XBLA Summer of Arcade is over, and lots of indie gamers have the blues this year. No LIMBO, no Bastion, no ‘Splosion Man, no Shadow Complex, no Castle Crashers, Braid or Bionic Commando. Four weeks of what’s supposed to be the best of the lot, and yet none this year has seemed to risen to the occasion. No wonder this years XBLA Summer of Arcades sales were disappointing.
This year might have been the pits for the summer campaign, but Microsoft wants to make it all better for you with an apology in the form of a promising game. From Klei Entertainment, the makers of Shank, comes a new action/stealth 2D platformer called Mark of the Ninja. Reactions have been overwhelmingly positive so far, and I mean, who doesn’t love a little murder to the art style of a Saturday Morning Cartoon show?
2D ninja stealth is quite the untapped genre. Most 2D games are straight up action and jumping, while stealth games often work better in 3D. Kind of reminds me of Ninja Five-O, a slick little ninja game for the Game Boy Advance that never really took off, and that game had a sweet grappling hook tool. Check it out if you’re down for this exciting genre mash-up not too often seen.
Mark of the Ninja was released today exclusively for XBLA. It costs 1200 Microsoft points, or roughly $15 in real people money.