Set at the heart of a cataclysmic event in Edo Japan, Ninja or Die: Shadow of the Sun is an ultrafast Roguelite inspired by Japanese folklore. Unleash the power, speed and soul of the Ninja, using acrobatic jumping to move and attack.
All Reviews:
Mixed (12) - 58% of the 12 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date:
Aug 2, 2023

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“Fast and flashy as heck”
Our favourite indie games from EGX 2022 - Rock Paper Shotgun

“Fast and incredibly satisfying [...] delivers that ‘just one more go’ factor by the truckload”
The Best Games of EGX London 2022 - A Most Agreeable Pastime

“A hard as nails roguelike with pixel art so sharp you feel like you could cut yourself on it”
Ninja or Die is a genius indie, and Gamescom 2022’s best-kept secret - VG247

About This Game

Celestial doom. This is the fate that awaits humanity. In Edo, Japan, the great cataclysm has been foreseen by a most unlikely soul — a Master Thief. Your mother.

You are a common pickpocket, transformed by the cataclysm into a lethal Ninja with lightning mobility. The Ramen Seller becomes a Samurai. The Maiko becomes a killer Geisha. Your domain of petty crime becomes a frenzied neon world of shogun castles, magic traps and parachuting assassins. Someone has ensnared you in a loop of chaos… if not to kill you, then to protect you from something worse.

Master violent precision platforming in this fusion of extreme speed and one-button controls that will leave you dead and wanting more.

  • Use one button for everything.
  • No walking, no running – just jumping.
  • Eviscerate the enemy by jumping at them.
  • Hold to super-charge your jump and attack harder.
  • Become invincible at the moment of jumping — time it right and dodge even the most brutal attacks.

  • Face hellish bosses and assassins equipped with projectiles, magic and agility.
  • Evade sharp drops, deadly poison and other nasty traps.
  • Ramp up your attack power with combo attacks. Just don’t get hit.

  • Unlock new playable warriors like the ranged Geisha and destructive Samurai.
  • Wield kunai, shuriken, spears, stones and other armaments both long-ranged and short.
  • Wear armor and scarves to increase your defense.
  • Get special abilities and boosts by finding strange souls and questionable foods.
  • Use scrolls with effects like earthquake, lightning, and enhanced sight.
  • Build up your Village base. Rescue villagers to repair and upgrade useful buildings including the Blacksmith and Back-alley Doctor.

  • Blaze through a mix of procedurally generated and hand-crafted levels.
  • Die fast but try again faster with instant respawn and permanent upgrades.
  • Ascend the Infinite Watchtower, run the Infinite Corridor, and don’t stop.
  • Fill your Combat Log and thrash your high scores.
  • Replay the game with new challenges, including a stage randomiser.

Immerse yourself in the nostalgic beauty of vibrant Japanese pixel art that brings the crumbling castles, skeletal forests and folklore characters of the Edo Period to life with brutal elegance.

System Requirements

    • OS *: Windows 7 (64bit)
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo E5200
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 9800GTX+ (1GB)
    • DirectX: Version 10
    • Storage: 700 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: 1080p, 16:9 recommended
* Starting January 1st, 2024, the Steam Client will only support Windows 10 and later versions.

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