The lovable ninjas from Shawnimals have made the leap to the iPhone’s bigger and more powerful sibling, the iPad. Ninjatown: Trees of Doom is a special game for many reasons. For starters, it’s a testament to great game design specifically tailored to the iPhone’s touch interface. Over the past several months, we’ve been most impressed by the game’s continued growth. We’ve seen new modes, characters, and power-ups; all without a single price hike. Now that’s value. Needless to say, we were very excited to explore what makes the Ninjatown Trees of Doom! HD! different.
For the uninitiated, this game is all about climbing trees full of treacherous dangers and fun power-ups. Ascending the trees builds your point total, giving it that classic ‘one more time’ experience perfectly suited for mobile devices. If you want, you can share all of your conquests via Facebook Connect.
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The content between the iPad and iPhone versions are exactly the same. Both classic and timed game modes are included, and all the wacky ninjas and power-ups are faithfully ported over. The play experience feels much more comfortable on the huge screen, though. Holding the iPad like a book enables you to flip back and forth without obstructing your view at all. In this HD version, we shattered our personal best scores from the iPhone version.
The style and charisma that permeated the iPhone game almost comes across flawlessly in the HD version. Sharp and vibrant colors take full advantage of the iPad’s native resolution, making it a pretty game to watch and play. Infrequent frame rate hitches slightly diminish the overall package. Ninjatown on the iPhone ran like butter on a hot skillet, all the time, so it’s slightly disappointing the same doesn’t hold true for the iPad edition.
We also have to quickly touch on a weird crashing issue. Before we updated to the latest firmware on our iPad, Ninjatown Trees of Doom! HD! crashed a lot. So we recommend you have the latest update to ensure you get the best performance. We still see some random crashes here and there, but it’s not a deal breaker at all.
All things considered, this port is a great one. It captures all the content and fun from the iPhone edition while maintaining its value at a fair $2.99 price point. We wholeheartedly recommend this digital crack to folks of all gaming persuasions.