Here’s Korea’s Take On Ninja Games

By Eugene . May 18, 2014 . 11:00am


Fireworks Man is a Korean-developed ninja action game for smartphones. The fast and furious game has players as ninjas on a quest to take down an unknown enemy force in this side-scrolling title.


White, Bluebear and Shadow are the three characters you’ll be able to select, each with their own playstyle and movesets. Shadow is the most balanced of the three, offering a mix of speed and offense. Bluebear’s the lumbering lummox of a ninja (how do these guys pass a ninja test?) who’s all muscle, while White is a ghost with speed.


You’ll need to complete stages and overcome bosses such as a gigantic Buddha-style statue to advance.



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As you progress, building up combos and going through adventure mode, you’ll also get item drops which you can then craft into better weapons and equipment. You’ll also earn cash to buy upgrades for your characters, which you can of course skip grinding for with in-app purchases.


You can then take your character online in player-versus-player battles (though it’s unclear if it’s head to head or against an online ghost AI) to see whose ninja is the most… ninja-ish.


Fireworks Man is out now on iOS and Android. You’ll also need Kakao—a messaging program similar to WhatsApp or Line—to log in.

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  • Pretty sweet stuff here.

  • Tarkovsky

    I wish Korea would develop more games other then MMOs. Not that their MMOs aren’t awesome but there’s so much potential there to create new and interesting stuff. We can’t just rely on Japan for all our eastern gaming needs. The burden needs to be shared and it’s time for Korea to step up imo.

    • NightzeroAX

      I agree. The only non MMO game that came from Korea that I can recall is Astonishia Story 2 aka Crimson Gem Saga on the PSP.

      • Tarkovsky

        Oo, I need to check that out. Sounds pretty interesting.
        The one non MMO Korean game that I really enjoyed was Ninety Nine Nights which was co-developed by Phantagram and Q Entertainment. Not a popular opinion but man was that game fun. The only 3 non MMO Korean devs I know of are Blueside and Phantagram (devs of Kingdom Under Fire & N3) and Softmax who developed the Magna Carta games. None of these companies have developed a game since like forever.

      • xXDGFXx

        I found that game both fun and tedious. Fuck, what the hell is with the enemy run speed.

    • OtakuSheppug

      As a Korean, I agree. But koreans usually have this mindset of keeping to the norm. I’m only expecting more generic MMOs from Korea mostly.

    • Guest

      Please NO … It’s better if they stick with MMOs …

  • Aldorr

    Меня одного бесит управление прямо на экране?

    • NeptuniasBeard


  • Demeanor

    Mmm I’ve recently tried Elsword and it’s pretty neat, very flashy anime-style 2.5D action rpg, feels like playing a Tales MMO (Elesis ftw).
    Based on my limited experience with korean mmos and manhwas I find that their stuff looks very cool and has beautiful art style, but it generally lacks polish and/or depth compared to the Japanese or western giants’ titles.
    Also, I kinda like how the Korean language sounds XD
    This chibi style is not for me, but all in all I’d love to experience more manhwas/titles from korea, if anyone has some game/manga suggestion please chime in! Thnx!

    • The Real CZ

      The manhwa “Veritas” is great if you haven’t read it already.

    • SeventhEvening

      Hellper is fantastic, but you have to read Korean. Really cool style. Space China Dress is also pretty good, if you like parodies in the same vein as Gintama. These days I’m also reading The Pale Horse, which has beautiful art and I bought Dragon Recipe’s new volume, but I haven’t cracked it open yet. Breaker and Breaker N.W. are also pretty cool. I live in Korea and am pretty proficient in Korean, but I find there is a lot of derivative stuff. There’s some real gems, but you’ve got to dig.

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  • Aoshi00

    reminds me of Storm Shadow in GI Joe and also Ninja Assassin played by Rain, both kickass ninjas played by Korean actors :) too bad on mobile game only.. I like Dust too..

    just rec’d the Darkstalkers artbook (staring at the Morrigan drawn by Hyung-tae Kim the Magna Carta artist :P)

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