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Hands-on with the free Ninja Bots DLC for The Playroom

Posted by on March 13th, 2014 | 2 Comments | Tags: ,

The Playroom has received brand new DLC called Ninja Bots today and we went hands-on so everyone could check it out. It’s completely free of charge to all and includes three trophies in addition to adding another way for four DualShock 4’s to enjoy a little more local multiplayer in case Towerfall Ascension wasn’t doin’ it for ya.

In Ninja Bots, the little AR robots you should all know and love [from the countless number of live stream “shows” people have been abusing for other nefarious purposes] transform before your eyes into the ninja bots that enter into what I like to call a “runaway-athon”. The objective of the game is to collect as many coins as possible and reach the end of the level, all the while narrowly avoiding obstacles, jumping over barriers and throwing unlimited shuriken at enemy ronin bots. Get to the end to take down the final boss and the loot you’ve collected is all yours…virtually.

If you must, scrub to the 5:30 mark where I start getting frustrated at the game for not allowing me to replay after completing a run. Yeah, there is no way to restart or retry or play again. Other than that, the controls are fairly tight with a fulfilling swipe of the touchpad to throw shuriken. The flicking and tilting action is very forgiving, although it could benefit from being a tad more sensitive than it is. Overall, the game is a lot of fun and begs to be explored further. Unfortunately, this free DLC is fairly shallow without three friends to play with…not that I don’t have friends. It’s just…gah..nevermind.

Trophies:

BronzeShuriken Master
Defeated every single enemy in the ninja course.

BronzeNot a scratch!
Completed the ninja course without getting hit.

BronzeMinted!
Brought back home at least 350 coins.


  • Elvick

    The restart thing is a bit annoying, not sure what that’s about.

    Otherwise, I love this DLC. Best part of PlayRoom for me. Though the option to jump with a button and throw with buttons would be nice. Tilting to move is so smooth I don’t mind it at all.

    • KosmoCrisis

      Ha! Using buttons would be nice, but sort of defeats the purpose and intent of The Playroom being a sort of hands-on controller/camera tutorial. This is definitely a game that could be fleshed out in a larger standalone affair on PSN.