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World of Ninjas is a minimalist 2D top-down stealth game, somewhere between “Commandos” and “Hotline Miami” but with a ninja theme, where you can create your own levels.


I made this game during holidays, when I needed a break from my "big" project "A Thief's Melody". I wanted to do something short, like 1 week dev. Actually, it ended up being 2 weeks with the little polish and fix here and there, but it was OK.

I challenged myself to code a A* star path planning in destructible environments that ran in real time (I had to implement time slicing because my PC wasn't good enough).

Game Rules

  • Goal: On each level, get the sword(s) and escape far away from the buildings (in any direction you want). Just get far enough (in reality you have to leave the level area).
  • Controls: arrows or [zqsd] + space + mouse. By default it’s AZERTY-friendly, but you can change the config in 5s on the splash screen. You can mouse wheel to zoom in/out.

Level Editor

  • Use Paint or whatever image software you like to create a PNG file with a black background in the “Levels” directory. Levels don’t need to be huge to be fun; 100x100px is already enough, but you can create whatever size you want.
  • Blue pixel (0,0,255): player (it’s the minimum requirement for a level to be playable)
  • Red Pixel (255,0,0): enemy. Don’t put too much of them, it can slow down the game, but it depends on the power of your computer…
  • Yellow Pixel (255,255,0): path for the enemies. An enemy will follow a path if he’s just NEXT TO a yellow pixel. You can use a single yellow pixel to make an enemy move to it an look in that direction.
  • Grey Pixel (128,128,128): wall
  • White Pixel (255,255,255): goal (sword). You can set multiple goals if you want
  • Purple 1 (255,0,255) : life bonus
  • Purple 2 (255,64,255) : ammo bonus
  • Purple 3 (255,128,255) : bomb bonus
  • Purple 4 (255,192,255): mine bonus
  • Green (0,255,128): a cherry tree :)

Don’t hesitate to check out the available levels to get an idea of the color use. Be careful, you need to use the exact color codes (R,G,B) described above.

Rated 5.0 out of 5 stars
(1 total ratings)
AuthorOneiric Worlds
Tags2D, Difficult, Minimalist, Short, Stealth, Top-Down


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World of Ninjas - Windows 12 MB

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