Cyjin: The Cyborg Ninja – An Overview
Editor note: Since posting this article the Kickstarter campaign has successfully reached its goal. Meaning no further pledges will be accepted. However, you can still follow the progress of this project via Kickstarter should you be interested.
WASD or arrow keys – that’s all you don’t need. Who needs a keyboard to play when you got the mouse? That’s right, this is the platformer game where you test you speed and reflexes with just a mouse. Strap yourselves in for the fast-paced action game of Cyjin: The Cyborg Ninja.
What To Expect in Cyjin: The Cyborg Ninja
Skill. Speed. Precision. All qualities needed to get the job done. Cyjin: The Cyborg Ninja offers no mercy when it comes to playing. With its fast-paced gameplay and challenging difficulty, this is no game for the faint-hearted. It is very reminiscent of Klang 2 and God Strike’s reliance on your reflex’s and limited time to decide on a course of action.
Aiya Games is developing this game with support from Aaron Lee. Aiya Games are a game studio based in Bangkok, Thailand and built together by passionate gamer developers. Their goal is to develop great games though combining the feel of retro games into the modern platformer mechanics. This is a goal we have noticed in various other indie developers. Could this be the era of retro revival?
The player takes control of the titular protagonist: a cyborg ninja known as Cyjin. Cyjin is abandoned and left to rust in a robot graveyard, after being beaten by their arch-nemesis: The Shōgun. Through some miracle, your spark remained and you awaken from your near-death experience. Your path is clear – you must fight your way to avenge your own death.
Aiya games bring forward a beautiful combination, both in genre and style. With a gorgeous blend of neon-cyberpunk and ancient oriental look, the game shapes up quite the theme. From the deep junkyard wastelands to the grimy industrial factories, The Cyborg Ninja creates a world of extraordinary gloom and fragility for the players to delve into.
The Gameplay of Cyjin: Cyborg Ninja
Simplicity and difficulty is the aim of the gameplay. Aiya Games say that their aim is to create a game that is user-friendly to everyone, but still conveys the challenge aspect that few will beat. The game forces you to realise that although controlling your character is easy, passing through the levels is not. I guess that’s one way to do that… the other is dying dark souls style.
Using only your mouse, you must navigate through various levels of enemies and boss fights to progress through the story. Simply move you mouse to the direction you want to jump to and click to activate your leap. But that’s easier said than done, timing and precision is everything here – one miscalculation could mean life or death.
Whether its snipers, factory bots, or cyborg-samurais; you’ll come across a plethora of bad guys trying to kill you. You can strike your enemies at high impact speed to destroy them by using your accelerated dash action. But enemies aren’t the only obstacles in your way. Mental obstacles also come across in your journey, as you will encounter fast-thinking and strategic puzzles that will test your reaction and timing.
Kickstarter And Release Information
A Kickstarter to acquire funding for their dream game. They need £3,585 of funding to reach their goal. From the time of writing this article, £3,571 has been raised by 79 backers across the world (mainly from Thailand). They have until Wednesday 14th July 2021 at 5:01 AM BST to acquire 100% of funding or lose out on their existing backers.
The game is expected to release on PC through Steam, with a possible release on the Nintendo Switch after launch. The game’s release date is currently TBA, with no current pricing (except for Kickstarter tiers). You can keep updated through their Kickstarter updates and twitter page.
Our Opinion of Cyjin: Cyborg Ninja
Cyjin: Cyborg Ninja provides a beautiful contrast in gameplay to us. Simple controls but challenging gameplay – this is a combination that synergises incredibly well. The simplicity allows for all types of gamers to join in, but its difficulty means only few will survive the onslaught. It also adds to the discussion that simple controls don’t necessarily make a bad game.
With its outstanding level design and tricky puzzles, this game will keep you staying sharp as well as keeping fast. Between your natural reflexes of dodging and your quick-thinking ability to solve obstacles, this game will keep your on your toes for a long time. We reckon that trial and error is another big part of this game.
A mix-match of cyberpunk and orientalism creates potential to see the artwork of combining the two. We hope that the world is done justice with its influences on those themes through colours, sounds, and sights. That also goes for the story; with a classic tale of vengeance and journey on our hands, we hope our protagonist will learn what it means to possess skills from their past and the future.
We wish the best of success to the company and hope they can bring this game to life. With their goal so close to the finish line, it will be amazing to see what high tier backers add to the game as well. A collaboration between the developers and the fans interests us in their joined teamwork of ideas.