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As if volleyball wasn’t a fun sport already–adding ninjas to the mix automatically make things 10x better. Ninja Volley is a new addicting volleyball game with an added boost in creativity. The premise of the actual game of volleyball is untouched. You still need to get the ball over the net and score on the other team’s turf. There are two modes you can choose from. The first is a practice mode where you can play as long as you want against the computer. The interesting part about the practice mode is that the difficulty level automatically changes as you start scoring. So the more you win, the harder the computer will play against you. In the second mode, you can go head-to-head in an all out tournament to see who will be victorious.
If you’re a fan of the anime Bleach then you’ll know what flash-step is. Essentially, when the volleyball is coming towards your side, you tap on the ball and your ninja will swiftly appear on the screen. After they hit the ball, the ninja just vanishes off the screen. The characters are usually never on the screen until you summon them to ‘attack’–this is what I found to be interesting. You choose the direction of where you want to hit the ball by swiping in that direction. If you want to hit the ball really hard, you simply swipe down as fast as you can on the screen. Depending on the angle and how fast you swipe, you get a different degree of power in your serve or hit. I found the game extremely addicting! It’s extremely satisfying and downright cool when you setup a perfect serve and your ninja just appears out of nowhere (when you tap) and they slam the ball down on your opponents side.
Though the graphics in the game is nothing to write home about, it definitely has that cute anime style drawing. The game is lacking a lot of polish though. For example, the background and lower bar in the game are somewhat pixelated, however, the characters themselves look great on the screen.
It took me a while to fully understand how the game works. It seemed that I would keep missing the balls as it was coming on my side of the net even though I was hitting the area correctly. After rereading the instructions I realized that you must tap where they ball is and not where you think it’s going to land. That way your ninja will appear at just the right time to rebound and set your partner up for the perfect slam.
Unfortunately there is absolutely no music in this game which is a major disappointment. It would be nice to have a little jingle as you play the game to or at least to keep you motivated. You get the traditional sound effects of hitting the ball and some grunts from the ninjas but other than that, it’s pretty bland.
The game itself is still a fantastic time killer. I find myself returning to this game more often than some of the other games I have downloaded. It’s quick to pick up and play when you’re tired of the countless shooters. It’s worth a download and since it’s free from the Google Play Store, there’s no excuse not to at least give it a try.