Ninjatown is one of the few tower defence games available on the Nintendo DS and was released in late 2008. The game has a number of unique elements and while designed for a younger audience it still is an option for older gamers wanting some strategy based gameplay.
The game takes place in the once peaceful town of Ninjatown which oddly enough is populated by ninjas. After a powerful volcanic explosion opens up a hole in the world Ninjatown is invaded by a number of demons led by Mr. Demon who wants to take over their town.
Gameplay is a standard tower defence affair with players preventing the minions of Mr. Demon from passing from one side of the screen to another by using various ninjas at their disposal. These demons will travel on a predetermined path which allows players to create defences around these areas. If a certain number of enemies successfully make it across the screen the player will lose the level.
In order to fight back players will have to construct buildings which will spawn ninjas to engage their new enemy. Buildings require star cookies which are dropped from enemies or can be used from the players starting budget for each level. Star cookies can also be used to upgrade the power of buildings.
There are a number of buildings available to players that each spawn their own type of ninja, with each having their own use on the battlefield. In addition to building types players also have access to a number of modifiers which when built near buildings will alter the ninjas from that building (by boosting their speed or attacks for example).
The final trick up your sleeve in Ninjatown is the Master Ninja himself who slowly remembers some powerful Ninja moves to give you the extra power you need for the later and more difficult levels.
- Fun and unique strategy game.
- Available for the Nintendo DS.
- Lots of building and modifier combinations to use.
- Powers use the Nintendo DS well (like blowing the mic to push enemies back with wind).
- Impressive number of maps to help the ninjas defend their town.
Review Platform: DS