Note: iOS 9 + Facebook users w/ trouble scrolling: #super sorry# we hope to fix it asap. In the meantime Chrome Mobile is a reach around
hot  /  reviews  /  videos  /  cblogs  /  qposts

G.G Series Ninja Karakuri Den

Review: G.G Series Ninja Karakuri Den

2:00 PM on 08.26.2010 // Tony Ponce

Japan can be a real ball hog sometimes. A bazillion awesome-looking games come out each year, yet only a handful get localized. Don't even get me started on the surplus of legacy software that appears on their download services! Is it fair that Japan gets 14 PSOne Classics a week while we only get one every other blue moon? Why must we go through the hassle of tricking our consoles' region settings to play games that did, in fact, hit Western retail?

The G.G Series is a collection of such Japan-exclusive downloads for DSiWare. For 200 points a piece, these games are snack-sized distractions that range in quality from decent to poo-poo. A set of 30 was eventually bundled onto a DS cart, and word on the street is that this collection seems to be the best way to experience them.

Publisher Genterprise recently announced plans to localize a couple of G.G titles, Ninja Karakuri Den and Super Hero Ogre, with the possibility of more in the future. The former was just released this past Monday, so I decided to give it a whirl and see where on the infamous G.G quality spectrum it falls.

G.G Series Ninja Karakuri Den (DSiWare)
Developer: Suzak
Publisher: Genterprise
Released: August 23, 2010 
MSRP: 200
Nintendo DSi Points

Okay, so it's not terrible.

Ninja Karakuri Den is an arcade-style platformer with a visual aesthetic akin to Ninja JaJaMaru-kun on the Famicom or Haggleman from the recent Retro Game Challenge. Each level is a single-screen "room" that must be cleared of all gears in order to reveal an exit door. The nameless hero ninja must constantly jump off of tiles that then fall away, making levels more perilous with each passing second.

Also populating levels are enemy samurai that come in three flavors -- short-range katana wielders, medium-range spear thrusters, and long-range gunners. Your ninja is invincible save for falling into pits, so enemy attacks merely halt your momentum or send you reeling backwards. While this is a minor annoyance in the early levels, it becomes an issue further in as fewer tiles populate the room.

New tiles materialize in random spots at regular intervals as long as there's time left on the timer. Sometimes, a missed jump or enemy collision can be rectified by a lucky appearance of a tile beneath you. However, once time expires, tiles stop forming and the background turns pitch black, an indication that you should hurry up and find the goal.

Jumping is performed automatically, but jump height can be controlled by pressing up or down on the D-pad. You can attack across distances using an endless supply of rather ineffective shurikens or up close with katana slashes that kill enemies in one hit. A dash technique for clearing long gaps can normally be used once per jump, and combining a dash with a slash produces a more powerful attack that can drill through a row of samurai as well as destroy gears in one slash instead of the normal two.

Level progression follows a regular pattern -- three standard stages, a boss battle, then a coin-collecting bonus stage. The boss stages pit you against enemy ninjas of increasing skill who jump from wall to wall tossing shurikens at you. For the first few encounters, you'll face lowly apprentices, but later you'll challenge adepts who drop bombs in their path and masters who can create shadow clones.

There are 60 levels in total, each level lasting 30 seconds at most. If you lose a life, you'll restart the current stage minus the gears you've already destroyed. If you exhaust all your lives, you'll restart the current level with all the gears back in place and a reset score counter. With little in the way of punishment for failure, you can breeze through the entire game in less than half an hour.

Even considering the short playtime, the game manages to skimp on variety. You meet all the enemy types by the 11th level and encounter the same three ninja bosses four times apiece. Instead of a thrilling final battle, the game ends on an anticlimactic note with another non-threatening bonus room. This is the kind of game that could have welcomed replays with randomly generated maps, but as it stands, there's no reason to return other than to record how far you can travel without continuing.

If I assume that this is one of the better G.G Series titles, my earlier suspicions that these games are better suited for a collection format are justified. Ninja Karakuri Den is too short and suffers from a dearth of content, yet it's enjoyable and cheap enough to just barely, barely, squeak by with a recommendation.



G.G Series Ninja Karakuri Den - Reviewed by Tony Ponce
Amicable - A presentable but unmemorable time. Focusing on the bright spots helps, and I appreciate the effort, but I won't be playing this repeatedly.

See more reviews or the Destructoid score guide.

Tony Ponce, Former Contributor
 Follow Blog + disclosure megaStryke Tips
(Decommissioned) Super Fighting Robot more   |   staff directory

 Setup email comments

Unsavory comments? Please report harassment, spam, and hate speech to our community fisters, and flag the user (we will ban users dishing bad karma). Can't see comments? Apps like Avast or browser extensions can cause it. You can fix it by adding * to your whitelists.

destructoid's previous coverage:
G.G Series Ninja Karakuri Den

View all:powered by:  MM.Elephant

Ads on destructoid may be purchased from:

Please contact Crave Online, thanks!

Cblogs of 11/26/15 + Combat Heropon-isms

Video games go mainstream

I’m Not a SJW, I’m an Anthropologist: Making the Case for Diversity in Games

Insidia REVIEW - A whole dark, gloomy, and kinda creepy world to explore

DS REVIEWS: Trace Memory

Things I'm Thankful For

Cblogs of 11/25/15 + Turkey N Stuff

Cheat Codes Podcast - Ep. 73: Stay Classy

NVGR: Updated Album "ADBC" (No longer an EP)

 Add your impressions

Status updates from C-bloggers

Confuseddalek avatarConfuseddalek
I found this weird game called Samurai Heroes for 8 dollars today. Its not bad.
Solar Pony Django avatarSolar Pony Django
Got Deadpool, Arkham Asylum and BioShock 1 and 2 all for 30$. Not to bad for going Black Friday shopping late.
RadicalYoseph avatarRadicalYoseph
If you haven't played Tales from the Borderlands yet, GO BUY IT! By far the funniest game I have ever played, and the characters and narrative are incredibly well written. Very few memes unlike BL2 by the way.
James Internet Ego avatarJames Internet Ego
Played all of Life is Strange today in one sitting. Bloody hell. You should all play it. Only game this year to make me cry. Bravo developers. Possibly the most valuable thing I've ever bought for £10.
Gamemaniac3434 avatarGamemaniac3434
Last night, got farther than ever in Wasteland 2. This is my third playthrough-once thru beta, once through the orig version, now on Directors cut. Worth the restart, and it speaks highly of the game that I like it enough to do this. DAMONTA HERE I COME!
KeithTheGeek avatarKeithTheGeek
GUYS HELP I KEEP BUYING MORE AMIIBO. Today it was Little Mac, since he went back up on Gamestop's website. I probably would have gotten Captain Falcon as well if I wasn't already running a little short on cash.
BigDoniel avatarBigDoniel
50 hours in and I can safely say that Xenoblade is the best JRPG I've played in years. Should hopefully be finished in time for X too!
Pixie The Fairy avatarPixie The Fairy
One job down on day I should have off, now for the other job.
CoilWhine avatarCoilWhine
I beat Murasaki Baby on PS Vita. Easy 100% trophy. That ending theme tho.
TheGwailo avatarTheGwailo
I have 34 games in my Steam queue alone, 4 on xbone, and a handful on handhelds. I have 3 days to make a dent. Time's up, let's do this!
Archelon avatarArchelon
Community Question: To make up for yesterday, I decided to ask a second Community Question today. Have you taken advantage of any Black Friday deals today? If so, what did you purchase? Feel free to share pictures of your spoils, if you have any.
Jiraya avatarJiraya
Some Black Friday artwork arrived today ! [img][/img]
Lawman avatarLawman
Black Friday is getting to me. All these games I kinda, maybe want that are at anywhere between respectable and deep discounts, but I'm not sure if I want to bite. I'm wondering if Godzilla's worth $12? After checking review scores, I'm not sure.
Amna Umen avatarAmna Umen
Mission complete![IMG][/IMG]
Serethyn avatarSerethyn
Black Friday slowly seems to creep its way onto Continental Europe, but I'm not complaining! I managed to get my grubby little paws on a new physical copy of The Wonderful 101 for €20! Thanks, America!
Archelon avatarArchelon
Community Question: Since I missed yesterday, I am going to do something a little different today. Are there any questions you would like to ask me for a change? If so, please feel free. I may add a second Community Question later today, as well.
RexterNathan avatarRexterNathan
Isn't PES 2016 Free-to-Play model just the demo with extra crap thrown in?
Fenriff avatarFenriff
Damn Gumo, you cold as fuck. [img][/img]
Atleastimhousebroken avatarAtleastimhousebroken
While partially responsible for one of the biggest jokes in the metal, Cold Lake by Celtic Frost, Curt Bryant is doing the soundtrack to the game Slain!. I'm digging the shitty garage band vibe.
LinkSlayer64 avatarLinkSlayer64
How is the Lightening thread STILL GETTING COMMENTS!?!?!? P.S. I am trying to make Chex Mix, but we lost my special recipe I custom designed. sucks man.
more quickposts



Invert site colors

  Dark Theme
  Light Theme

Destructoid means family.
Living the dream, since 2006

Pssst. konami code + enter

modernmethod logo

Back to Top

We follow moms on   Facebook  and   Twitter
  Light Theme      Dark Theme
Pssst. Konami Code + Enter!
You may remix stuff our site under creative commons w/@
- Destructoid means family. Living the dream, since 2006 -