Ninjas are cool, this is an established fact of the universe. Nazi Robots from space are not cool, they are the complete opposite of cool, and Robot Hitler is out to get you, the world's first ninja. You have 10 seconds to destroy all Nazi Robots in your vicinity. IT. IS. ON.
User reviews: Very Positive (346 reviews)
Release Date: Mar 5, 2014

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"You have 10 seconds to defeat increasingly difficult action platforming challenges. Your enemy? Robot Hitler. Great for those looking for a challenge."
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“a marvellously well designed and air-punchingly triumphant video game”
8/10 – Eurogamer

“10 Second Ninja is fast-paced and highly-addicting with a great sense of humor from the very start.”
9.3 – Indie Gaming Mag

“it’s bloody brilliant”
5/5 – The Indie Mine

About This Game

Ninjas are cool, this is an established fact of the universe. Nazi Robots from space are not cool, they are the complete opposite of cool, and Robot Hitler is out to get you, the world's first ninja.

You have 10 seconds to destroy all Nazi Robots in your vicinity. IT. IS. ON.

Become the ultimate Ninja and take down Robot Hitler’s automated autocracy in this blisteringly fast platformer.

Ready, Steady, Ninja!


  • Blitz through 40 challenging levels!
  • Fight again and again to get the best time possible and a glorious three star rating!
  • Break your controller or keyboard out of anger!
  • Battle your friends down to the millisecond on the leaderboards
  • Prove you know how to play games and collect all 30 achievements

Warning: This game contains flashing images. It is advised that you do not play if you suffer from photosensitive epilepsy.

System Requirements

Mac OS X
    • OS: Windows XP/Vista/7/8
    • Processor: Single Core 2.0 GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce 8600M / RadeonHD 2600 (128MB)
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 100 MB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c compatible.
    • OS: OSX 10.6
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo E6300 (2 * 1860)
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce 8600M / RadeonHD 2600 (128MB)
    • Hard Drive: 100 MB available space
Helpful customer reviews
18 of 18 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
10.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 22
Many games have attempted to capture the essence of pure speed as part of their appeal. It's powerful when applied correctly, so often being impossible to emulate in real life. You can't run like Sonic, your car doesn't go as fast as Captain Falcon's - and I'd be very surprised if you can move like the hero of 10 Second Ninja.He's a double jumping, sword slashing, shuriken throwing robot destruction machine. Madly dashing through short platforming puzzles, his ultimate goal is always the same: destroy the nazi robots as fast as possible. Half the game is sequencing and strategy, determining the most efficient uses of those precious second jumps and limited throwing stars.At first a level will seem straight forward - a combination of runs and leaps that take out everything in what you'll assume is a respectable time.Things can be confusing at first, for different reasons - but then you notice the time savers. The opportunities to take out two enemies with one move, skip jumps or maintain momentum. In later levels the addition of complications like falling rocks and portals change the equation. The slow consideration to start a level is a nice counter-point to the split-split-second reaction times needed to perform the plans you come up with.That's the other half. Thumb-mutilating skills coupled with reset after reset to shave milliseconds off times in pursuit of those required to unlock levels or climb the bragging rights only online leaderboard. The game controls wonderfully and the simplistic art uses precise frame stages to broadcast changes in status, vital for instant understanding. While it won't be for everyone, Ninja does exactly what it set out to, with style and humour to boot.
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14 of 15 people (93%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 8
10 Second Ninja moves so fast that it's over almost before you realize it's begun, but its brief length is used so effectively as a tool to making a blisteringly precise, difficult platformer accessible that it's actually the better for it.

Designed as a series of miniature speedruns, you're given but 10 seconds to complete a given level, jumping, slicing, and throwing shurikens to clear out Robot Hitler's mechanical army as quickly as possible. It might sound like a gimmick, but levels are designed in such a way as to be almost puzzle like in execution, requiring not only brute reflexes but also an understanding of how to best make use of your limited repertoire to shave off every tenth of a second you can manage.

Naturally, this causes the game to move at a ridiculous pace, but unlike a lot of hyper challenging platformers 10 Second Ninja avoided ever becoming overwhelming. Its basic mechanics give you just enough leeway to experiment within levels so as to keep them from feeling too linear or restricting their design, while being entirely understandable and intuitive to execute, and the necessarily small size of each level keeps the experience easily digestible but not to the detriment of a satisfying challenge. 10 Second Ninja isn't an easy game, but it always feels surmountable, if only you could find the perfect strategy or go a little faster.

And then an hour later you're through, perhaps having missed a few perfect level ratings but for the most part seeing what the game has to offer. And surprisingly I was entirely OK with that. 10 Second Ninja for as short as it is makes every moment engaging, each level offering its own twist on mechanics that never change because they don't need to, and finding time for some humorous dialogue in between smashing up Robot Hitler's disembodied head. There's just something inherently entertaining here, and it all comes together into a tightly condensed package that understands it doesn't need to be hundreds of hours long. It just needs to be fun.

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16 of 23 people (70%) found this review helpful
5.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 8
May 20, 2015
If you aren't a speedrunner, I wouldn't consider 10 Second Ninja. I decided to buckle down and really work at the game after a frustrating introduction, and quickly completed it with some effort. The full content is around 4 minutes long, with later levels only adding portals and enemies that take two hits to kill. The only appeal of the game is finding routes to optimize times.

The game is built on Game Maker, I only knew this after the 2nd cutscene gave up a Game Maker error report and crashed the game when an image couldn't be found. The program seems to take process priority along with nearly 500MB of RAM, slowing the Desktop and all other activities if you want to Alt-Tab. FPS is good, and I assume the high priority is to make sure the clock is accurate.

Controls are simple but inconsistent, not really fitting for a precision platformer. The sword hitbox can be gigantic at times, even allowing some kills through walls. Normal ground behaves more like Ice, while Ice really didn't give me much issue, maybe because I finally got the hang of controlling this ninja on rollerskates. Sometimes the ninja would auto-run after restarting, while other times it would ignore my inputs (mostly in the Hard mode 100% run, wasting precious time). The 10-second max means most levels are very limited, with only 4 of the 40 levels spanning beyond the screen. I'm kinda shocked a ninja in a platforming game can't wall-jump, while a cube of meat can.

The game requires Stars to progress in the game, so expect to repeat and perfect levels from the start. This is the kind of game that chastises you for doing poorly, and beginners will get trapped in the first world until they can improve times for Stars. At least the community seems friendly, with some helpful strategy videos to complete the game. I don't know if the developer cleans time records, but there's a cheater with a 100% time of under 5 seconds that needs wiped. At least the music in the Bonus area was really good.

Overall, the game is too one-dimensional. Super Meat Boy, Stealth Bast Deluxe, and other platformers allow speedrunning without limiting level design and cutting mechanics. 40 short levels, limited variety, and no included level editor means content is slim. It's bundle fodder, which is where I got it, and the store price is insane. There's nothing really unique here. If you're a speedrunner that has exhausted every other game, you could still find other games with more content. The cutscenes may be longer than the gameplay, but they try too hard to be memetic and get tweets. A hashtag in a cutscene, yuck. Considering all the levels can be reasonably completed in 240 seconds, you must see the cost-per-hour here is awful. It had potential, but the title restricted the gameplay far too much.
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 3
As a tiny blue ninja, you're mankind's last hope against the mischievous Robot Hitler and his robot army. In this fast-paced platformer, your aim is to clear every single level in less than ten seconds - that is, kill every robot on the screen, using your weaponry and triggering environmental hazards. Aim for the lowest possible time to earn a three-star rating!

The concept is really nice, and the par times are very tightly balanced. Finding the optimal route for each level will require meticulous planning, and the execution leaves no room for error. It is incredibly satisfying when you nail your inputs perfectly and maximize a route's potential, and deeply unnerving when even then, you're still half a second too slow; reconsider what seems obvious, think outside the box and, most of all, keep optimizing your inputs. The original core concept, the precise controls and meticulously balanced level design are the game's main strenghts.

Now for the cons. The visuals and cutscenes are entirely forgettable, which can be excused in a low-budget indie game such as this. The soundtrack, albeit repetitive, serves its purpose but isn't particularly memorable either. My main criticism would be that the game is really short, and perhaps not quite as "hardcore" as it may appear at first. I was a little disappointed to hit the ending credits after only a few hours (plus maybe an extra half hour on the bonus world), with all the three-star ratings earned and without hitting any major roadblocks.

I would have loved more content, and I felt that certain ideas in the level design could have been further developped (portals, falling/crumbling blocks, etc). As it is, I can't say that the game has exploited its potential to the fullest; nevertheless, it remains a solid puzzle platformer and one of the most execution-intensive games I have played in a while, with relatively fair content for its price. A shame that such an interesting challenge turned out so short.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
52.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 9
This is a 2d indie platform puzzle game.

The main goal is to kill all the robots within the 10 seconds.
You jump, slash and strow shurikens to find the fastest way.
Every level it's getting harder and harder to find the way.
Yes, You can look up how you can do it the fastest way only doing this that is biggest challenge.
The game has a really crazy and funny story line and makes it wurth playing.
I won't tell what it is about you need to find out for your self.

It sound easy only this game is so freaking frustrating and fun to play.
Great levels with great background music and theme.
This game will give you a great challange !!

If you like this kind of game I would really recommend this to you.
I give it a score of 8/10 for the funny story, great challenge and cool music.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 15

Is what I would’ve shouted after the billionth try of a single level.

+ Incredible replayability (3 stars, steam achievements, friend/world leaderboards)
+ Simple intuitive controls (found myself Ace-ing levels 5 mins in)
+ Hilarious story arch
+ So addictive, very very satisfying

- Sometimes stale and annoying music

9/10 great pick up and play
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 12
Do not be fooled by the games soft and indie appearance. This game is hard as balls! Levels have to be completed in 2 seconds or less in order to get all 3 stars on the level, which is harder than it sounds. It's cute, the achievements are quirky, controls are good. I like it, a lot.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 27
This is a race against the clock. As the name implies, you have only 10 seconds per level to destroy all the robots. You can get up to 3 stars depending on how quickly you complete this task. At your disposal is a katana and 3 shurikens. There are several worlds and in order to progress to the next world, you must acquire a certain number of stars. The fun comes in trying to best your time and to get 3 stars on each level. There is a leaderboard so you can see how you rank against others.

The keyboard controls are a bit rough, especially in a precision, time-based game like this one. I would recommend hooking up a controller instead.

A great time waster even if you only have a few minutes to spare. A good deal if you got this in a bundle for cheap like I did but at retail price it is definately not worth it. This game seems more suited on the iPad for a couple of dollars than on PC. Not a bad game if you can get it for a buck or two.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 13
Accuratley describes my sex life.

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7 of 12 people (58%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 10
I beat the game in less than 50 minutes including watching all the cutscenes. :/

Very short game...

There are (more difficult) bonus missions after, but I find it a bit inexcusable to release a $10 game that's less than 1 hour in length. It's more of a flash game than something one should purchase, but that's just my opinion.
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14 of 26 people (54%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
9.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 18
A flash game that requires the reflexes of a cat, yet has horrible performance issues that makes playing feels like torture.

And devs don't care.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 14
This game combines something I love with something I hate. The something I love is figuring out puzzles. The something I hate is executing a series of moves with insane speed and precision. My stress level while playing this game was palpable. Still, even I found it fun. The dialog is also hilarious. I will probably not be one of the players that hones my skills and aims to get those 3-star wins, but I'll probably play it on occasion. This may be one of the ones I plug in the controller for, though.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 27
The mix of puzzle and extremly fast-paced gameplay make it an excellent time waster.
It's pretty easy to get 1 start but the sweet spot is ofcourse 3. This is where game starts to really shine, you have to figure out how to do it and the flawlessly executed plan is really satisfying.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 30, 2014
This is one of my favorite games. It's simple, takes little time to learn, has cute graphics, and runs flawlessly. The game entirely faces entirely fictional nazi robots , but if you don't even want that you can censor it with a simple visit to the settings. It's in a cute art style that's entirely appropriate for the game.
The mechanics are perfect. Due to little your computer needs to process, there will be no lag. Like, ever. Also the character always does what you'd expect him to do according to what you did, and overall just really tight controls.
The game is a kind of speed-running one in which you try and map out the perfect route to remove a series of robots in an area. The games last no more than 10 seconds (Thus, 10 Second Ninja) and you can instantly restart the round with a quick tap of the R key. The maps are easy to complete but it has you coming back for a 3 star rating which you do, because there's nothing more satisfying than achieving it, and you invest little time in going back to it.
Overall, it's a quick game if you don't care about stars. If you do, it'll last another few hours. It's not a large or long-lasting treat, but a very tasty one at that.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 22, 2014
10 Second Ninja is an amazing platformer where you go on an epic fast paced quest to destroy robot hitler and his plans!
This game is really simple, but is simple bad? The answer is no. Simple games can sometimes be some of the best games. You get easily addicted to the game. The levels are hard, but enjoyable. Simple, but it seems complex. The story is a bit weird, but you will most likely get a laugh out of it.
If you are looking for a challenging platformer to test your skills, this game is for you!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 17
10 Second Ninja is a great fast-paced puzzle game. It's a funny and a challenging game. If you are just interested in the story you will surely have 1-2 hours of gameplay but if you want to go get all the achivements you will have much more hours of gameplay. Controls are fluid and the artwork is pretty nice. 10 Second Ninja is totally worth it.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 21
Fun game
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 3
A brief but enjoyable speedrunning/optimization kind of hit-the-targets game. Good move speed and jump height, sword attack has nice range, shruikens are decently fast, double jump really helps out, and each area has a few gimmicks of its own to keep things fresh.

The main problem is that, well, the game is super short. Let's put it in perspective; "hard mode" has you play through the entire game in under four minutes. So yeah... not a massive amount of content in all, especially for $10. And that's, really, the sticking point for me. I quite enjoyed my time with this game, it was a ton of fun. This kind of thing is right up my alley. But for the asking price, combined with the presentation equivalent to a flash game, I would *not* recommend this game at its full price. Half off, maybe. 66% off is what I got it for and even that feels a bit too high for me, but considering that I did enjoy most every moment I spent with the game I suppose I can't complain too much. It's designed well, the 3 star times are fairly realistic when you figure out the expected route, and the fact that everything is so quick helps too since you're never losing more than a few seconds of progress with every failure (or a few minutes in hard mode, but that's usually more than one failure to fail the target time...)

So yeah, if you want a good fast-paced platformer with an emphasis on speedrunning, and you don't care about the price, pick it up for sure. If money is a factor, wait for a sale. I do enjoy this game a lot, so it's a bit disappointing that it's as short as it is, really.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 28
A fun little game which is all about timing, speed and controller skills :)
Easy to play through in an hour but hard hard to master and get 3 stars on all level!

Worth it!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 21
This game is not well optimized. I had to change into a very low resolution + window mode because of stupid framerate issues. The resolution won't change when in fullscreen by the way.

Despite its said issues above, 10 Second Ninja is a good game for platformer lovers and speedrun maniacs. Plan your route well then hack through enemies as quickly as you can, under 10 seconds. And then, try and try and try and try... after 10000 retries ... and try and try and try until you get that f*cking 3-star on that level.
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