Ray Ardent: Science Ninja
Bill Nye the Science Guy was certainly an impressive science superhero. So were Mr. Wizard and Beakman. However, there's a new science hero in town, and Ray Ardent: Science Ninja isn't about to be upstaged in this new platform adventure by Ninja Robot Dinosaur Entertainment. Well...unless another team of Science Ninja hear about his escapades, at least...
Move Ray with the [WASD] or the [arrow] keys, jump with the [spacebar] and activate your special ability with [X]. Ray's various ninja powers and abilities all cost Element X6, so grab tokens to restore it. The goal of each stage is to head toward an Element X6 portal as quickly as possible while avoiding dinosaurs, leaping over bottomless pits and racing the clock.
There are 15 levels available in Ray Ardent: Science Ninja. Many will reward you with upgrades such as double jumping and dashing. You've got a limited number of slots to equip upgrades, but some levels will award you with more slots. Many upgrades work automatically when equipped, but others are more powerful require you to press [X] to activate them.
Ray Ardent uses pixel art to depict its courageous scientific hero, the terrifying dinosaurs he battles and the badlands his adventures take place in. It's fairly minimalist but effective. There's never any problem with seeing what's going on or discerning collectibles from enemies. There's also an amusing storyline that loosely ties the levels together, though the objective is always to go from right to left as quickly as possible.
Analysis: Ray Ardent: Science Ninja uses its hilarious concept to full effect which helps makes it a memorable game. Ray's got a variety of scientific voice clips that he shouts out at every opportunity, for example. Expect to die a few times at first because you can't stop laughing at his antics.
It's difficult to die otherwise, though, since this is a fairly easy game devoted to finishing levels quickly rather than challenging you with impossible situations and hordes of monsters. Replaying levels to find a quicker and more effective way through can be rewarding once you've found new upgrades.
All in all, Ray Ardent: Science Ninja is a solid platformer with a nice coat of polish that sets it apart from the rest. Platform fans should certainly give it a shot. Just remember: always respect the awe-inspiring power...of SCIENCE!