True Ninja DLC is an add-on for Super House of Dead Ninjas – which we reviewed – which adds multiple features.
Added to the game are the One-armed Ninja from the original House of Dead Ninjas – the free version of Super House of Dead Ninjas – who deals double damage but can’t use magic. This addition is a nice throw-back to the original game that many may not have even known existed. This character provides a new dynamic on the game when you’re left without magic which is the quickest way of defeating bosses. Are you a True Ninja? Play as the One-armed Ninja and find out!
The True Ninja DLC also adds three new weapons: Death’s Gleaming Scythe, Scorpion’s Hookshot and Tricky Tripwire Bomb. Death’s Gleaming Scythe will kill all monster except bosses in one hit if you time it right, if you don’t, you’ll die. It’s tricky to use, but can be useful as it propels you forward faster than running. Scorpion’s Hookshot mimics the iconic attack of Mortal Kombat’s Scorpion, where he fires a hook to pull enemies in or pull himself forward. Killing enemies with the hookshot doesn’t build rage, so it does have its downside. This weapon is also extremely useful for moving down the floors faster. Tricky Tripwire Bomb throws down a bomb which explodes across the entire floor if you’re touching the red laser. Useful especially for large groups, this bomb requires you to dodge the blast every time. There are also two new items: Dave the Sword Familiar and Kawa-where-me? Dave the Sword Familiar is a little floaty guy that will follow you around and sometimes kill enemies for you. Kawa-where-me? Is an item that will activate upon hit, teleporting you to safety.
All of these items have been added for good reason when you hear the next additions: Speed-run Mode and Boss Rush Mode. Both of which can only be played on Hard difficulty or higher. Speed-run Mode has you race against the clocks. You must traverse the tower in a race against time, while also picking up the clocks to fend off death. Boss Rush Mode puts you against each boss in order with no magic – but shurikens and bombs regenerate. Don’t let this fool you, though, it’s not going to be an easy ride. Each Boss in this mode is more difficult than normal and will make short work of you if you’re not careful.
All-in, for the price, this DLC is great and adds in a lot more re-playability – especially for the speed-running community.