Adult Swim Games has become an unexpected purveyor of quality software in the past few years, and the heavily 16 bit-themed Super House of Dead Ninjas is no exception. If this game is to be believed, being a ninja is basically like being a shark: Keep moving and keep killing, because the moment you stop you become both vulnerable and infinitely less awesome. The Steam version of the previously browser-exclusive title adds a level editor among other features, but it’s the action-incentivizing design central to the game that’s most likely to keep you coming back for just one more run at the tower full of procedurally-generated death traps. Customizable item loadouts add a degree of strategy to the twitch-heavy proceedings, encouraging experimentation to see what enables you to blaze your way through corridor after corridor most efficiently. It's a game that's deeper than it looks at first glance, but still relatively simple and readily accessible. By no means a must-play, but definitely worth at least checking out the free version online.
December 3, 2013