Ninjin Clash of Carrots brings together a number of genres in a well implemented collection of bullet-hell, beat-em-up, anime and comedic moments. All this works perfectly well for the most part, particularly when played in couch co-op mode. There are a few problematic areas such as the big step changes in difficulty from level to level although when played with a pal, Ninjin Clash of Carrots is one of our biggest surprises of the year so far.
You play this side scroller as either Ninjin, a Ninja rabbit or Akai, a Ninja fox where you’re tasked with putting a stop to the evil plans of Shogun Moe who has stolen the towns supply of carrots. While there’s no doubting the art style with its nod to anime might not be to everyone’s liking, the bright colors and pixel-lite creations nicely brightened the dull evening of our review play through.
As we mentioned earlier, Ninjin offers a decent enough challenge. Aside from a fairly slow beginning which acts as a tutorial, the screen quickly becomes filled with many different enemies forcing you to mash the attack and dash buttons repeatedly. Throughout all this on screen busy time, we didn’t notice anything in the way of slowdown or frame rate issues so that’s a big thumbs up right there.
As you progress you’re able to spend some of the carrots you collect from your enemies to upgrade your character and loadout. There’s over 100 options to choose from ranging from new masks, additional health, better weapons and new player abilities allowing you to adjust your playstyle accordingly.
In places the humor wears a little thin and feels a tad forced although the real treat in Ninjin comes from the couch co-op options. You can play with a buddy locally or online and doing so either option is jolly good fun. Teaming up with a friend also massively helps lower the difficulty which makes getting through some of the later levels far easier and dare we say it, a lot more fun.
If we’re honest, Ninjin simply plays better with a friend and while the single player is worth your time, it truly shines with a buddy in tow via co-op.
Release Date: September 4, 2018
Publisher/Developer: Modus Games/Pocket Trap
Platform: Nintendo Switch, PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4 (reviewed – our copy was supplied by the publisher, for our review policy, please see here)