Ninja or Die: Shadow of the Sun Review (Steam)

For this Ninja or Die: Shadow of the Sun Review, we play a game that is Set at the heart of a cataclysmic event in Edo Japan, Ninja or Die: Shadow of the Sun is an ultrafast Roguelite inspired by Japanese folklore. Unleash the power, speed, and soul of the Ninja, using acrobatic jumping to move and attack. You are a common pickpocket, transformed by the cataclysm into a lethal Ninja with lightning mobility. The Ramen Seller becomes a Samurai. The Maiko becomes a killer Geisha. Your domain of petty crime becomes a frenzied neon world of shogun castles, magic traps, and parachuting assassins. Someone has ensnared you in a loop of chaos… if not to kill you, then to protect you from something worse.

Ninja or Die: Shadow of the Sun Review Pros:

  • Decent graphics.
  • 655.45MB download size.
  • Steam achievements.
  • Controller support.
  • Graphics settings – resolution and fullscreen.
  • Opening tutorial levels. (optional as you can play and disable the tutorials)
  • The game is best played with a mouse.
  • Movement is a case of you jumping in an arc so you quickly slide the mouse around to jump up walls.
  • Platformer gameplay.
  • On the tutorial and levels, you can save and quit between them.
  • Charged jumps get you more air but also change the background causing a storm-like sequence.
  • Combat is automatically done, just jump into enemies and it’s done.
  • Items are automatically picked up and go into your bag.
  • Your bag lets you use or equip an item.
  • The mini-map has 3 sizes.
  • Projectiles can be thrown using the same arc as jumping but pressing the right mouse button.
  • Enemy health bars show above their head.
  • The keyboard can be used to quickly scroll through items and weapons in your bag and equip them.
  • Find keys to open chests that you find.
  • Looks stylish as fook.
  • You can pan the camera slightly around.
  • When you are actually jumping you are immune to damage.
  •  Villagers can be rescued but if you die you lose them and they then appear somewhere else in the level.
  • To finish a level it can vary from finding something, getting to the door, or killing everyone.
  • So satisfying when your chain kills a load of enemies at once.
  • Big boss encounters.
  • In-game cutscenes.
  • Can skip the cutscenes.
  • Eventually can get quite Zen with the movement.
  • Can have events like getting up to the top of level I a scroller-type level.
  • Full stats page.
  • The combat log shows mission count, levels traversed, total kills, total money earned, number of jumps, distance traveled, highest damage dealt, and longest combo chain.
  • Item and enemy lists fill in as you find/encounter them with enemies showing stats on them.
  • The back alley doctor lets you upgrade your stats.
  • Main village hi where you can unlock new features and speak with rescued villagers.
  • Completed levels show your best clear time.
  • You can replay missions.
  • Online leaderboards for each mission with local, friend, and global filters.
  • You use villagers to enhance the back alley doctor upgrades.
  • Hidden collectibles/clues in levels for village upgrades.
  • Some very clever set pieces.
  • Five agents/characters can be unlocked by rescuing them and each has unique stats and abilities.

Ninja or Die: Shadow of the Sun Review Cons:

  • Bare minimum graphics settings.
  • The text is huge and takes up so much space.
  • No game settings really.
  • Takes a bit of getting used to the movement.
  • Not that fun to play with a controller.
  • Can get really hectic.
  • The drops from enemies disappear very quickly.
  • Hot-swapping items cause more text on the screen and can get a bit too much.
  • Making precise jumps in a rush is not as good.
  • The tutorial is only to cover controls and not the unlocks, how the village works etc.

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Ninja or Die: Shadow of the Sun:

Official website.

Developer: Nao Games

Publisher: Marvelous Games

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  • 8/10
    Graphics - 8/10
  • 7/10
    Sound - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Accessibility - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Length - 7/10
  • 8/10
    Fun Factor - 8/10

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!