Ninjamurai Is, According To The Developers, Shinobi Meets Sonic

By Ishaan . March 8, 2011 . 2:05pm


Open Emotion are a Limerick, Ireland-based indie games studio who are working on an upcoming PSP Minis game by the name of Ninjamurai, for release in May this year.


A…samurai ninja? Sacrilege! Wait, maybe not. Open Emotion appear to be big Sega fans and describe the game as “Shinobi meets Sonic.” You can watch footage of the game (grabbed with an iPhone camera, in case the low video quality catches your eye) embedded above.


“We had a lot of different inspirations for the design in Ninjamurai,” Open Emotion write on their development blog. “We looked at the classics like Sonic 1-3 + Knuckles on Sega Mega Drive and Super Marios’ many iterations on Snes. We looked at the Mega Man games for their simple tile based design and the sheer power of it. We looked at Shinobi to see a more combat-based platformer.”


Because the trailer above is low quality, here’s a few of screenshots of Ninjamurai:


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  • Cool game! I hope it gets even better when the release date draws near!

  • godmars

    Bit of an insult to Sonic to call that relate-able to Sonic. The old Sonic that is.

    Would say it closer to Canabalt, but they really need to improve the animations.

    • ToSeektheChosen

      Agreed, I wouldn’t relate this to Sonic, but it looks decent enough.

    • paddybass

      Uh Canabalt is a perpetual motion based platformer… I mean, they are fairly different. This is a full on platformer, you know? I think the sonic influence is definitely in the speed, if you go back and look at games like Shinobi, they are not this fast, so yeah I think its fast paced like sonic… It’s obviously not a blue hedgehog or anything like that but influence is quite malleable. The animations on the main character seem great and the enemies and stuff are only placeholder, i mean, This IS a proof of concept, not the finished game… For a team of 4 guys, it seems pretty incredible…

  • Sorry but really too oldschool for me..

  • Looks average to me, though the pastel-like graphics are pretty neat.

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