About this project
Ninjitsu! is a quick and simple card game suitable for ninjas as young as 8. A sequel to last year's hit game Scuttle!, the two games can be played separately or shuffled together for pirate-ninja mayhem!
Ninjitsu! takes 5-10 minutes to play, and each game is totally different.
All stretch goals unlocked, including:
- 10 additional promo cards, which won't be available in the retail copy of the game!
- A free additional expansion for anyone backing at the NINJA MASTER level or higher!
- Linen-finish cards, tuck boxes for the expansions, and a larger, sturdier box!
- 8 unique arts added to the base game + expansions!
All pledges at the NINJA MASTER level or higher will get a free copy of Heavy Weather, a new 14-card expansion that adds fun weather effects to the game!
"Simultaneously simple, devious, and rich in strategy...a great game for anyone of any age." - GeekDad
"Ninjitsu! is simple, to the point, fast, and fun...expect this game to surprise you with its stealthy entertainment." - Father Geek
"It’s a great game. Definitely check this one out - if you own Scuttle!, this is a must-buy.” - Brian's Got Game
"Suitable and interesting for all ages...Ninjitsu! excels." - Plumpy Thimble
"I was impressed with the level of complexity in such a simple package." - Peace Love & Games
"The kids can enjoy it, the parents can enjoy it - it's just all round fun and cute!" - The Kwaranteen
"An aggressive, fun, and addictive punk rock experience. The Ramones would love this game." - Nonstop Tabletop
“I really enjoyed the game - looking forward to playing some more!” - Stephane
“It’s a twist on some of the old, classic card games…it makes it new and fun and adds some new mechanics.” - Tracy
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Each turn in Ninjitsu! is simple - you either play a card, draw 2 cards, or swipe a treasure from an opponent. That’s it! Cards can be played as treasure or as an action. Every card has a different ability, and the first player to reach 21 treasure is the winner.
Ninjitsu! is fully compatible with Scuttle! - just shuffle the two games together and you're ready to go! It introduces hidden treasures, which are played face-down in front of you. These can be stolen by your opponents, but watch out! Some hidden treasures are trapped; swipe the wrong card, and pay the consequences!
Everyone who gets the game through Kickstarter will also be sent a special promo card: Jellybean Ninja.
This colorful character lets you guess what treasure you’re stealing. If you’re correct, you are rewarded with a great bounty!
Our stretch goals will unlock other promo cards as well - check out the stretch goal chart below!
Like all Jellybean Games, Ninjitsu! is simple enough for young gamers to enjoy, but with enough strategy to engage grown-ups as well. The hidden treasures add a unique bluffing element to the game and keep everyone engaged at all times.
Is that treasure going to guarantee your opponent victory...or is it a carefully laid trap? There’s only one way to find out!
The Traps! expansion offers 14 new cards, including a whole new type of trap: cards with long-lasting effects! Stealing treasure has never been so risky, with new traps which prevent you from drawing, swiping, or even playing hidden treasures of your own!
With more treasure, more ninjas (the fiendish Master of Tricks, the devious Master Thief, and the dastardly Master of Escape) and more ways to bamboozle your opponents, this Ninjitsu! expansion will totally change the way you play the game.
An ancient grimoire has been uncovered, unleashing the secrets of elemental magic! These 15 cards add a unique twist to the game, and can be shuffled into any game of Ninjitsu! OR Scuttle! to add a little magic touch.
Give yourself the power of Flight, Alchemy, Healing, and more! The magical tome’s abilities will leave your opponents stunned as you duplicate your cards, transmute treasures, and invisibly steal their cards…
Combining either Traps! or the Supernatural expansion with Ninjitsu! adds the fourth suit to the game, which means the game can be used as a standard deck of playing cards.
Seize the powers of the elements with these unique player abilities! Master the forces of nature to crush your opponents.
At the start of each game, each player is dealt an element - they choose which of the two elemental powers to use and play the rest of the game with that ability.
Will you use the powers of Fire to protect your treasure, or to steal cards from your opponents? Will your Earthly abilities give you a boost at the start of the game, or grow your treasures? Will the power of Heart be enough to overcome your opponents? There’s only one way to find out!
We have unlocked ALL of our stretch goals! Thank you so much for your support!
UNLOCKED - $3,000 - FUNDED: Ninjitsu! and its expansions are going to be printed and sent out to backers, along with the promo Jellybean Ninja card!
UNLOCKED - $5,000 - CAPTAIN BLUEBEARD: We've added an additional promo card: Captain Bluebeard! This piratey fellow has the ability to steal all of an opponent's hidden treasures in one fell swoop!
UNLOCKED - $7,000 - UPGRADED BOX: The box for Ninjitsu! has been upgraded to a strong, sturdy, telescoping box, with the same dimensions as Scuttle!'s box.
UNLOCKED - $9,000 - UPGRADED CARD QUALITY: We'll be making the cards sturdier, thicker, and easier to shuffle!
UNLOCKED - $11,000 - LINEN-FINISH CARDS: The Ninjitsu! cards will be given a gorgeous linen finish.
UNLOCKED - $13,000 - NINJA TURTLE PROMO: What does every game with ninjas need? Turtles!
UNLOCKED - $15,000 - FALSE FLOOR PROMO: We've unlocked another promo card. These cards won't be available in retail copies of the game, and will come in an exclusive Promo Pack!
UNLOCKED - $20,000 - THE ELEMENTS EXPANDED: Another promo card has been unlocked. This card will be a new player power for The Elements mini-expansion: Elemental Magic!
UNLOCKED - $30,000 - THE ELEMENTS DOUBLE-SIDED: The Elements mini-expansion will now be double-sided: two powers on every card, including the newly-unlocked Magic ability!
UNLOCKED - $40,000 - NEW ACES: Each Ace in the base game will be unique!
UNLOCKED - $50,000 - EXPANSIONS IN TUCK BOXES: The two expansions will come in cool unique tuck boxes, each of them big enough to house the whole game!
UNLOCKED - $60,000 - HEAVY WEATHER MINI-EXPANSION: All backers at the NINJA MASTER level and above will get a FREE copy of the Heavy Weather mini-expansion!
UNLOCKED $65,000 - HEAT WAVE ADDED TO HEAVY WEATHER: We're adding another card to the Heavy Weather mini-expansion; the Heat Wave! This card slows down the player with the most cards in play.
UNLOCKED $70,000 - UNIQUE ART ON BOTH SIDES OF THE ELEMENTS: We have now DOUBLED the amount of art in The Elements mini-expansion, with unique art on each side of each card - including the MAGIC promo card!
UNLOCKED - $75,000 - HURRICADE ADDED TO HEAVY WEATHER: Hurricane has been added to the Heavy Weather mini-expansion. The Hurricane makes all players shuffle a card into the deck, as well as mixing up the entire weather deck!
UNLOCKED - $80,000 - RAINBOW ADDED TO HEAVY WEATHER: Rainbow has been added into the Heavy Weather mini-expansion; this generous card gives each players TWO ACTIONS per turn...but no one can win the game until it leaves play!
UNLOCKED - $87,796 - THREE MORE NINJA TURTLES: We're adding THREE MORE Ninja Turtles as promos, one for each suit! These tricky fellows will let you take vital actions out of turn!
UNLOCKED - $89,188 - VAMPIRE NINJA PROMO: If we can beat our all-time Kickstarter record (currently held by Dracula's Feast), we'll add another promo to the game - the Vampire Ninja!
UNLOCKED - $95,000 - BLIZZARD ADDED TO HEAVY WEATHER: We have added another weather card to Heavy Weather. The Blizzard is a real equalizer, giving all players the same number of cards in hand as the player with the fewest cards!
Heavy Weather is now a full-sized expansion!
UNLOCKED - $100k - TWO HEAVY WEATHER PROMO CARDS ADDED: We've added Aurora Borealis and Ball Lightning to the promo pack, two promo cards for the Heavy Weather expansion!
(NOTE: We are currently experiencing an error with our pledge levels: if you're pledging for the NINJA MASTER pledge level from the US, please pick the first reward level - the one with the itemized list! If you're pledging from outside the US, please select the second one!)
$1 - APPRENTICE: Support the project! This will let you keep up with the project updates, and give you access to the pledge manager.
$9 - NINJA: Just the game! This level will get you a copy of Ninjitsu!, the Promo Pack. ($5 shipping US, $10 international.)
$14 - SHINOBI: The game + either expansion! This will get you a copy of Ninjitsu! and either the Supernatural expansion or the Traps! expansion. This pledge level also includes the Promo Pack. ($5 shipping US, $10 international.)
$19 - NINJA MASTER: The game + both expansions! Get Ninjitsu!, both expansions, and a copy of the mini-expansion The Elements. This pledge level also includes the Promo Pack, and a FREE third expansion - Heavy Weather - unlocked through stretch goals. ($5 shipping US, $10 international.)
$39 - PIRATE NINJA: Both games + all expansions! Get Ninjitsu!, both expansions, the mini-expansion The Elements, Scuttle!, and both Scuttle! expansions! This pledge level also includes the Promo Pack, and a FREE third expansion - Heavy Weather - unlocked through stretch goals. ($5 shipping US, $10 international.)
$49 - ONIWABAN: Three copies of the game + both expansions! Three copies of Ninjitsu!, three copies of Traps!, three copies of the Supernatural expansion, three copies of The Elements, and three copies of the Promo Pack and three copies of the FREE third expansion - Heavy Weather - unlocked through stretch goals. ($10 shipping US, $15 international.)
$99 - WAR: Three copies of both games + all expansions! Three copies of Ninjitsu! and both expansions, three copies of Scuttle! and both expansions, and three copies of The Elements, the Promo Pack and three copies of the FREE third expansion - Heavy Weather - unlocked through stretch goals. ($10 shipping US, $15 international.)
$499 - BECOME A NINJA: Appear on a card! A copy of Ninjitsu!, both expansions, The Elements, the Promo Pack, the Heavy Weather expansion, PLUS Kelly will draw you onto one of the game's cards. You'll get a copy of the digital file, and your card will be included in the Promo Pack. (Free worldwide shipping)
$999 - NINJA CLAN: Your whole family on a card! A copy of Ninjitsu!, both expansions, The Elements, the Promo Pack, the Heavy Weather expansion, and Kelly will draw you and three others onto a card! You'll get a copy of the digital file, and your card will be included in the Promo Pack. (Free worldwide shipping)
If you'd like additional copies of Ninjitsu! or Scuttle!, simply increase your pledge, and the extra items will be added into your order when the campaign closes.
$10 - Ninjitsu! add $10 to your pledge to get an additional copy of Ninjitsu! and the Promo Pack.
$20 - Ninjitsu! + expansions: Add $20 to your pledge to get an additional copy of Ninjitsu!, all three expansions, The Elements, and the Promo Pack.
$20 - Scuttle! + expansions: Add $20 to your pledge to get a copy of Scuttle! with both expansions
I love Kickstarter. I've backed many of my favorite games through the platform, and thanks to the community we built with our previous projects, Jellybean Games is able to continue its mission: to make family-friendly games for everyone.
Ninjitsu! is our fourth game, and we’re so excited to share it with everyone. But without your support, we can’t make it! As you can see from the review copies, the game is fully designed, the rules rule, and the art is all complete; all we want now is your help to print the game and distribute it around the world.
Ninjitsu! is the fifth project from Jellybean Games. The company was formed to bring you awesome experiences for gamer kids (and their parents) which can also be enjoyed by the wider gaming community.
Our aim is to make games for kids that grown-ups love.
All the money we raise will go towards making Ninjitsu! even better, and furthering development on all our future games.
If you like the game, please support the project (every dollar helps!) and tell your friends...especially if they have kids, know kids, love kids, or love great games and gorgeous art!
Risks and challenges
Our first game, Scuttle!, delivered on-time to most backers (and only slightly late to the rest).
Our second game, Dracula’s Feast, is now shipping.
Our third game, The Lady and the Tiger, is about to hit the printer.
We have learned a lot of valuable lessons from our first few campaigns, and we are confident that this game will arrive by the anticipated delivery date at the very latest. The game has been going through playtesting for months now, and the vast majority of the art is complete.
Once the campaign wraps up, all we need to do is put the finishing touches on everything, and send it to the printer!
We are renowned for keeping our backers in the loop through our comprehensive updates. When you back a Jellybean Games campaign, you know you’re in good hands!
As well as that, we are offering a money-back guarantee. If you decide that Ninjitsu! isn’t for you within a month of receiving it, you can return it for a full refund, no questions asked.
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