Sep 24 AT 10:12 AM Anthony Domanico 9 Comments

Ninja Stick Warrior brings “Pick-Up-Sticks” game to life on Android

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.

Final Verdict

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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Carrie Dils, Marketing Ninja
Burrdoodle Software
[email protected] or 817-715-1471

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 More information on the game can be found online at

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


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  • elijahblake

    so when you buy a game in the android market for whatever price.. Then you upgrade (whiping your phone clean) can you download the game again for free or how does that work?

    • lee.jarratt

      Yes you can re-download games/apps purchased through the Android Market as they are synced to your Google Account.. I did a factory reset on my Galaxy S and was able to download all my paid apps/games again :)

      • elijahblake

        ok cool.. just making sure.. I’m going to purchasing the Galaxy S soon and wanted to make sure how that works..

        So i’m going to be buying the Galaxy S from Cellular South (Regional Carrier) they also have the Desire available NOW, but I’m really drooling over the 4″ Super AMOLED screen and DLNA, wifi N, etc.. But i keep hearing all the bad GPS issues with the Galaxy.

        What’s your recommendation?

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          Desire is better than any galaxy s phone and I have an Evo

          • http://Website Hans

            I believe the Galaxy S is one of the best smartphones out there at the moment. But, to each their own.

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          For the record, they fixed the GPS issue last week with a software patch.

          • SGB101

            the desire is a better phone to use, as the sense ui is excellent where as the touch wiz on the galaxy s, is wowfill.

            the specs are better on the galaxy s, but the ui lets it down and it feels really cheap compared to the desire.

            and yes iv got the desire, but i also have the Galaxy s, but if it was me today i woudnt get a new phone, id wait for the next gen duel cores, as the latest phones are coming to the end of this tech cycle and both these phones are going to look pretty poor come xmas.

            dont get me wrong tho, they are both excellent devices, but will just be yesterdays new very soon.

  • http://Website Nick

    To be honest this game needs a much better interface. Now that high quality games are starting to finally show up on Android, you need apps to look good as well as have great gameplay.

    • ExtremeT

      Absolutely agree. Developers are going to have to start really putting some work into their games if they want to succeed and compete with all the high quality games that are coming out.

      A lot of these developers, not this one in particular but in general, are going to have to stop with releasing cookie-cutter games with mediocre interfaces, gameplay or generally bad J2ME game ports.