Final Ninja is a Japanese-themed shooter-platform game released July 24th 2008. The player controls a character named Takeshi who is trying to assassinate his boss, Akuma. The game was made a distributional game, and was one of the twelve games made available when the Distributional Games page was launched on August 25, 2011.
Left, right - Move, swing if on a rope
Down - Go into stealth mode, descend if on a rope
Up - Jump, ascend on ninja rope
Click mouse - Throw a ninja star in the direction the mouse is pointing in, hold to create a rope
The game has twenty levels, each with their own individual names.
"Takeshi is the last Ninja Master. 10 years ago he disappeared. His underworld master was not pleased..."
"Away from his old life, he had found peace in his little garden..."
"But eventually his old master Akuma found him..."
"Takeshi dispatched Akuma's Assassins with ease. They were no match. He was still the greatest Ninja of all time..."
"He knew Akuma would never give up. Takeshi decided it was time to end this tale"
"Time to wear the suit once more."
"Time to return to the city..."
"This is the final mission..."
"For the Final Ninja..."
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1: Waste Area 1
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This level teaches the player about moving, wall-jumping, and rope swinging. On this level, it is impossible to die because there are no enemies or drops to kill you.
The player has to walk forward, remove the mines, then swing across the gap. Now, jump up, jump over the yellow wall, then jump into the tunnel. Now go through the tunnel, and toast any mines visible. When the player gets to the end of the tunnel, jump out, and jump on top of the crate. Blow up the mines, then jump off it, then toast the other mines, pick up the sushi lunch, and proceed to the Key Card.
The beginning of the level gives the player the first real test of proper ninja rope usage, as the user has to travel across a large chasm. The second part of the level introduces the player to cyber guards which shoot missiles.
Tests the player in a lot of the aspects of the game. The player has to navigate through samurais and laser guards in the beginning. The middle section involves in some tricky island hopping, and the end section involves in more laser guards.
This level is an ultimate test in security lasers and spotlight avoidance. This level is divided by many force fields so they are unable to advance forward when an alarm is triggered. When too many alarms are triggered, the level can become almost impossible to complete because too many enemies are generated through the alarm triggering.
This level is the ultimate test in proper use of the ninja rope for traveling. This level has lots of hazards such as electrical walls, electrical generators, and missile guns throughout the level that the player has to be very precise in order to avoid them. The player can also very easily fall off into the chasm if they are careless.
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There is a second way to defeat this level, by utilizing a secret area.
This level is an exam of all the concepts the are learned in the Final Ninja game. It has almost all the different types of enemies and hazards. Requires a lot of precision and accurate timing. It also has a few sushi, but some of them require you to risk your health getting it.
On this level, the player has to fight against Final Ninja's final boss, which is the Defence Robot Zero. The structure of the battle area is different than the first time so the difficulty is much harder than the battle in Level 10. You can gain health, but only by setting off the security guards on the left and right.
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The game ends when Takeshi defeats Akuma. After that Takeshi says that it is time for a long vacation.
Blue mines - Blue mines will explode when touched with the player, and with a ninja star. They have green electricity on them and on the Mine, a skull pointing the direction the mine will go. They are the most basic enemy.
Basic cyber guards - Cyber guards are robot guards that carry a weapon. They travel along a straight line and shoot missiles at the player when in sight of the player.
Laser guards - Laser guards can travel horizontally and vertically. They have a laser beam, and when the laser beam shines on the player, the laser guard would start shooting missiles at the player. These enemies are shielded except when shooting, so the player can only do damage to them when the laser guard is shooting.
Sniper machines - Enemies that stay in a usually hidden location, and they try to shoot the player from long range. They have pink crosshairs which follow the player, and when the crosshair is targeted at the player, gunfire appears and may do damage.
Cyber samurai - Cyber samurais are enemies that travel along a straight line, and they have the ability to follow the player and jump up when attacking the player. The player can only do damage to them before they notice the player, or when they're trying to attack.
Speech bubbles - Going into this will bring up a box that will have what Takeshi wanted to say.
Money - These are scattered across levels. Picking them up will give the play 50 points.
Sushi lunch - Picking up these will replenish one blue bar to the player's health. If the player's health bar is already full, it will do nothing.
Black key cards - Picking up these will transport Takeshi to the next level.
Trip wire lasers - Security lasers have laser beams that travel either in a straight line or rotate. When the beams detect the player, the alarms go off for 10 seconds, which during that time, the player is unable to go into stealth mode. Other security lasers cannot add time to the alarm during this time.
Electrical generators - Electrical generators generate a beam of electricity. Sometimes they turn on and off, and on some occasions they're permanently on. The player would lose health when touching the electricity.
Shock walls - In some areas of the game, the walls are electrical. Not only if the player touches it, they lose health, but if the player fires a ninja rope at the wall the player gets electrocuted and also lose health.
Missile guns - Missile guns are stationary objects that fire a missile from time to time. Unlike enemies, they cannot be destroyed.
Spotlights - Spotlights can travel along a space either horizontally or vertically. When a player gets under the spotlight, the alarms go off, just like for the security lasers.
Force Fields - Some levels have force field generators which enable when the player triggers an alarm. When this happens, the force fields activate and prevent the player from moving to the next area of the level for the duration of the alarm.
If a player fires a rope at the top of a distant wall and travels towards it at a sufficient speed, it is possible to go through the wall. This is most easily demonstrated during level 3.
Occasionally, if the player falls an extremely far distance and dies, the ending for the game is shown. This glitch can be done on level 7.
During a level, the ending will begin to play on the screen, and it will show the ending and say that the player has beaten the game. However, when the player goes back to the title screen, they will still have to complete the rest of the levels.
Sometimes, when the player causes an alarm to go off, a laser sentinel will not be fully ejected from the ground and will be stuck halfway in the ground. The laser sentinel will still move, however.
If the player presses the key, they will be able to skip the current level.
However, if the player does this on the last level, the game will attempt to load a non-existent level and softlock.
The only beta elements in Final Ninja is the logo and beta final boss, both which were discovered on Simon Hunter's website. This logo looks a bit different than the final one, this discovered logo having the words "Final" in purple and pink (the colours of the Cat from Fat Cat) and some Japanese under the word "Ninja", these words being the phonetic translation of the title in Japanese.
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Final Ninja contains an unused tile for a crane control room, this tile meant to serve as a platform and is the same size of any regular platform in the game. Notably, the block is very detailed.
Pixel Pop contains some assets from Final Ninja, of these assets being an image of the name of level 1. While in the final version of Final Ninja level 1 is labelled "Waste Area 1", Pixel Pop's name of Final Ninja level 1 is "Waste Disposal Area", indicating that this name is a beta name.
Pressing the keyboard button "N" on any level will immediately take the player to the next level. From this button's function, it appears to have been leftover from testing the game.
The only other Nitrome game with a similar testing button is Super Treadmill, where pressing the "X" button will change all blocks to coloured blocks.
Lee Nicklen, Final Ninja's composer, made five extra tracks for Final Ninja.