The power of “n”

Quick question:
What is the most obscure, unimaginative and down-right outrageous name for a video game you’ve ever heard of?

As it turns out, it is allowed to name a game after just one letter from the alphabet – and this is what it is:
(and no, the quotes aren’t included!)

This physics-based platformer – which is more completely known as “The way of the Ninja” – comes with heavy emphasis on skill and hardly any on graphics (our main character is actually just a stick figure), but don’t let that fool you. 
As webcomic xkcd once remarked, the greatest, most powerful gaming systems in the world still cannot match the same addictiveness of tiny flash-based games, and “n” is proof of it.


The objective of this incredibly addictive game is to guide our hero the ninja across a series of diabolical mazes (over a hundred of them in all!) and run, jump, slide through it collecting gold, while avoiding mines, laser beams, homing missiles and other death traps liberally spread throughout the mazes and get to the all elusive exit.
You have an unlimited number of lives to play each level; however as the game remarks: your patience may not be!

It falls in the same category as those embedded-flash browser games we used to sneak into our computer labs back in college, and isn’t any short on the fun part.

It also comes with a comprehensive level editor you can use to make your own mazes and upload them for everyone else to use, but from what I’ve seen, most of the user-created levels are way too difficult and aren’t really all that cool.
Nevertheless, there are some really challenging mazes out there, and even if you don’t want to play the online content there’s plenty to do in the original game.

And here’s the best part: 
The full version of this game is completely free for the PC/mac.
(You can download it from here or here)

And in case you’re really interested – there is also a paid version called “n+” on the PSP.

Now, why am I doing this?
Because I just spent the last 4hours hammering the arrow keys on my laptop trying to beat my own record (and cramping my fingers in the process), and so I want to spread the joy!

Regardless of whether you’re a hardcore gamer or just someone looking to kill time on a slow day at work (or college), this is one game you simply have got to play.
Even if you’re not that much into games.


SindhuBhairavi said...

thanks.. for the detailed info :)

-=A.R.N.=- said...

Thx. :)
Btw, just so you know, I'm not able to comment on your blog...the service tab always returns a blank (and I can't select Google from it).

Would be great if you could fix it..or change the comments format.

Shimmer said...

oh... ahan.... i see
ive played a flash game somewhat like this a few months back.
it was based on gravity and momentum, was very intriguing :D
and i managed to complete all 24 levels in about 5 days time i guess, beating the engineering student who sent the link to me :D hehehehehe :D

Shimmer said...

just for reference... to which level have you reached? :D

-=A.R.N.=- said...

Hope you haven't completed all of "n's" levels already too

My progress?
Well its a little hard to explain given the weird layout of the game. I've just managed to finish 00 and 10, and near the end of 01.
get it?

And hey, have you tried the level editor yet?
Its awesome!!

Btw, my last comment...hope you didn't take it the wrong way.

Dhanya said...

Oh no! I am already killing way too much time to actually start playing this! One of the many reasons why I haven't yet played Farmville - no addictions for me please! :D

A New Beginning said...

Congrats!!Is there a game to generate more time :)really short of it :(

Shimmer said...

your last comment was a little misunderstood. After all, i guess we were talking on different points of view.

-=A.R.N.=- said...

Yeah, I've heard a lot abt Farmville...and MafiaWars. For some reason though, I never got hooked onto facebook games.

Yeah, if only it were real.

I'm sorry :(

SindhuBhairavi said...

ARN.. i checked the comment thing.. i tried it and it was working.. i wonder why it wasnt working when u tried.. i also recieved comments from my other friends.. can u please try one more time and let me know if its still not working.. thanks :)

Darshan Chande said...

I love flash games, too. Recently I have been in love with the game called Orb 2. Have you played it? I suggest you do.

I am downloading this game. Seems interesting to me.. Thanks for this share!

Darshan Chande said...

Hey can you enable the comments embedded below the post? Because here I am not seeing an option to subscribe to comments via email, which shows up in the comments embedded below post... Also, that will be more convenient for users.

Shimmer said...

it is alright :)

-=A.R.N.=- said...

I guess its alright...I guess I have issues on Chrome

Thx for the tip dude; however I tried that and for some reason I'm not able to post comments (to my own blog!) when embedded under the page.

I've changed to full page now (who likes popups anyway); lemme know if this works for you.

Btw, I'm still addicted to 'n'