Venan Entertainment, most famously known around these parts for Space Miner [99¢ / Free] gave us a look at their upcoming game, Ninjatown: Trees of Doom this week. Loosely based on the Nintendo DS game Ninjatown, Trees of Doom is a high-scoring jumping game like Doodle Jump [99¢] set in the Shawnimals universe, Ninjatown: Trees of Doom has players jumping between two trees, avoiding obstacles and picking up power-ups while seeing how high they can go.

One thing that stuck out in my time with Ninjatown was how well the game scales up as you climb higher and higher. It starts very easy with only a few enemies to avoid and some branches to fling off of, and as you get further, the volcano in the background erupts, new enemies emerge, and day turns to night.

You can see how this all plays out in the new trailer:

Your ninja is controlled by tapping either side of the screen to jump, and when you're on a tree branch, dragging down aims where you fling yourself next. It has a bit of a learning curve to it but it doesn't take very long before you're flying up the screen without even thinking about it. This brief hands-on video shows the game in action on an actual device:

Ninjatown: Trees of Doom should be landing on the App Store very soon. If you're like me and find yourself oddly sucked in to these kinds of jumping game, I recommend keeping an eye out for it.

  • dream

    Man...this is kinda disappointing considering how awesome both Space Miner and Ninjatown are. :(

  • dream

    Man...this is kinda disappointing considering how awesome both Space Miner and Ninjatown are. :(

  • Hadou

    Maybe, but it could turn out really good with updates, and maybe more ninjatown to come?

    • dream

      Oh, I'm sure it will be fun for what it is. I was just hoping for something more substantial considering the pedigree of the developers behind this.

  • Hadou

    Maybe, but it could turn out really good with updates, and maybe more ninjatown to come?

    • dream

      Oh, I'm sure it will be fun for what it is. I was just hoping for something more substantial considering the pedigree of the developers behind this.

  • Emt King

    This game looks like lots of fun can't wait to pick it up!!

  • Emt King

    This game looks like lots of fun can't wait to pick it up!!

  • Andytizer

    I think this looks great, even though what we are all waiting for is the Ninjatown iPhone port which is the most fun Tower Defence game I've ever played.

  • Andytizer

    I think this looks great, even though what we are all waiting for is the Ninjatown iPhone port which is the most fun Tower Defence game I've ever played.