Bowja 3: Ninja Kami
Bowja 3: Ninja Kami is the latest point-and-click adventure from Pencilkids Games, and the third entry in the Bowja series. As the titular ninja, you use your cunning, skill, and handy bow-and-arrow to find an ancient artifact and save the Ninja Spirit, all along the way finding clever ways to defeat the evil purple ninjas who constantly impede you.
The game starts off like an Indiana Jones movie, with Bowja in a WWII-style prop fighter, following a convoy of trucks and jeeps through the desert. After a few well-aimed shots with his bow-and-arrow, he bowls down an enemy jeep and lands the plane on a flat-bed truck. He then battles his way to the front of the convoy to retrieve the ancient artifact and then return it to the Ninja Spirit. But there will be more obstacles to face, more ninjas, and even a giant robot. And even if you make it through this adventure unscathed, there is an entire bonus adventure awaiting your skillful attention.
The gameplay itself is very straight forward. Very simple point-and-click mechanics. Your mouse pointer changes when it rolls over something that you can interact with. The most common interaction for Bowja is firing his bow-and-arrow at something, and you will find that this is the answer to the majority of the puzzles in the game.
Analysis: The Bowja the Ninja point-and-click adventures from Pencilkids Games are, as you might expect, mostly kid friendly. Any violence is purely cartoon in nature. The evil ninjas fall off of moving vehicles, only to bounce up and come back at you. Instead of letting you hack them up ninja-style, your enemies go running for their little purple ninja lives. When you thwart their plans, they shake their little fists and explicative characters appear over their heads. It's all very cute, and makes for a very entertaining game.
Once you figure out the basic interactions (which you will in the first few moments of the game), you can walk through the story pretty unencumbered. If you do something wrong, the worst that happens is you get sent back to the start of the section. There are no lives to be lost, no life to drain. And if you end up getting really stuck for some reason, there is a complete walkthrough only a button-click away. The only limiting factor is a timer with ample supply. Of course, once you complete the game once, the challenge is to try and make it through as quickly as possible.
The animation and graphics in Bowja 3 are excellent. The ninjas are reminiscent of the tiny characters from classics Sensible Soccer and Cannon Fodder. You can even discern emotion from their little faces. The animation is very smooth, and helps to give the game a flowing feeling from one action to the next, to the point that if you know where to click ahead of time, the entire scene plays out almost seamlessly. The scenes themselves are also well drawn, and although they are at the same scale as your tiny ninja, the hotspots are fairly obvious. There is no pixel-hunting here, a source of frustration for many point-and-click adventurers.
Although short on game, the charm of the graphics, animation, and overall feeling of the game more than make up for it. Bowja's latest adventure won't take long to complete, but you'll enjoy the ride while you're there.
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Here's my walkthrough
-Shoot off each lock (3) on the crates;
-Land the plane on truck;
-Open the truck door;
-Throw the truck driver out.
-Bump the truck ahead three times until the ninja falls on yours;
-Shoot ninja so he falls off;
-Shoot the lock of the truck in front of you and drive into the back of the truck;
-Kick the ninja driving the truck out of it.
-Run over the truck in front of you.
-Jump on to the truck ahead of yours;
-Open the chest and grab the Omanari.
-Shoot the lighting bolt on the machine to kill the electricity current;
-Shoot the wagon of hay so it runs over the ninja;
-Jump onto the pile of hay that trapped the ninja;
-Climb the pole connected to the building and click the vault;
-Line up the line on the vault so it connects to the lock, (it goes straight up and down), enter the vault.
-Click on the rocks so it breaks;
-Click on one of the roman numeral stones to jump in the water;
-Click on the right side switch (3 times) and move the switch once to open stone III;
-Go into the newly opened door.
-Click on the wheel and exit back.
-Click back to the switch area and click the switch 3 mote times so it open II door, enter the new door.
-Use the wheel recently acquired to turn the gauge and exit back to the main area.
-Click back to the switch area and click the switch 3 mote times so it open I door, enter the new door.
-Climb up the stairs;
-Shoot the glass on the blue container so it pulls the ninja over to look at it;
-Shoot ninja so he falls in it;
-Shoot the lever so it makes the bridge extend all the way;
-Enter the door, you end up in a machine and click on it.
-Click on the truck full of ninjas to pick it up and drop it;
-Click on the robot to advance.
-Click on the pile of gray rocks to pick up a rock;
-Click on the cannon part of the tank to put the rock in the hole so when it shoots, it blows up;
-Click on the robot to advance.
-Click on the car on the ground;
-Quickly, click the chopper to throw the car before it shoots you;
-Click on the robot to advance.
-Click on the closet bolts holding up the bridge;
-Click on one of the bolts holding up the bridge on the other side;
-It will make you jump out of your robot and run across to the other side;
-Knock out both bolts;
-Click back on your robot;
-Jump on the robot so you and him fall.
-Shoot the chunk of robot holding up the boulder above the robot;
-Click on the stick above your to climb up;
-Climb across by clicking the stick across you;
-Push the boulder on the robot.
-Notice the signs on the door;
-Click on those signs on the machine to the right;
-Shoot the head above the door to open it;
-Enter the cave.
-Notice the letters floating the air;
-The letters spell out Ninja Kami;
-Click on them to spell out Ninja Kami in order;
-N, then i, then n, then j, then a, then K, then a, then m, then i.
-Click on the concrete stairs and you win.
[Edit: Spoiler tags added. -Pam]
Posted by: PW | March 4, 2009 3:48 PM