Now this is cool. Borrowing bits from Assassin’s Creed, Mirror’s Edge, and others, while adding elements all its own, “Avatar Trials: Ninja Uprising” is a revelation.
I love the huge levels, with the feudal Japanese inspiration, and the precipitous drops that would make the designers of the Death Star blush. Audio is thematically appropriate for the graphics, and does what it needs to do and does it well.
Like with Mirror’s Edge, Jet Grind Radio, Gunvalkyrie, and other 3D platforming/adventure games, the controls take some getting used to. It may take some players past the 8 minute trial to master it, but it’s worth the investment. Players who master the controls are rewarded with a game with lots of replay value for those who like trying to best their previous speed runs, and finding new ways through the level. It’s hard not to love a gave that has your own avatar wall running and parkour-ing your way through massive levels.
This is another game made by students, and one very much worth supporting.
Here’s what the developer (Stunt Bear Games) has to say about the game:
“Unleash your Inner Ninja! Avatar Trials: Ninja Uprising is a third person platforming game. Using parkour and free running movement, use your Avatar to navigate three challenging levels influenced by Assassin’s Creed and Ninja Warrior. You’ve never seen Avatars like this before – Master your skills to become a true ninja!”