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Kairosoft plus ninjas. Now that the die-hard fans are already stampeding to the Play Store, the rest of you can stick around and find out why you should play Ninja Village. The previously Japan-only title is now available to the English-speaking world, bringing Kairosoft's familiar, pixelated spin on city-building and battling to the well-trodden Edo Period setting. Those of you who've played Epic Astro Story should find the game familiar.

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The style of the game closely follows Kairobotica, tasking the player to build a city for their ninja clan with various structures to train, equip and deploy tiny killing machines. Your army is customizable with infantry, cavalry, and artillery units, and each one can be equipped to your liking... at least one option appears to be a mounted Gatling gunner in a bunny suit. In between laying down the hurt on other clans via real-time battles, your town will gain wealth and prosperity by hawking wares to passers-by. A little bit of animal training (a la Beastie Bay) is included for good measure.

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The developer seems to have abandoned its brief liaison with the free-to-play model - Ninja Village has the same $4.99 price that most of the previous Kairosoft titles held. The game has no ads or in-app purchases.

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • http://twitter.com/lusky3 lusky3

    I'll stick around and fins out.

  • Jason

    Another instant-buy for me...

  • http://twitter.com/s99nj S. Ali

    Great, another kariosoft game exactly like 300 other versions. Kariosoft = Zynga

    • Jason

      Then don't download and GTFO...

    • notalive

      The main difference is that all of Kairosoft's games are awesome.

    • Cherokee4Life

      you make a valid point. It is getting really repetitive.. but for some reason I have been hooked since Game Dev Story (still my favorite).

  • nobody

    I thought at first it will be like naruto village, lol

  • http://www.facebook.com/mikkelg Mikkel Georgsen

    Another game from Kairosoft and most 'fans' still await Game Dev Story 2 more than anything.

  • primalxconvoy

    I really wanted to get into kairobotica, but the menu/control layout, like many Japanese menu designs, was confusing and ill thought out, IMO.

  • Qliphah

    Dungeon Village nearly ruined my life, I don't think my wife could take ninjas at this point.