If you’re a fan of ninja video games then you’re in luck, because they’re certainly not in shortage. There’s the adorable (and deadly) Mini Ninja, the gory Mortal Kombat, and the iconic Strider to choose from. We’ve got a lot of choice there, but for RONIN, the new ninja game publisher by Devolver Digital, it means that things are looking a little crowded.
However, it’s not all nunchucks and shurikens at dawn with this one, as RONIN uses turn-based action to set it apart from everyone else. ‘Turn-based action’ may sound like a bit of an oxymoron but it does seem to work well, and after testing and tweaking in Steam Early Access, the game has now launched proper. Watch the RONIN launch trailer after the break.
RONIN Launch Trailer Released
As explained by developer Tomasz Wacławek, RONIN is a “a turn-based action platformer following the exploits of a vengeful heroine determined to strike down five prominent figures of a powerful corporation.” While that doesn’t tell us much about our female lead, nor how she came to be a ronin (a samurai with no lord or master), plots about revenge and tearing down nefarious capitalist entities are rarely not fun in games.
As for how we’ll be bringing down said corporations and their many goons, we’ll have to plot our strategies carefully. There are 15 levels to navigate through and each of our movements – from our dashes around a level, to our scaling of walls and our somersaults – will all need to be planned. We’ll also need to be in the perfect position to get a kill (or avoid attacks), with some of our weapons and tools including: a razor wire, a blade, a grappling hook, and even a holographic replicator.
Judging by the reviews from those who played the Early Access version of the game, the reception seems of RONIN appears to be mostly positive. Many agree that the turn-based action concept works well and that the level design is spot on. Some players have pointed out that RONIN is a tough game, but this is either a plus point or a disadvantage, depending on how much you want to be challenged.