titleomgMikaMobile, the makers of the popular Zombieville USA, a game that stood out for its exceptional cell-shaded artwork, have released their second title in the same fashion and OMG Pirates! [App Store] does not disappoint-- bettering the Zombieville formula in every conceivable way.

OMG Pirates! is a game that takes one thing very seriously-- non-stop action. From the get go, you are introduced to a simple plot-- your ninja town is in ruins from a pirate invasion, and your silent hero tasks it upon himself to take out every last pirate he can find. The action never lets up, and is only briefly interrupted by the hilarious modes of transportation between one area and the next and the quirky pirate dialogue from the various bosses you encounter, before you proceed to dispatch them in true ninja flair.

Each action your ninja takes is an impressively animated feat, be it a combo attack that launches your enemy into the air, or a chain of flip attacks to get out of trouble, you'll be pulling off some terrific looking moves. Your ninja is controlled with a shuriken-styled analogue stick that offers 360 degrees of movement and there are only three other buttons available to control your ninja; a green jump button; a red attack button; and a gauge/button in the top-left corner that fills as you attack your enemies. This button can be used to unleash a devastating super attack that is both unblockable and affords you invincibility for the length of the attack.

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This simplistic control scheme belies an extensive repertoire of combos that gradually unlock as you gain experience, a meter that is independent of the game mode you are playing in, but which bestows upon your ninja the skills to progress through the more challenging encounters in OMG Pirates! Not only will you need to learn how to counter each enemies' unique attacks, but to complete the game and excel at the Hard and Survival modes that are subsequently unlocked, you will have to master your ninja's evasion moves, counters and individual attacks, as well as learning the "tells" unique to each enemy and boss. In this sense, OMG Pirates! has all the hallmarks of a competent console fighter, even ranking your ninja prowess each level on a rather ruthless scale.

To round out the package, a catchy pirate-ninja fusion of melodies pervades each level. Sounds are also used as enemy tells throughout the game, so if you are trying to reach those Master ranks, it is advised that you keep the sound on and pay attention. If you prefer to play your own music, that option is also available.

OMG Pirates! is an easy recommendation. The campaign comprises 10 levels spanning a few screens each, and an unlockable Hard and Survival mode, as well as a number of 'secret' cheat modes that are unlocked on accumulating 5, 10 and 15 master ranks; will ensure that even the most die-hard ninjas will have both their blades and appetites whet by OMG Pirates!.

App Store Link: OMG Pirates!, $1.99 (introductory price)

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  • Maeks

    I could never understand why Ninjas and Pirates are so popular, but Nazis are off limits (save for Zombie Nazis).

    They're all pretty much the scum of the earth in my eyes.

    • toast

      Uh, because ninjas and pirates (the peg-legged, swashbuckling, eyepatch wearing kind, not the modern version) are both cartoonish version of villains from hundreds of years ago. Nazis, on the other hand, perpetrated one of the biggest atrocities in human history, and there are still people alive today who were directly affected by it.

      I assume you're talking about a game where you could play AS a Nazi (since Nazis are the bad guys in plenty of games), which would just be wrong. Maybe in a hundred more years or so, when they're basically mythic figures as well.

      • Josh

        I have to assume that he was trolling there. Cause... Really? Nazi's on par with ninja's and pirates for general evilness?

      • Maeks

        On the contrary, I was not trolling, just kind of it kind of funny that ninjas and pirates, who are in reality by no means cartoonish and amusing villains, get the funny-treatment.

        Not really meant to troll or be offensive or anything, it's just an observation I've had, and like Toast said, I suppose when a couple hundreds of years have passed, Nazis may well get the cartoonish treatment as well, whether that's a good or bad thing, can't be said I guess.

      • Rashid

        Comedy = Tragedy + Time (lots of time in the case of Nazis)

      • jason

        nothin funny about nazis. ever.

        except you can tell them to follow their leader... thats always good for a laugh

  • Maeks

    I could never understand why Ninjas and Pirates are so popular, but Nazis are off limits (save for Zombie Nazis).

    They're all pretty much the scum of the earth in my eyes.

    • toast

      Uh, because ninjas and pirates (the peg-legged, swashbuckling, eyepatch wearing kind, not the modern version) are both cartoonish version of villains from hundreds of years ago. Nazis, on the other hand, perpetrated one of the biggest atrocities in human history, and there are still people alive today who were directly affected by it.

      I assume you're talking about a game where you could play AS a Nazi (since Nazis are the bad guys in plenty of games), which would just be wrong. Maybe in a hundred more years or so, when they're basically mythic figures as well.

      • Josh

        I have to assume that he was trolling there. Cause... Really? Nazi's on par with ninja's and pirates for general evilness?

      • Maeks

        On the contrary, I was not trolling, just kind of it kind of funny that ninjas and pirates, who are in reality by no means cartoonish and amusing villains, get the funny-treatment.

        Not really meant to troll or be offensive or anything, it's just an observation I've had, and like Toast said, I suppose when a couple hundreds of years have passed, Nazis may well get the cartoonish treatment as well, whether that's a good or bad thing, can't be said I guess.

      • Rashid

        Comedy = Tragedy + Time (lots of time in the case of Nazis)

      • jason

        nothin funny about nazis. ever.

        except you can tell them to follow their leader... thats always good for a laugh

  • Vicente

    Hands down, one of my favorite games!

  • Vicente

    Hands down, one of my favorite games!

  • Marc

    "as a number of 'secret' cheat modes that are unlocked on accumulating 5, 10 and 15 master ranks"

    can you elaborate on this?

    • http://www.twitter.com/thewindburn Windburn

      Sure thing :) From what I can gather in our forums (I'm man enough to admit I'm no where near good enough yet to have accumulated that many master ranks!), there's an Unstoppable mode, a Crazy Speed Mode, and some form of God Mode.

      The first makes your combos unblockable, the second boosts your speed, and the latter is purportedly near-invincibility. Activating any of these modes will no longer count towards further master ranks, so be sure to de-activate them if you're clocking up ranks still.

      I've called them secret because the developer is being tight lipped about their details, so I think it's something worth discovering for ourselves!

      • Marc

        do you know if the cheat codes work like say I get all "master" rank in easy mode, does that unlock one of the cheats? This is the first time hearing that there is a cheat mode lol so I'm kinda intrigued by that

      • http://www.twitter.com/thewindburn Windburn

        Nope, from the developer's posts on the forums, it seems that Master ranks only count if they're earned in Normal and Hard difficulty levels. Easy doesn't count.

      • Marc

        interesting... will try that out thanks for the info!

      • Eric

        How do you get 15 master ranks if there are only 10 levels?

  • Marc

    "as a number of 'secret' cheat modes that are unlocked on accumulating 5, 10 and 15 master ranks"

    can you elaborate on this?

    • http://www.twitter.com/thewindburn Windburn

      Sure thing :) From what I can gather in our forums (I'm man enough to admit I'm no where near good enough yet to have accumulated that many master ranks!), there's an Unstoppable mode, a Crazy Speed Mode, and some form of God Mode.

      The first makes your combos unblockable, the second boosts your speed, and the latter is purportedly near-invincibility. Activating any of these modes will no longer count towards further master ranks, so be sure to de-activate them if you're clocking up ranks still.

      I've called them secret because the developer is being tight lipped about their details, so I think it's something worth discovering for ourselves!

      • Marc

        do you know if the cheat codes work like say I get all "master" rank in easy mode, does that unlock one of the cheats? This is the first time hearing that there is a cheat mode lol so I'm kinda intrigued by that

      • http://www.twitter.com/thewindburn Windburn

        Nope, from the developer's posts on the forums, it seems that Master ranks only count if they're earned in Normal and Hard difficulty levels. Easy doesn't count.

      • Marc

        interesting... will try that out thanks for the info!

      • Eric

        How do you get 15 master ranks if there are only 10 levels?

  • Mike

    AWESOME GAME!!! Been playing for an hour so far. I Like the level up system.

  • Mike

    AWESOME GAME!!! Been playing for an hour so far. I Like the level up system.

  • kita

    I'm really glad to see some devs put a lot of polish into their apps and emulate their previous successes while using the same basic formula :)

    • kita

      Ok just bought the game and it's AWESOME!! I wish all devs put the same work into making a 1-2 dollar app instead of making an boring and uninspired game with no substance other than focusing on "beating the high score"

    • http://toucharcade.com/2009/12/11/omg-pirates-a-swashbuckling-ninja-romp/ Balkarn

      Great im with u kita

  • kita

    I'm really glad to see some devs put a lot of polish into their apps and emulate their previous successes while using the same basic formula :)

    • kita

      Ok just bought the game and it's AWESOME!! I wish all devs put the same work into making a 1-2 dollar app instead of making an boring and uninspired game with no substance other than focusing on "beating the high score"

    • http://toucharcade.com/2009/12/11/omg-pirates-a-swashbuckling-ninja-romp/ Balkarn

      Great im with u kita

  • http://MexiChriS.com MexiChriS

    Seems very interesting & this company has already released an amazing game, Zombieville! I'll be sure to check this game out soon after this post. Great write up, thanks!

    - MexiChriS

  • http://MexiChriS.com MexiChriS

    Seems very interesting & this company has already released an amazing game, Zombieville! I'll be sure to check this game out soon after this post. Great write up, thanks!

    - MexiChriS

  • darwiniandude

    Toucharcade:

    I do love the longer 'Read the rest of the review here' longer entries, but PLEASE:

    1) Put AppStore link in first section.
    2) Put video (if any) in first section.

    I normally watch the video a bit whilst reading the text and then click the AppStore link to buy it. I'll read the rest of the review if needed if I'm unsure.

    • http://www.twitter.com/thewindburn Windburn

      Your feedback is welcome darwinian, and I'll take it on board. Just to let you know, the app store link is always in the first paragraph of each review.

  • darwiniandude

    Toucharcade:

    I do love the longer 'Read the rest of the review here' longer entries, but PLEASE:

    1) Put AppStore link in first section.
    2) Put video (if any) in first section.

    I normally watch the video a bit whilst reading the text and then click the AppStore link to buy it. I'll read the rest of the review if needed if I'm unsure.

    • http://www.twitter.com/thewindburn Windburn

      Your feedback is welcome darwinian, and I'll take it on board. Just to let you know, the app store link is always in the first paragraph of each review.

  • d1554573r

    Togather with alive4ever this game is the best non-rip-off (not that i think that gameloft games are bad, but admit it they arnt innovative in any way) title so far on iphone.

    Btw, loled at the end of OMG! pirates :)

  • d1554573r

    Togather with alive4ever this game is the best non-rip-off (not that i think that gameloft games are bad, but admit it they arnt innovative in any way) title so far on iphone.

    Btw, loled at the end of OMG! pirates :)

  • http://yes.com AntonioMontegio

    i didn't say anything about - in mu opinion - annoying jump/block button - often you want to jump and your character blocks - i find it very irritating. they could just add 3rd button to jump.

  • http://yes.com AntonioMontegio

    i didn't say anything about - in mu opinion - annoying jump/block button - often you want to jump and your character blocks - i find it very irritating. they could just add 3rd button to jump.

  • Vertig0

    Great site and great write up.
    I think you guys should put a link to the forum post of the game in all the reviews though.
    Keep up the great work.

  • Vertig0

    Great site and great write up.
    I think you guys should put a link to the forum post of the game in all the reviews though.
    Keep up the great work.

  • http://axiosgames.com Josh Rosen

    Absolutely love this game. Thoroughly played through normal and hard and enjoyed every minute! (and every blood splatter)

  • http://axiosgames.com Josh Rosen

    Absolutely love this game. Thoroughly played through normal and hard and enjoyed every minute! (and every blood splatter)

  • Brian

    Yarr, call me a pirate partisan, but I would really prefer a companion game called OMG NINJAS!

  • Brian

    Yarr, call me a pirate partisan, but I would really prefer a companion game called OMG NINJAS!

  • Austin

    Amazinz game but rpg elements and a monotary system would have made this the best iPhone game for some time to come. I know it's nearly imposible to add it now but it would have AMAZING. I would pay 10 easly if those thing are or were added

  • Austin

    Amazinz game but rpg elements and a monotary system would have made this the best iPhone game for some time to come. I know it's nearly imposible to add it now but it would have AMAZING. I would pay 10 easly if those thing are or were added

  • Jesse

    @MIKA-MOBILE: If you are even reading this, I have only one suggestion: I bought your game and I love the leveling up system. However, one of the best things about Zombieville was the choice of weapons and upgrades the player gets to make; the choice is what gives it an RPG-like feel to me. I don't like how OMG Pirates has a more linear leveling up system that automatically assigns the player upgrades in a set order. It would be cool to have a skill tree that gives the player a little bit more choice as he/she levels up. It could contain all the same level upgrades you have already programmed into the game, but having a little bit of choice would make each play through slightly different. Just my opinion of course.

    I am being very picky though. All in all it's an awesome game, and the gameplay is great! It's easy to pick up and put down too when the day gets busy. So thank you!

  • Jesse

    @MIKA-MOBILE: If you are even reading this, I have only one suggestion: I bought your game and I love the leveling up system. However, one of the best things about Zombieville was the choice of weapons and upgrades the player gets to make; the choice is what gives it an RPG-like feel to me. I don't like how OMG Pirates has a more linear leveling up system that automatically assigns the player upgrades in a set order. It would be cool to have a skill tree that gives the player a little bit more choice as he/she levels up. It could contain all the same level upgrades you have already programmed into the game, but having a little bit of choice would make each play through slightly different. Just my opinion of course.

    I am being very picky though. All in all it's an awesome game, and the gameplay is great! It's easy to pick up and put down too when the day gets busy. So thank you!

  • Random Gamer

    I love it, but wish you could gain more than 30 levels, or have some choice in the way you improve with each level. And Zombieville has an excellent money mechanic this game does not, so they are both exceptional games in different ways. The best thing about both are the fun, easy game play and the art style above everything.

    I hope they make a third game with a totally different theme (they have done zombies, pirates, and a ninja, so now they need knights, cavemen, skeletons, robots, nazis, or something like that) with the same great art and a few more things (animals you can mount, allies, secondary weapons (grenades would have been awesome in Zombieville), and even more RPG elements).

    Keep up the amazing work, Mika Mobile!

  • Random Gamer

    I love it, but wish you could gain more than 30 levels, or have some choice in the way you improve with each level. And Zombieville has an excellent money mechanic this game does not, so they are both exceptional games in different ways. The best thing about both are the fun, easy game play and the art style above everything.

    I hope they make a third game with a totally different theme (they have done zombies, pirates, and a ninja, so now they need knights, cavemen, skeletons, robots, nazis, or something like that) with the same great art and a few more things (animals you can mount, allies, secondary weapons (grenades would have been awesome in Zombieville), and even more RPG elements).

    Keep up the amazing work, Mika Mobile!

  • Hitch

    Wow, this has SO much potential. At the end of the game there are 5 beams of light, so they could make 5 more games.
    OMG zombies, OMB (insert here :D), OMG Aliens, etc.
    Same engine, but different weapons and enemies could really be awesome!

    • Cameron Ferguson

      OMG Nazis!! Now that's funny

  • Hitch

    Wow, this has SO much potential. At the end of the game there are 5 beams of light, so they could make 5 more games.
    OMG zombies, OMB (insert here :D), OMG Aliens, etc.
    Same engine, but different weapons and enemies could really be awesome!

  • http://www.grubgrade.com Ryan

    Really well done game and surprisingly decent controls. Very reminiscent of one of my favorite pick and play game on XBox 360 Arcade called Castle Crashers. Wishing for more levels, weapons, powers etc but for $1.99 I am very pleased and maybe we'll see some updates in the futre.

  • http://www.grubgrade.com Ryan

    Really well done game and surprisingly decent controls. Very reminiscent of one of my favorite pick and play game on XBox 360 Arcade called Castle Crashers. Wishing for more levels, weapons, powers etc but for $1.99 I am very pleased and maybe we'll see some updates in the futre.

  • Sepurb

    Hmmm... I can't figure out how to do the custom soundtracks. Am I ignorant?

  • Sepurb

    Hmmm... I can't figure out how to do the custom soundtracks. Am I ignorant?