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Sponsored Game Review: Nun Attack Origins: Yuki’s Silent Quest

May 22, 2014 - Written By Tom Dawson

Description: Nun Attack Origins is yet another game in the very popular Nun Attack line from Frima Games. This time around, we’re put in control of Yuki, who turns to ridding the world of evil as a deadly, silent Ninja, while rescuing children from her village and repairing it piece by piece. Unlike the other Nun Attack games in the series, Yuki’s story is one filled with ninja skills that require tactics and quick thinking in order to finish a level as quickly and efficiently as possibly. Making full use of the touchscreen, you’ll need to plan your next move and figure out the best way to conquer an environment in the number of moves dictated and time to get your three golden shurikens. Let’s take a closer look.

How it Works: Once you’ve downloaded Nun Attack Origins from the Play Store, you’re introduced to Yuki’s story and the children that she lives with in the jungle.

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Origin stories often start off with a tragedy, and in this case the village is attacked by bandits, left in ruins and the children stolen. This is where Yuki chooses to fight and retake the stolen children.

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After that, you’re given a quick introduction into how the game works and how you can carve through levels.

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All you need to do is touch and aim on the display, when it’s red that means your attack will fail, when green, it’s a hit. You need to sneak up on the bandits, so hit them when their backs are turned.

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After a few levels, you’ll be given the option to improve the look and feel of the damaged village by spending what you accrued in battles.

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There are a bunch of levels to choose from, and at the end of each row of levels, there’s a sort of bonus mission which tests your ninja skills, like this one where you need to collect bread for the village.

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My favorite part of the game has to be when you complete an attack on the final enemy within the area, as you’re treated to an awesome slow-motion cutscene.

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Opinion: I had a lot of fun with Nun Attack Origin’s and after a little while I felt somewhat attached to the village and the plight of the children. The charm that Frima Games have injected into this Nun Attack title is brilliant, the cool music reminds me of a Naruto episode and the graphics are good-looking and just nice to watch. THe gameplay however, is the game’s crown jewel, with quick wits needed to complete each level to the best of your ability. Levels require quick thinking and excellent timing, the touch and drag mechanic works well and when you pull off a perfectly timed hit, it’s really satisfying. As to, are the slow-motion attacks that you finish levels on, leaving a smirk on my face each and every time.

Ratings

  • Speed (4/5) – I had no problems with Nun Attack Origins on my devices, it ran great, and the pacing is quicker than you might think.
  • Features (5/5) – A complete game, this offers excellent gameplay mechanics, lots of polish and feels like a console game more than a mobile offering at times.
  • Theme (5/5) – There’s some high-resolution artwork at play here, and the charm is turned up to full with awesome slow-motion attacks and more on offer.
  • Overall (5/5) – Nun Attack Origins – like other games in the series – won’t disappoint and will offer gamers a fun, yet challenging new way to take on the platformer.

Pros

  • Easy to get to grips with, yet difficult to master.
  • Timing is everything in Nun Attack Origins and when you get things right, it feels great.
  • Good-looking visuals and polished game design come together excellently.
  • Challenging without being too difficult makes for a game that’s accessible to a lot of players, without being too easy.

Cons

  • A better tutorial for new players would be helpful.
  • The village system is well thought out, but certainly feels a little basic at first.

Conclusion: An accessible game that has oodles of charm and excellent gameplay mechanics, Nun Attack Origins is easily one of the best games in the series and is easily recommended to anyone. A great title for smartphones and tablets alike, touchscreens are used to great effect and the gameplay is challenging, without being too tough. It’s a good-looking game and one that will definitely put a smile on your face as you time all of your attacks right and watch that final slow-motion attack. Other features such as rebuilding the village are nice distractions, but the real meat of the game are the core mechanics, which makes Nun Attack worth playing just on their own.

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