Move over Way of the Exploding Fist as a new game is fighting to take your belt. Titled as Okinawa Rush and developed by David Miller, Steve Miller and Gary Angelone, this is a seriously cool ninja beat em up based platformer, that is in development for PC with a possible Kickstarter to come. In this game you play as the experienced martial artist Hiro Yashima, who has honed his skills to a supernatural level. But after coming across his murdered wife, and kidnapped children by the evil ninja's known as the Black Mantis clan who were looking for the legendary training scroll, he must find them and seek vengeance!
I don't often say this, but Okinawa Rush is a rather special breed of game. You don't just jump in and expect to win all the battles, but the game gives you the chance to upgrade your skills by training at a dojo with some rather special moves. It feels as if every punch or kick counts and I spent half the time hitting the punching bag as some crazed uncontrolled animal just trying to work out what trick I could pull off next. Yet even when that was done, I had a quick visit it to the shop and felt at peace before the battle was going to begin.
And what a battle it was too, this game or shall I say demo had me hooked. The graphics are gorgeously retro styled with rain falling from the sky, the character animations and character details are just sublime, and those fighting combos you could pull off *WOW!*. I mean seriously, I don't think I've ever played a game like this with so many different moves, more especially the flaming punch sending Ninja's slamming into the nearest wall. I could go on and on about how much fun I had in this demo and how good it looks and sounds but I don't want to spoil it, It's just so so good! I can't wait until the full game is released as it's only a stage 1 demo but for now I'm going back to it, there's diamonds to pick up, people to rescue and enemies to fight.
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