Ninjahtic Mind Tricks is an 8-bit hack-and-slash platformer with stealth, adventure, and puzzle elements. Like it's predecessor, Ninjahtic, levels have an open-ended nature and are presented in a linear fashion. Though, several features have been added to the predecessor's formula to create a more varied experience.
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Release Date: Jul 16, 2015

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Ninjahtic Mind Tricks is an 8-bit hack-and-slash platformer with stealth, adventure, and puzzle elements. Like it's predecessor, Ninjahtic, levels have an open-ended nature and are presented in a linear fashion. Though, several features have been added to the predecessor's formula to create a more varied experience.

  • Various platforming challenges with a mixture of hack-and-slash, stealth, adventure, and puzzle elements
  • Open ended levels requiring the use of the environment and abilities for progression
  • Enemies of various types
  • 8-bit graphics and soundtrack
  • Supports Xbox 360 Controller

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows XP / Vista / 7 / 8 / 10
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 512 MB VRAM
    • Storage: 15 MB available space
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9 of 12 people (75%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 16, 2015
Such a good game!

I have been following its development for quite a bit. Backed it on Greenlight as well. I'm super happy with the release!

The controls are a dream, they couldn't be more solid. The graphics look so damn fine. I myself as a pixel artist, am sort of jealous of how good it looks.

The gameplay is so good, but there are a couple problems I could name off.
- Having to kill enemies to open doors is somewhat flawed. As I can accidentally enter a door and go back, then I need to cycle the room a couple times to clear the enemies. This is the largest flaw, but it's really not that tremendous, it just adds 10% more frustration.
- Backtracking. I don't seriously think it hinders the experience, but it would be nice to know exactly where I can't go before needing to spend an extra 5 minutes to find the key.

These tiny flaws don't really do much, though. The game is really good. It is hard, and like a Ninja-Gaiden type of hard. You just have to learn the patterns, then it's a breeze.

9/10 from me!
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9 of 13 people (69%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 8, 2015
Didn't like it. This game tests your patience, not skill. To progress, you have to kill every monster in the screen, which is tedious rather than fun, and not challenging at all. The fact that the game forces you to go through almost every screen twice just doubles the tediousness and completely ruins the game's flow. Oh, and did you accidentally fall to a previous screen? Congratulations, you have to go through it all over again to go back!

Can't say much about level design either. All screens seem pretty much the same thing over again. Very easy to forget whether you've been in a particular screen already or not. Not much monster variety either. And worst of all, the game isn't even hard, just time-consuming. Beating the final boss is just stand slightly in front, press z, press x four times, repeat. Would not recommend.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 16, 2015
Really cool game. (TLDR fix is at the bottom of the page)

It's like ninja gaiden on NES but improved by a lot combat and movment wise. You jump from wall to wall, dash through tight spaces ( or to reach long distances) attack enemis on ground and in the air. You can use a heavy attack to even send enemies flyin up, down and forward. You can one shoot kil enemis form behind, jump on there head so they fall in to a pit/spike and etc.

For it's price this game is without a doubt worth it. It's somewhat short, but verry satesfying bad there is not much to it after you beat the game. I feel like this game coudl expand and evolve in to somethign beautiful and fun.

Though, there is one elephant in the room that need's to be addresed and that is the boss battels. There not that great. There patterns is so ridicolusly easy to exploite. The strategy is pretty much the same for all bosses to. If I where to make a cross examination, take the game "volgarr the viking". All the bosses have diferent patterns and you have to use all the space around you and your knowlage to avoid the bosses attacks. In this game all you do for prety much all the bosses is "touch him really quick and go". Then there a few minor issues. Evert time you enter a room you have to kill all the eneims, I'm fine with this, but when you accidentally enter a room and have to kill all eneimes again it can be a bit annoying. Another thing is the way you progress dialog. Sins you can continue the dialog just by hittng your movment buttons/keys, you can by accident skip some of the conversation. The dev should have just made it the jump button.

Here is the TLDR version: Get this game, it's short and there is not much to it other then to go straight forward (no collectibles and etc) But it's definently worth it for it's price. It is rough around the edges, but it's a really solid hack and slash platformer
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8 of 12 people (67%) found this review helpful
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 3, 2015
nice oldschool-platformer with nice pixel art (if you like that). easy to learn, hard to master (some jumps are get pretty hard).
the controls are easy and work fine with the xbox360 controller (walk, double-jump, dash, punch and kick - that´s it, but that´s enough).
you have 4 savegame slots and can always save (in boss-fights too, at least at the start).
very small installation-size (only 12,2mb!) and low system requirements (shoull work on a calculator...).

some things are annoying though:
- if you push up too fast when you change the room, you might end up in the last room again (incl. all enemies)
- you have to backtrack to get keys/open doors, etc. - can get frustrating when you forgot the right room (no map or indicator)
- the music can be annoying too, when you have to try a room over and over

playtime: not finished yet
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 8, 2015
tight controls, good soundtrack, great level design, beautiful retro graphics and addictive gameplay; the difficulty of this game is challenging and fair (just right for hardcore oldschool gamers) and the little story has a surprising ending (sort of).

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5 of 8 people (63%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
5.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 16, 2015
If you've played a Blaze Epic game, then you're likely familiar with the common elements of their brand DNA. You're going to run, jump, and take on hordes of enemies in a screen-at-a-time retro platformer world straight out of a third-gen-console's heyday. You're going to encounter some interesting freerunning, wall-rebounding and midair mechanics, as there are notes of flight to be found in every game. Some people just don't get along with gravity, and I sense with every new Blaze Epic title that Blaze himself -- coder/musician Larry Stover -- dreams of momentum as an expression of will and spirit, and of horizontal surfaces as just a little boring, frankly.

Some people just want to run, gravity be damned, and if you're one of them, I think you're going to like Ninjahtic Mind Tricks.

Its predecessor Ninjahtic featured some splendid conservation-of-motion wall jumps, and introduced to the Blaze Epic game stable simple but significant stealth elements -- enemies spot the protagonist, wait for a clear shot, and take it, when in range. Careful planning of timing, sneaking up behind enemies, yielded easier kills with less risk, and careful timing of jumps even allowed our hero to springboard off of "stomped" enemies and gain extra air time.

Ninjahtic Mind Tricks sees our hero return with expanded parkour chops, now able to run up vertical surfaces, double-jump, dash, and execute two types of attacks -- both offering slightly different strategic advantages, and best explored carefully during the introductory test battle. The action's springier, wilder, and twitchtastic -- the game regularly moves at speeds that require one to commit sequences to muscle memory, and those "unlimited lives" will come in handy -- as will the opportunity to sit at screen's entrance on many levels, study the enemies, and plan one's attack carefully. Once you commit to act, once you leave the safety of being unseen and leap out to strike, to travel, to act, you will need to execute exactly what you committed to muscle memory. The game is magnificently unforgiving of indecision from its player, of pausing to think, mid-leap. Think first. When you act, act with a polished inner mirror, its surface free of dust.

It's really rather uncanny, how quickly this game pulls you into that headspace, forces you to think and react like the ninja you're playing. While Ninjahtic Mind Tricks has superficial resemblence to other Blaze Epic titles, this isn't the sublime swordsmanship and crowd-brawl tactics of Shin Samurai Jazz, nor is it the weighty, meaty, Prince of Persia-esque freerun-and-fight of Way of the Pixelated Fist. It's even quite different from the first Ninjahtic, faster, twitchier, wilder, even more anchored in plan-then-execute clarity. Going back to Ninjahtic after playing it, I feel heavy, and a little slow.

The game's static level-screens don't scroll, and you'll be glad for that -- you can see all the action at once, track all the obstacles, enemies, and environmental variables at once. You'll also be glad for that life bar; it makes mistakes a touch more forgiving, but you'll likely soon aim for no-damage runs through each stage. (That ranges from plausible to hair-tearingly hard, in places.)

Of the stable of Blaze Epic games, this one's the fastest-moving, requires the most planning per stage, and once you enter its zone and commit its moveset to twitch-memory, conveys the sense of impossible, breakneck flowing motion and GO GO GO GO GO like none of its siblings. This game is, I think, Blaze Epic's current masterpiece, even if my personal favorite remains Shin Samurai Jazz. I love Jazz for its atmosphere, particularly evocative soundtrack, and curious juxtaposition of noir and late Tokugawa/early Meiji ronin stories. It was a thematic masterpiece and a solid game besides, but Ninjahtic Mind Tricks features a solid narrative and a downright masterfully tuned game that, I believe, commands even greater attention. It's a joy to play, and the feeling of guiding our protagonist at speed, translating plans to finger-twitches, and executing them in a moment of hyperattention followed by a gasp of "I'm...still alive, wow!" -- well, it really captures a bit of that breakneck ninja experience.

How many games can we say that about, really? Many game immerse us, yes, and present challenge, but how often does a game successfully translate the experience of being its protagonist to the player? This is no first-person shooter; this is a tiny retro platformer with chunky graphics. That it manages to convey something meaningful about the world it depicts, that it's immersive at all, to any degree, is quite an achievement.

This is quite possibly the best expression of the ninja platformer I've ever played, and I'm really blown away by how much nuance is crammed into such a tiny game with such a straightforward, finite move set. This isn't a genre I realized was lacking anything, mind you, until Blaze Epic came along and started writing new games. I didn't think there was anything left unsaid by the many historical titles past. Ninjahtic Mind Tricks isn't just a great ninja platformer, it's a reason to revisit the entire genre of ninja platformer games, because there's more to say about 'em, and Blaze Epic just said it.

This is absolutely worth the two bucks, and a one-man game shop who's this devoted to bespoke, mastercraft little platformers like this is worth watching very closely.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 27, 2015

Another Swing and a Miss for Blaze Epic

While this game fixes some problems of the previous game, it adds new ones, basically leading to no overall improvement. So thankfully, there are some changes. You have a health bar, instead of 1 hit kills. You also can double jump, and you can dash, which leads to better maneuverability and reliance on reflexes and not repetition. Another nice addition is you can wallrun up the entire wall, instead of 3 steps, which makes that nicer as well. There also seems to be a bit of a story, and graphics may be improved a tiny bit.

Then there's the problems. Like the previous game, as people have pointed out, this one still has branching paths, where one is the final way to go and the others are fulfulling portions of unlocking that way. This means not knowing and blindly running down the wrong path, and if its not the right one, all the backtracking. Same with even if you go the right way, you still have to backtrack, which is repetitive. But then, in the potentially dumbest design move I've ever seen, something no other platformers do, for good reason, every screen you have to clear every single person before moving forward. Theres no doors or energy fields blocking you, you just stop at the corner of the screen. So yes this means in parts backtracking, you cant quickly run back, you need to go around the screen killing each guy that takes 5-7 hits to die, and theres usually like 4-5 guys each screen. What if you accidentally run to the next area and back to the previous one? Oh you need to kill EVERYONE again. Or if you accidentally go forward and back in a door? You need to kill EVERYONE again. What about in those branching paths where you wanna go the top right path? You need to go to the exit to each path on the screen and kill everybody just to go the one way you want. It makes this game unbearable, and I can't imagine how he thought that was a good idea, unless he just wanted to inflate game length. Either way, the poor level design, mixed with this new terrible mechanic, ruins it. Here's hoping his other games aren't as bad as these!
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 23, 2015
fun concept, annoying implementation. thought from descriptions I'd get more 'stealth' options, but every room requires you to beat up all present enemies before proceeding. Given that there are a ton of small rooms at the beginning of the game (after tutorial) this game is IMMEDIATELY tedious and reppetative. wouldnt reccomend even at current $0.79 price point
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
5.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 21, 2015
Very solid game. Extremely tight controls and a fair difficulty (whenever I died, I felt it was because I messed up, not because the game was poorly designed).

The main character is just plain FUN to move around. She can double-jump, climb up and down walls, dash, air-dash and more. Attacks (so far) include a basic quick attack and a heavy attack that launches enemies either horizontally or vertically (depending on where you attack from). You can juggle enemies in the air, and even step on them (some of them?) for use as temporary platforms.

The environmental hazards are as deadly to enemies as they are to you. Combine that with your launcher attack, and you have a 2d game that provides the same sort of 'kick the enemies into the spikes/off the cliff' fun as Bulletstorm. Satisfying and often hilarious.

While there's an interconnected world that you occasionally have to backtrack in, each screen is its own little puzzle. You have to defeat all enemies AND make it to the exit area in order to continue. There are no lives. If you die, you restart at the start of the current *screen*, which removes a lot of the frustration from the game.

I mentioned backtracking. I've only had to do it once, so far. (You come across a locked door in the middle of a screen. The key is found a few screens later. You must then go back to open the door.) Unlike many other games, this didn't feel like a chore. The puzzle-y nature of the screens meant that going backward felt like a completely different challenge than going forward the first time.

Art design is good, with two exceptions: ledges and pipes that you can climb on can occasionally melt into the non-interactive background.

At time of writing, the full price for this game was $2.19 CDN, or about $1.99 USD. At that price, this game is an absolute steal. It's easily worth five times that. Highly recommended.
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 28, 2015
A very short game, but sweet. It has some nice platforming, but it's lacking a bit when it comes to fighting. Much more fluid than the first game. I'd definitely recommend it to anyone.
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0.1 hrs
Posted: October 3
what is this game?
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1.7 hrs
Posted: September 22
The only real problem with it(aside from this Blaze Epic's reccuring lack of innovation from release to release) is that the story is very badly presented. The dialogue is just...not well written at all. The controls also aren't as smooth as they could be, but are serviceable. A nice, basic platforming beat'em up.
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0.3 hrs
Posted: March 27
Really fun, pretty tough game, love the movement mechanics! Reminds me a bit of super meatboy but not as slidey. Really nice job, wish it had achievements so I could rank how awesome I am with others.
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Lone Digger
11.0 hrs
Posted: November 9, 2015
It's ok if you like challenge but I prefer a good story or at least difficulty options. Balance is always good.
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Ji11 Hall-A
0.7 hrs
Posted: September 21, 2015
When I voted on Greenlight, I was excited to see if this would make it to Steam. I loved the footage and the idea, forgot about it for a while, and months later, it is now available. The game's graphics are 8-bit awesomeness, the controls are smooth, and the platforming and combat feels natural to pull off. It's not so simplistic you get bored with it, but it's not so complicated that it's difficult to master. Basically you need to empty the rooms of enemies in order to move on to the next, and you can accomplish this quicker with smart playing such as using the kick options to either kick an enemy up in the air to take them out at the same time as a flying enemy, OR to kick a flying enemy down to the ground to deal with them with groundwellers.

The only thing I would change about the game is maybe having different music for the levels. I'm not too far into it, so I don't know if the music ever does change or if it's continuously the same track. If it never changes, I want an option to turn it off so I can listen to my music when I play, otherwise, I hope further levels change it up.
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Zeebrax the Astral Lifejacket
3.0 hrs
Posted: September 5, 2015
The Ninjahtic engine has been completely overhauled, and that's a great thing! Mind Tricks is a blazing fast platformer that is completely under your control. It lacks all the clunkiness that held back its predecessor, which was a good game despite its flaws.

Progression is still linear, with a bit of backtracking where keys are needed. I was happy that there was a narrative this time around; though it is so vague as to be abstract, it succeeds in adding the sense of motivation that Ninjahtic sorely needed. You control a spry super-science ninja guy who reaps countless feral pokemon in the lustful pursuit of a cold-hearted succubus in a red dress. I wish the denizens of the futuristic city in which this slaughter takes place would take a little more notice, though -- perhaps scatter or cower as the fight draws near them.

This game won't change your mind if you didn't like Ninjahtic at all, but it's a no-brainer for fans of the first. Nice to see that the Blaze Epic formula continues to evolve!

(Try getting behind the enemies that have a definite backside -- you can instakill them with a backstab. Also, try kicking enemies off cliffs and into spikes. Following these tips will prevent combat from approaching what one negative reviewer ludicrously called a "slapfight.")
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