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About the Product
- First E-rated game by renowned storyline and character-driven developer, IO Interactive, makers of Hitman and Kane & Lynch.
- Epic adventure appealing to all ages. No killing. When an enemy is defeated it is transformed into its original innocent animal form, restoring balance.
- Beautiful, distinct, highly appealing and original art style.
- A motley crew of 6 playable characters: Hiro, Futo, Suzume, Tora, Shun & Kunoichi.
- Play as Mini Ninjas with cool ninja weapons, moves and powerful spells.
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The back story in Mini Ninjas is a simple one. You are among the last of the ninjas left and you must find out what has happened to the others. It is a bit predictable, right down to an "evil master", but the simplicity actually helps. The world of Mini Ninjas is basically Kung Fu Panda meets Lord of the Rings. You travel through a fantasy land filled with forests, rivers, mountains and valleys, but also peasants, villages, dojos, and temples. There is a bit of mild humor as well as a tad bit of stereo typing ancient East Asian (Japanese) culture, but not so much as to offend. The graphics are well done and in a 3d animation style reminiscent of Pixar. The story and play evolve just enough to keep a general player interested without creating confusion. In a move of genius, the IO Interactive managed to temper any violence in the game with back story - enemies a player defeats do not "die", but rather revert back to their innocent animal selves right in front of the player. This greatly broadens the age group the game is appropriate for and may also be appealing to the older gamer who is simply looking for some clean fun. There are trophies and optional side quests - some rather difficult. The control configuration is easy to pick up and intuitive if you are playing on a console you are familiar with.
That said, there are a few blemishes. The MSRP for PS3 and Xbox is a tad higher than deserved, however, the street price (~10 USD less at the time of writing) is justified. This is also not a game for speed players.Read more ›
It has a perfect control scheme, which I don't really see anyone else talk about, but which I consider very important, so let me describe it briefly:
Left stick controls your character, as in many other games
Right stick controls the camera, which I really like, and has option to invert, which is even better
Square is normal attack
Triangle is special attack
X is jump
Circle is sprint which consumes energy to run fast
L1 brings up a quick character selection menu
Holding L2 makes the character sneak
R1 brings up a quick item/spell menu, that selects which item/spell is activated by pressing...
R2 activates selected item/spell (can include shuriken, spells, potions, bombs)
R3 toggles the hat-boat item
I've been playing games since 1980 on the Commodore Vic-20, and my favorite games of the past have been Mario and Maximo games, but this game is easily as good as those games, in my opinion. It has a perfectly balanced play control scheme, well balanced difficulty that is fun, but not too hard to frustrate the player, with the default game difficulty being perfect for non-gamers, and the Hard mode preferred for players with more experience under their belts (though even that mode isn't too hard).Read more ›
This game is a hit at my house.
As long as everybody leaves me alone, I know their interest is held. As long as I don't hear any arguing or fussing, I know a strategy is being put together in their minds on how to defeat the bad guys.
My kids are 8 , 11, 16, and 39 and this game fits all of them!
HOWEVER there are four flaws to the game.
#1- one of the last levels consists of sliding down the mountain.. which is more of a free-fall race against an avalanche. I found this level impossible to beat... it even took my husband months to beat it for me. It was frustrating, annoying, and frankly should never have been included in the game. I really do not like games that are inconsistent in game play.
#2- the way to beat the bosses was WAY too prescribed. We should have had to use our brains to determine which of our collected powers to use on a boss and in what order... instead of just performing prescribed tapping of keys on the controller.
#3- most of the enemies are silly in one way or another and turn back into animals, so they are hardly scary which is a really good thing - BUT the skeletal ghosts that sucked out your life in the cemetery was NOT in the playful spirit of the rest of the game. They made me jump out of my skin every time even if i knew they were there.
#4- I wish the game was longer or had more secret puzzles to discover etc... I mean this game was pretty short compared to most of the games I play. I know its meant to be a kids game... but I mostly only play kids games... so this game could have been MUCH longer in my opinion.
Overall, I loved playing the game and all I want is a sequel to buy... but I want my complaints known so they don't include those in the sequel.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
One of the best kid appropriate games of all time. Good learning curve for under 8.Published 8 days ago by Jeremiah White
Cute game n my kids love it.. but its impossible to find everything u need in every level! Plus the game just doesnt last that long to me.. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Tkos61
Great product at a great price. I got this for my 10 year old to give to him as a Christmas gift.Published 9 months ago by Terry Fletcher
Item was as advertised and received in excellent condition. I am very happy with it and would recommend it to others.Published 10 months ago by Boomer
Bought this for my grandson and he can't stop playing it. In fact, he and his brother figured out how to play the game together. Definitely great for young children.Published 11 months ago by J. Barnard