Descend a seemingly-endless tower, wielding an arsenal of deadly ninja weapons and attacks, as the fearsome Crimson Ninja. This 2D action-platformer uses ninja magic to generate every tower randomly, so no two adventures are the same! Based on the hit Flash game from developers Megadev and Adult Swim Games.Key Features: NEW!
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Overwhelmingly Positive (992 reviews) - 97% of the 992 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Feb 18, 2013

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"I can see myself spending a long, long time playing Super House of Dead Ninjas."
- Destructoid

"Fast, frantic and highly addicting...the perfect marriage of old and new."
10/10 - Everyday Gamers

"For fast-paced ninja skills with upgrades, bosses and brutal decapitations, it doesn’t get much better."
Indie Statik

"Super Meat Boy-meets-Ninja Gaiden!"
- Indiegames Dotcom

Just Updated

The July 2013 update is Free and adds exciting new content and features for all existing Super House of Dead Ninjas players. If those ninjas weren't dead before, they definitely will be now.

Design Your Own Tower!

Make your own levels using the new in-game map editor, then share with the community. Or just try out other player creations.

About This Game

Descend a seemingly-endless tower, wielding an arsenal of deadly ninja weapons and attacks, as the fearsome Crimson Ninja. This 2D action-platformer uses ninja magic to generate every tower randomly, so no two adventures are the same! Based on the hit Flash game from developers Megadev and Adult Swim Games.

Key Features:

  • NEW! Leaderboards Support: bask in the envy of others as you crush their high scores
  • NEW! 16:9 Support: play in glorious widescreen
  • NEW! 50 new rooms added to random tower generation
  • NEW! 3 new enemies and hazards to slice and/or dice
  • NEW! 10 additional Steam achievements
  • Native controller support
  • Randomly-generated levels means endless replayability
  • 230 custom rooms, 100 of which are new to this edition
  • Dozens of weapons and item upgrades, many seen here for the first time (like the flamethrower and baseball bat)
  • Slay eight terrifying bosses and 52 dastardly enemies, including a deadly exploding mushroom
  • Transdimensional Leakage: a bizarre new tower to explore
  • Upgraded music and sound effects powered by the Ninjinity Engine
  • Map Editor: design your own levels and share via Steamworks
  • Customize your ninja with new colors and outfits, with thousands of combinations
  • Steam exclusive version of the game is bigger and better than the original!

System Requirements

    • Memory:512 MB RAM
    • Hard Drive:200 MB HD space
    • Memory:1024 MB RAM
    • Hard Drive:200 MB HD space
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Moon Man
30.4 hrs
Posted: September 26
If you think it looks good, buy it.
You'll probably definitely like it.
Plays best with a controller.
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🔥 Hyper Active Pyromaniac
8.3 hrs
Posted: September 11
I thought I was good at these kinds of games

It's not called Super House of Dead Ninjas for nothing
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✪ Cook1e -
65.7 hrs
Posted: September 8
Do you wanna find a game to speedrun?
go away
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Mayo The Condiment
2.6 hrs
Posted: September 5
Fun platformer, roguelike, quick games. A bit fast. B
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brb getting trolled
0.1 hrs
Posted: August 19
pretentious indie shovelware
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9.6 hrs
Posted: August 16
It's Good.
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13.1 hrs
Posted: August 13
This game is awesome.
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88.0 hrs
Posted: August 7
One of my personal favorite games. The fast-paced action, the unlockables, and everything else. It creates such a quality experience. I recommend you get this game, with the DLC.
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0.4 hrs
Posted: August 6
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98.0 hrs
Posted: August 1
Basically Super Meat Boy gone roguelike tower descent with weapons. Loved every second.

Easily frustrated people beware: high difficulty.
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46 of 51 people (90%) found this review helpful
22.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 30, 2014
++ Highly responsive gameplay, perfect for speed-running.
+ Frantic action. Good variety of enemies and bosses.
+ Randomly generated levels guarantee a fresh experience for each consecutive run.
+ Great variety of unlockable items, upgrades, weapons and other goodies.
+ Perfect balance between tension build up and carnage.
+ 3 difficulty modes, each with their own specific treats and handicaps.

- No multiplayer support.

This game is an absolute must have. If you have skipped previous sales, by all means add this one to your wishlist so you can get it for a cheap price once it gets a big discount (or gets bundled) in the future.

Super House of Dead Ninjas is an Arcade title that puts your reflexes to the test. You have to drop all the way to the bottom of an evil tower filled with deadly traps, mobs and boss fights. Each tower you run through is randomly generated. There are new weapons and items that can be unlocked by meeting certain requirements. A timer keeps the tension present all the time; if you let it drop to 0, you'll lose a live, however there are items that will let you either freeze or reset the counter.

I have played this game for over 20 hours and I still haven't gotten tired of it. It is so good! If only it allowed multiplayer runs or challenges. Oh well, maybe for the sequel.

Get this hidden gem. You will definitely enjoy it.
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24 of 27 people (89%) found this review helpful
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 2, 2014
Super House of Dead Ninjas is another very solid entry into the recent list of randomly generated action games on the pc market.

Throughout the game, you're constantly descending a randomly generated tower at breakneck speed. There's a timer, as well as score bonuses for chain killing enemies encouraging you to go as fast as possible and kill as many enemies as possible without slowing down. It's very offense oriented, with not much dodging and a very strong emphasis on just blazing through everything without making any mistakes (a bit of a minus for me personally, since I prefer complex dodging, but it's definitely an interesting play style).

There are not many flaws that I can think of, as it overall feels well thought out. My biggest complaint is that the various traps and levels the rng gives you often feel a bit same-y, and lack strategic variety. Things do get harder as you progress, but once you've seen one set of hazards, you've pretty much seen them all, and that's all you really do throughout the course of the game. The ultra fast move speed also feels a bit unwieldy during some of the boss fights as well, though that could just be me.

It's a good game for sure, just not one of my favorites (play style is interesting but not really my style, and the slight lack of variety hurts it a bit too in my opinion). If you're on the fence, I'd recommend watching a gameplay video, because it plays exactly the way it looks. If it looks like something that'll scratch your speed running arcade ninja itch, than pick it up because you'll probably enjoy it a lot.
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24 of 27 people (89%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
15.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 28, 2014
This game is awesome. Plays like the orignal Ninja Gaiden, but with modern sensibilities.
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26 of 31 people (84%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 28, 2015
Wow is this addicting. I should not have waited so long to pick this up. Watching videos doesn't really do this game justice. The thing is, the game makes you feel sooo bad*ss. Alot of people compare it to Ninja Gaiden, which is a good comparison. It is fast and furious. There are lots of awesome meta-game unlockables which is where the 'meat' of the game is. Achievements are all appropriate and really give alot of life to this game. It also lends itself really well to speedrunning.

Keep in mind that I would not recommend playing this without a controller. I played with the keyboard for a bit, which was fine, but ultimately the experience is much better with a controller.

If you like roguelites, this is a no brainer. I even recommend the cheap DLC.
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22 of 28 people (79%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
16.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 6, 2014
My favorite platformer at the moment. Fast paced ninja action with blast processing. Lots of variety in weapons, enemies and a randomly generated tower every time.
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15 of 16 people (94%) found this review helpful
22.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 1, 2014
This Adult Swim gem is my favorite retro platformer!

The controls are super responsive.
Brilliant, fast paced gameplay
Loads of melee weapons, projectiles, bombs and suits to unlock.
The unlocks and achievements actually test your in game skill.
Even if you fail, you will never get frustrated or bored playing this game.

If you absolutely love modern or retro platformers, YOU NEED TO BUY IT!
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17 of 20 people (85%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 16, 2015
I love feeling like a badass in video games, especially since I am very much not one in real life. "Badass" covers a lot of ground, though... anything from nailing a tricky level in Super Meat Boy to slo-mo capping a room full of soldiers in FEAR. Super House of Dead Ninjas is so enthralling because it hits so many badass sweet spots, and does it in a rich, clean package that even does SNES nostalgia right.

You're a ninja, there's a giant tower of evil, time to kill things. Armed with your sword, shurikens, bombs, and screen-clearing ninja magic, killing things comes fast and hard. Floors of the tower are mostly empty hallways to dash down with a demonic foe or two occupying them, and though the enemies are incredibly varied in how they attack, you can reduce all of them to a fine mist with only a strike or two. Your downward attack in particular turns you into a whirling dervish of murder, and there's really no reason not to lightspeed cartwheel cuisinart through everything in your way. Speedy, bloody kills also build your Rage meter, which makes you invulnerable and even more lethal as long as you can maintain it.

Though we're talking hundreds upon hundreds of randomly-generated floors, they pass in such a flash that even a good run only takes 10 minutes or so. Every 150 floors there's a boss, but they all have very simple patterns you can master after only a few encounters. There's not a ton of variety to the actual murderous descent, but there are tons of weapons and bonuses to unlock by reaching various milestones and achievements. You also have three difficulty levels and multiple challenge modes once you really start to master the game.

All of this is presented in a shockingly faithful Super Nintendo graphical style, right down to the logo design. The audio is definitely not limited to 16 bits, but the sinister narrator and elaborate sound effects do wonders for the dark, Ninja Gaiden-lite aesthetic. If you like platformers at all it's a good pick, and if you like feeling like a sword-swinging avatar of death, it's a great one.
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25 of 35 people (71%) found this review helpful
54.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 3, 2014
This game is my second favorite game (No game will ever be first exept for TF2). After 28 long hours of playing this game I have beat it on hard, and every hour that I have spent on this game and am about to spend on this game I would never take back. I LOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE this game. It has extremely fast-paced gameplay, amazing controls, a bright setting, and it actually has a small version of a story. I think that anyone that enjoys VERY fast paced gameplay and a hard but rewarding ending, should purchase this game. I rate this game 10/10.
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27 of 39 people (69%) found this review helpful
34.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 21, 2013
A wonderful game to get, perfect for any fan of old SNES action games of frantic action and pace.

Rewards skill.
Challenging, but after time it becomes easy, luckily there is a harder mode for the true ending. Then an even harder mode to get out of DLC (on sale now). Finally a never ending mode to go for high score or just because you are having so much fun.
Small tasks to do in a game or through games that challenge you to do better (or just keep playing) to unlock items that can help you out. All optional for the most part.
Numerous weapon and bombs to try out as you unlock them. Kill dead ninjas with a handgun or a light saber or a boomerang and plenty more.
Behead a giant chicken.
Smooth action all the way down in the best side scrolling action game that the SNES never got.
It's fast and frantic, driving down numerous floors of a huge tower or through a hell like dimension, killing or avoiding enemies in such a hectic pace the actual SNES would never have been able to process it fast enough. For the player, you can get in just such a groove that you barely notice the speed as it feel just right.
However for those that want to take their time, it has enough leeway once you get good enough to take your time to kill everything with a variety of weapons so you can go at a slow speed. You will still need to collect a time power up to reset a clock ticking down, but outside of the harder modes, it's not worrisome at all.

Unsure though? Well why not try the original game for free, House Of Dead Ninjas.
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13 of 14 people (93%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
10.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 11, 2015
Super House of Dead Ninjas is a well executed retro-styled precision platformer. The lightning fast combat and sensitive controls can seem a bit unwieldy at first, but they ultimately lead to a uniquely adrenaline-charged "ninja" feel that only hurtling through the levels at a breakneck speed can create. There is a wealth of unlocks as well, the only problem being that after showering the player with new weapons and upgrades during the first few hours of gameplay they slow to a mere trickle. Add to that the unusual order in which upgrades unlock, and you have a recipe for potentially unsatisfying progression.

Still, the meat of the gameplay is, like a fine steak, rare and delicious. Although the game suffers from "roguelike repetition" the randomly generated levels and enemies each present unique obstacles which push a player's reflexes to the maximum as they adjust on-the-fly. Gamers who love this genre will find Super House of Dead Ninjas to be a superb entry with many hours of replayability as they race to survive long enough for that elusive high score.
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