Yet another attempt to ride on the Angry Birds fame, Ninja Chicken 3 utilizes similarly cute birds in the game. In this case, you have chickens dressed up as ninjas running along a 2D side-scrolling platform avoiding thorny plants and samurai pigs. Birds and pigs, do they sound familiar?
When you first start the game, you are thrust into a short cut scene meant to explain the plot of the game. However, this doesn’t explain much and you are soon given the option to start the game, view a gallery of screenshots or tweak some settings. The game features an adventure mode, that doesn’t quite offer much of an adventure. A typical 2D side-scrolling game, you have the choice of 2 chickens that run on opposite ends of what appears to be a wooden plank. Along this plank you have obstacles like cacti and thorn bushes you have to jump over as well as pigs in ancient samurai suits.
The controls of the game are simple. A single tap grants you a jump. Holding the tap longer grants a slightly higher jump, but a double tap well timed allows you to execute a second jump in mid air which sends you soaring up really high. The objective of the game is to get from point A to point B while avoiding the pigs and the plants, and the speed of the game
increases at certain intervals. This is not the most difficult of tasks, and definitely not one of the more exciting either. Each time you hit a plant of collide with a pig, your health bar drops. Not to worry though, for it soon recovers as you continue running.
The only excitement comes from filling up the ninja power up bar, marked by the word “?”, a universal symbol for ninjas. Every time one of the two chickens bounces off a pig, one of the three symbols light up. When all three are lit, you get a 3x multiplier bonus.
The game serves to bore rather quickly. There is a lack of depth in the game, and for first time players it does not quite explain itself clearly. Beginners are left struggling, as they wonder what the various in-game items do and how they should go about controlling the two chickens. Bugs in the game were encountered even from the very first level, where after the round was complete the game was unable to move on. Needless to say, this has been a disappointment although Ninja Chicken 3 does hold much potential and can be further improved. But for now, it is a no for me.
We rate this app 2 out of 5 stars.