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on September 26, 2009
The title "Mini Ninjas" screamed "shovel ware" to me, but that turned out to be far from the truth. "Mini Ninjas" boasts fun game play and very good visual designs. There isn't a deep story -- just enough to get you started on your quest to rescue other ninjas to add to your roster, find spells to add to your arsenal, defeat bosses and complete the game.
Even though the game is available on multiple platforms, using the Wii remote to point during attacks makes the game feel native to the console. Waggle is used for a few fairly logical actions and kept to a minimum. The cartoon style of the game also lends itself to the console very well, with a variety of terrains in times of day. Plenty of little visual touches are apparent through out, from the way your ninjas move to the animals you can inhabit with your ninja power.
There is also a lot of "things" in the game: characters you can play, potions you can mix from objects you find along the way, weapons you can use, spells you can collect and stealth moves you can make. Unfortunately, I found that you can mostly get by in the game with just two of the characters, the health potion, none of the spells and none of the additional weapons. It seems like there's a lot of ideas in the game, but very little of them actually consequential to the game play. Access to your roster and items is also a little clunky, so that's another incentive to not bother with them.
Despite that shortcoming, I still thought the game was fun and visually pleasing. There is no blood in the game, so it's a good game to check out if you're looking for something well-made for the younger set.