So, this is a Naruto game. There was no indication on its Google Play page that this was a Naruto game. Makes me think Arashi Adventure is leaning on the unofficial side of the franchise. Even if it is, Qing Cao did not disappoint with this RPG. As soon as you’re past the loading page, your phone screen is filled with all different kinds of images and information. However, the game still takes time to show you the ropes before letting you run wild.
You can’t fight if you don’t have ninjas. Arashi Adventure offers two ways to summon them. Basic summon nets you low ranking ninja, i.e. those with one to three stars. Premium summon earns ninjas with four to five stars, marking them as the most powerful. The more powerful ninjas are, of course, Naruto, Sakura and Kakashi, among other main characters. Those least powerful are usually side characters like a generic Hidden Leaf ninja and Ebizou. Both summons have one free daily summon. To get more than one ninja at a time, you need summoning tickets, which look like scrolls. Those tickets can be found in a few ways. Besides AFK rewards, there’s also raiding, quests and missions, along with several different mini games. Ninjas can also be earned with ninja shards. These are found the same way as summoning tickets. But there’s more to the game than just summoning ninjas.
Fighting is a mainstay in this RPG, and there are many fights to engage in. First, there’s the AFK battle. Divided into chapters, AFK follows the main story, though there’s not much of one. Tap the Boss button to start a fight and watch your ninjas duke it out with randomly generated enemies. Though you can only use five ninjas at a time, that’s usually all you need to win. Every victory earns numerous rewards like EXP, Ninja EXP, silvers, gear and tier-up orbs. Regular EXP increases your player level, while Ninja EXP levels up your ninjas. Silvers are silver coins also needed to upgrade your ninjas. If there’s too little silvers or Ninja EXP, upgrading can’t be done. Gear varies from weapons to attire, including headgear and boots. Also used to increase you ninjas powers, gear can look like anything, such as kunai, obi, clan headbands and bond boots.
All gear is divided into colors and star ranks. This means that any gear in green, no matter how many stars it has, is the weakest. Gear in red, however, is the strongest. If you have multiples of the same gear, they can be used to craft stronger gear, if you have enough silvers. A special kind of gear can be added to your team to assist them in battle; this is called a Sage Tool. There are five different Sage Tools you can use: the Bashōsen, Seven Stars Sword, Gold Rope, Red Gourd and Purifying Pot. Each has different abilities to help your team in battle. Beyond gear, tier-up orbs also level up your ninja. After ninjas reach certain levels, like 30 and 50, the right number of orbs are needed to continue upgrading. Sometimes a ninja will unlock a new skill after a tier-up, further advancing their power.
While Arashi Adventure has many options to pay real money for materials, they’re not necessary. This is mostly due to an abundance to quests and missions. There are daily and weekly quests that are simple to complete. For example, merely logging in earns 20 units of gold, while accepting three missions earns over 40,000 silvers. Completing enough quests sometimes wins you trophies, like reaching a certain player level or having a specific amount of gear. Trophies also give gold and silvers. When it comes to missions, even having low-level ninjas can help. All ninjas are divided into elements, like wind, water, fire, yin and yang. Each mission has different star and elemental requirements. An example would be a mission needing a three-star ninja along with fire and wind elements. One or two ninjas are usually enough to get a mission going and they can last from one to eight hours.
In addition to quests and missions, the game offers so many other ways to get rewards. Battle other real players in the arena and brawl a team of AI while climbing the ninja tower. Also, tapping the Test button brings daily trials, land of trials, relics and ninja the legend. All unique mini games with different reward potential. There is the option to skip watching the fights, but they’re so professionally animated and fluid you almost don’t want to. Besides all the battles, there’s also the mystery shop and lucky wheel. Both will have a random selection of rewards to earn or purchase for gold and silvers. You run through your currency rather quickly, but you gain it back just as fast.
Overall, Arashi Adventure was a pleasant surprise. Though a potentially unofficial Naruto RPG, it’s so chock full of content I doubt players will care. Numerous ways to fight and earn rewards guarantee that hours will be lost on this beautiful game.
Is It Hardcore?
Overflowing with ways to play and top-tier graphics make for an addicting RPG experience for players of all kinds.