Look out, Hatch ($2.99), NaturalMotion’s Clumsy Ninja (Free) is finally here. This game has been in development forever, the first time we saw it was back at the iPhone 5 reveal keynote over a year ago. Since then, its releases has been clouded in mystery aside from a soft launch ages ago in both New Zealand and Singapore of all places.
We fiddled around with the New Zealand version for a while, and it’s sort of strange how virtual pet maintenance activities are intertwined with constant objectives and other things to do to level up. Additionally, the physics engine powering the whole thing is incredibly impressive. Honestly, the game is worth downloading just to see how realistically your ninja stumbles around when you grab its hand and pull it.
Whether you actually get invested in taking care of your ninja beyond the original “Huh, that’s neat," is another story entirely. People in our forums playing the soft launched version have really enjoyed it, so, why not?