The presentation is sleek and has not changed from the original games. Simplistic is probably the best description of how this game looks as you are literally playing as a stick figure. All the items, platforms and enemies are simplistic yet defined and easy to recognise meaning that you are always able to see what is happening on screen, especially with the contrasting colour choices. The game is also incredibly smooth, as it should be for a game of this type. Your character moves with incredible slickness and everything just moves and functions so smoothly that I never saw a hint of slowdown making the game run beautifully and really added to its presentation overall. The music too is great with various quiet and excitement inducing techno soundtracks that try not to distract you from the gameplay but instead just provide a nice atmosphere for you to play in. The best part about all of this however is that you are able to change this all on the fly. By clicking the left shift key you can choose what colours are used by the environments/characters and you can even choose what music you want playing from the selection the game provides you. A game that lets you completely customise how it looks and sounds is always a good one in my books.
The gameplay itself has not changed in the slightest since the original inception of N. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it I suppose. Each level contains a unique challenge and through the opening levels you are slowly introduced to more and more items and mechanics that will be put into common use in later levels. Your character is capable of doing all the things a ninja would be expected to do; wall jump, run fast and leap over large distances. The controls are solid and although this game was meant for a controller (with some menus in the PC port still having button prompts rather than keyboard prompts) it still feels good on PC, especially considering you can change your controls to however you like, and even use a plug in controller! The best part about this gameplay is just how good it makes you feel when you pull off an incredible set of moves to get to the end of the level. By jumping off various small platforms and falling with pin point precision into a hole where the door is, you feel amazing for pulling this off. That’s not all, however, as this game provides so much content it’s almost insane. Firstly, there is local co-op for up to four players on the same keyboard meaning that you and your friends can try your hand at taking on the various levels the game offers, with the game actually having several levels dedicated to the co-op feature. A race mode where you can play against your friends to finish a level the quickest. An in built level editor so you can create your own designs and even publish them online. Finally, there is the level browser which is just such a genius idea. Having this level browser integrated into the main menu itself means that it’s easy to get into a custom made map and spend hours looking for and failing at other people’s levels. There are also various social features that allow you to favourite maps or even specific creators to keep up to date with the new maps that they create. There is so much content here that you could feasibly play this game for eternity with the amount of levels there are.