As most of you know recently there’s been an explosion of kickstarters echoing the spirit of classic 90’s games including: Mighty No.9, Project Phoenix, Radio The Universe, Ghost Song, Shovel Knight, and Shantae. The success of these kickstarters and their mutual vision focusing on the fundamentals without all the extra fluff of modern games reminded me of Griptonite Games a competent developer specializing in licensed and handheld titles usually arcade style. After years of doing the best they could with the licenses they were given they asked for permission to make a Shinobi game since everyone at Griptonite was a huge fan of the franchise especially Shinobi 3. This passion project resulted in Shinobi 3DS which IMO is on the short list of greatest side scrollers ever made, every aspect of the game is a love letter to gamers who miss being challenged and having a game give 0 fucks about opening a can of whoopass on them. Unfortunately as incredible as Shinobi was it still flopped in sales due to being released 2 days before Super Mario 3D Land and critics bashed it for being too hard so Griptonite Games was forced to shut down.
Why do I have such a longass intro and what does it have to do with the thread title? Shutup! I’m getting to that. On a whim last night I googled if any ex Griptonite guys were still making games (most of them work for mobile game companies now) and it turns out a programmer and artist made a kickstarter last year. Better yet they’re staying true to the spirit of Shinobi by focusing on making the player master the nuances of the game mechanics in order to overcome the difficulty, basically going the opposite way of tutorials and hand holding.
It’s not the prettiest looking game but just listen to them talk about it and I’m sure it will convince anyone who’s a fan of platformers/beat’emups to buy it. With the emphasis on spacing, timing, and gear it really gives me a 2D Dark Souls vibe even though that game is already being made by someone else. I like the Ghosts 'n Goblins jump, I don’t know any other games that have it.
Pre Beta Teaser:
Explanation of game mechanics:
Part 3 and 4 not on youtube: