Metascore
80

Generally favorable reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Jun 27, 2011
    100
    Combine all that with infectious classic gameplay and I'm sure you'll agree that 1-Bit Ninja is, well, brilliant.
  2. Feb 15, 2012
    92
    A unique gameplay experience. Not only a good plataforming game which will be loved by retro fans, but also quite innovative thanks to the use of several points of view and 3D camera.
  3. Jul 5, 2011
    90
    Personally, I'm completely hooked on 1-bit Ninja, and if you think you're able to accept some of the design decisions in the game and you're a fan of its retro aesthetics, then I'd definitely recommend checking it out.
  4. Jun 29, 2011
    90
    It's the best example of a retro platformer on iOS yet…and I'm hooked!
  5. Mar 24, 2013
    81
    Fist-munchingly difficult. [Apr 2013, p.89]
  6. Aug 22, 2011
    80
    1-Bit Ninja's difficulty will likely cause plenty of blue streaks, but they're worth the catharsis of a job well done.
  7. Jun 27, 2011
    80
    With twenty levels across four worlds to ninja through, the experience is meaty.
  8. Jun 24, 2011
    80
    Reminiscent of the days of the original GameBoy in both graphics and simplistic style, 1-Bit Ninja reveals itself to be anything but, as you switch frequently from the default 2D presentation to 3D to discover and unlock the game's hidden pathways.
  9. Jun 24, 2011
    80
    Do you pine for something harder than the average platformer? Do you hate predictable level design? Try 1-bit Ninja - it's an old-school flavor with a menacingly modern twist.
  10. Jun 24, 2011
    80
    With four worlds (five levels each) and unlimited replay value, 1-bit Ninja is a worthwhile purchase for old schoolers, new schoolers, and anyone else looking for a challenging retro platformer.
  11. Jun 24, 2011
    80
    A retro platformer that stands out from the crowds with its evocative presentation, exploration, and firm-but-fair controls.
  12. Jul 4, 2011
    73
    1-bit Ninja is a truly nice platform, graphically gorgeous and hard as few others are. The going-forward constriction is certainly the most controversial aspect of the game, but core gamers will probably love it. Unfortunately it lacks of online leaderboards or achievements support, so players will never have a great reward in doing better and better.
  13. Jul 1, 2011
    60
    1-bit Ninja's appeal is immediate, and its visual style will easily curry favour with anybody that remembers growing up in the '80s and early '90s. Even two decades later, however, Super Mario Land vastly outshines this simple imitation.
  14. Jul 5, 2011
    50
    1-bit Ninja's retro style hits a sweet spot, but the retro difficulty makes it feel frustrating.

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