com.
Founded in 2010 with a mission to develop and design the best mobile market software, Burrdoodle Software is passionate about exploring the emerging world of mobile technologies, specifically those for the Android platform. For more information, please visit http://burrdoodle.com/.