Mark of the Ninja

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Mark of the Ninja on Steam

MSRP: $14.99

Platforms: Win, Mac, Linux, XBox 360

Release: 10/16/12

Steam rating: 97% positive


I tend to like the idea of stealth games better than the reality.  I tend be a little clumsy with my controls – whether it be keyboard and mouse or a controller – and clumsiness is the fastest path to death in a stealth game.  So what I’m saying here is, for me, Mark of the Ninja is goddamn hard, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.

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After a couple of short play sessions, I feel pretty confident in my assessment that the Assassin’s Creed Chronicles games took a little bit of inspiration from Mark of the Ninja, and personally, I prefer the look of Klei Entertainment’s version.  The UI manages to be both very clean and fully informative.  Keyboard and mouse control is actually reasonably solid; there is full controller support, but a controller doesn’t feel as mandatory as it does in other games with platforming elements.  There are multiple checkpoints per level, which is great, but there is no save anywhere functionality.

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Although the main story will only take about 8 hours to complete, there’s considerable replay value built in with score challenges and support for different playstyles.  There is also new game plus functionality upon completing the main game.  I definitely can see myself getting my money’s worth here at full price. It’s currently on sale for only $3.74, and Mark of the Ninja is probably the best 2d stealth game available, so if it’s not already part of your Steam library, this would be a fantastic time to pick it up.

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