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Nov 22, 2010 | 11:33 PM EST
  • Daily 3rd Place November 24, 2010

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Ray Ardent: Science Ninja is a high-speed platformer where you battle through dangers that only a man who is a scientist and a ninja can survive. Dr. Ray Ardent is a man of adventure, a man of the world, but most importantly, a man of SCIENCE!

GAMEPLAY
Move - Arrow Keys or 'A' and 'D'
Jump - 'W', Up Arrow or Space Bar
Slide or Duck - Down Arrow or 'S'
Ability X - 'X' or 'B'

OTHER CONTROLS
Pause - 'P'
Restart Level - 'R'
Return to Menu - 'T'
Volume Controls - '+' and '-'

Reviews


MiloticMasterMiloticMaster

Rated 5 / 5 stars November 24, 2010

Awesome GAME!!!!!

The voice acting was awesome, a game worth playing, Science Ninja idea is awesome, can't wait for the next one. I agree with all the points that rubikks made, but also, with all those power-ups you could at least make one that increases the power bar or something.
Also agree with HappyMango's points about the slide and double jump, and perhaps add some power-up that helps you FLY!!! LOL, but seriously, that would be cool (Glide ability isnt nearly as awesome, since you just unlock it at the end of the game so you dont even bother using it).
Would have also liked some cinematics too, if you need help with that I'll lend it.



HappyMangoHappyMango

Rated 4.5 / 5 stars November 24, 2010

Short review

i fully agree with rubikks. But i gave this game a 9 because even given the flaws, this game is very fun and i enjoy it very much, but some of these flaws should be fixed in a sequel. i'd also like to see some better attacks given that i use "Science-ninjitsu" i'd like to see some actual combat moves other than sliding and double jumps.

I'd also like to mention the powers. The slide moves and double jumps should come standard instead of taking up a power space, because these moves are invaluable, and you need them in most cases to complete the stage, most of the game i spend sliding. i love this game, and i'd like to see some more work put into game elements.

I also noticed, that this game will punish you if you try to rush, like trying to move really fast, and jump over alot of platforms. since most of them have dinosaurs that will kill you when you try to rush. the game makes you slow down and use up the time limit. given these issues, i'm doomed to play it forever, because once you play a game with "Science-tastic" in it, you cant put it down.


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rubikksrubikks

Rated 4 / 5 stars November 23, 2010

let's discuss some flaws.

Okay, this review is gonna sound really harsh, but it's just because this game already has enough well deserved praise.
Firstly, navigating menus was somewhat redundant. After finishing a level, pressing the "next" button merely brought you to the level menu. In my opinion, it should go directly to the upgrade menu for the next level. You should also add an option to just press <space> to advance instead of having to take your hand off the keyboard.
Another issue I noticed in the menu was swapping upgrades. For the large slot, I would like to be able to instantly switch abilities by clicking on the ability I want. I didn't like that I had to deactivate the ability first and THEN put in the ability I want. For the small upgrade slots, a drag and drop system might work well to instantly swap between powers as opposed to the current system.
Next, the text dialogue was poorly implemented. This is a game about speed and thinking fast, so you can't afford to take your eyes off the screen and read some text. I would suggest giving some voice acting to go beside the text, or pausing the game automatically until the player indicates that he has read the text.
My final problem lies within killing dinosaurs. The small dinosaurs required far too much precision to take down. From my understanding, you can only kill them using the dive ability. If I'm wrong, that's because I never had a chance to read otherwise due to the previous issue. If I'm right, then the dive ability is a bit tough to control, and it's near impossible to land it perfectly onto such a small target. EDIT: I just tried it, and diving isn't the only way. Jumping alone is equally challenging, though, and I would strongly recommend making the tiny dinos a bit bigger.

Just to prove I'm not a total jackass, I'll leave you with one little compliment - the voice acting was absolutely brilliant. I'm just a sucker for goofy one-liners such as "SCIENCE-TASTIC" Never failed to make me laugh.


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cosmictrufflecosmictruffle

Rated 5 / 5 stars November 23, 2010

Great!

Awesome controls, power-up system was fun and it was nice that you could complete the levels with different abilities depending on your play style. My only complaint is that it was kind of short.


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HolyManeHolyMane

Rated 5 / 5 stars November 23, 2010

bawwwww

it just lame when you get all the epic skills and you want to use em to pown dinos and do awesome moves ...but they consume so much energy that OR you go and grab more energy for the sake of go foward doing awesome moves till the end or you kill some dinos with it and it will son be over :\

aside from that ,thats the first running game i actuallly liked ! awesome job!