[Beyond PlayStation] Ninjin: Clash of Carrots Review
Ninjin: Clash of Carrots is a colorful beat ’em up with an interesting twist on the genre. Learn more about this one in our Ninjin: Clash of Carrots review!
The main premise of the game is that an evil eye-patch wearing flying machine controlling villain has come to the village and has stolen all the carrots, taking them to the castle. With the entire season’s crop gone, the village is left a big predicament, so you must set out to recover the carrots, defeating anyone who stands in your path. This is literally what is going to happen since Ninjin: Clash of Carrots is an autorunner beat ‘em up, so you’ll be traveling down a path as you find enemies foolish enough to try and get between you and the carrots that have been stolen.
The game will throw you into a short tutorial right after the first cutscene so that you can get the hang of things. You’ll move with the left analog stick or the D-Pad, and will attack enemies with the Y button. As you attack enemies, you will build up a combo, and when enemies are defeated, they will drop some of the carrots they’ve taken away. The right analog stick can be used to aim and throw shuriken at enemies, but you can’t just throw shuriken as you please since each one requires some energy from the blue bar below your health. Enemies will come at you in waves, and depending on how big a combo you got going on during a wave you will be rewarded with some extra carrots. And if you can finish a wave without receiving any damage, you will also get some bonus carrots.
If you need to quickly move around the screen, you can use the B button to dash – that is as long as you still have enough energy in your blue bar. Dashing is also useful for going through enemies since your ninja can only attack forward, so you’ll need to dash through enemies to attack them from the back. You can also press the B and Y buttons at the same time to do a dash attack, dealing some damage to enemies as you quickly move forward or back. This one is great for when you’re dealing with groups of enemies since you can make short work of them with a handful of dash attacks.
The first thing that will grab your attention is the unique art style and the colorful presentation of the game. Everything pops and marvelously shines through when playing on the TV or the portable screen. And when you play on Portable or Handheld mode you can go into the options and select to either display the image “stretched” on the Nintendo Switch’s screen, or if you’d like things to be presented in a pixel perfect version with black borders around the now 1:1 screen. You can also either keep the smooth filter on or remove it for a bit of an old-school vibe.
As you play through each stage, you might find a treasure chest. When you complete the level, you will get to open it and see what was hidden inside. You might get a weapon to equip, and you can press the Y button when on the map screen to open the loadout menu so that you can select what you will take with you. Your ninja katana is a solid blade that deals good damage and has a moderate critical hit percentage, but you might be enticed to change that for, say, a long sword with a bigger reach but a lower damage rating so that you can hit more games from a bigger and safer distance. There are 101 swords, 40 projectiles, 28 artifacts, 31 accessories and three stones to collect, so you’ll be able to experience a lot with your loadout as you play more and more!
You can also visit the Corgi Shop once it’s unlocked a few levels into the game. Here you can use your hard-earned carrots to purchase swords, projectiles, artifacts, items, and accessories for your ninja so that you can find the perfect loadout combination for the challenges you’re facing. New things will be added to the store as you complete each stage in the game, so be sure to press the Y button after you’ve finished a level so that you can see check out what has shown up at the store.
You’ll get to see how you did for each stage so that you can check out how long it took you to complete the stage, how many carrots you collected, what your highest combo was, how much damage you took, and how accurate you were with your sword and shuriken attacks. All of this will be taken into consideration for the rank that you will get for a stage. You might think you’ve done a great job once you get a gold badge, but you should be aware of the even better badge that is one rank above that one, and that will be awarded to only the best.
The game offers you the opportunity to play the game on your own, with someone else in local co-op, or to go online for some multiplayer action. For the online multiplayer you’ll be able to either join a random game currently taking place, joining a private game, or creating a private game of your own for someone else to join you. The game is fun in single player, but it´s great to see that couch co-op and online co-op are available for this one since that greatly increases its replay value.
If you’re looking for a different type of beat ’em up, then Ninjin: Clash of Carrots is exactly what you need. Its colorful presentation, tight gameplay mechanics, and the wide variety of items you can find or purchase to increase your arsenal will keep you coming back for more until the end. Be sure to check it out on Nintendo Switch today!
This Ninjin: Clash of Carrots review is based on a Nintendo Switch copy provided by Modus Games.