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Mini Ninjas - Playstation 3

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  • 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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You are the last Ninja that anyone would expect to save the world. Yet that is exactly what you’re called to do when an Evil Samurai Warlord hatches a plan bent on total domination. Use your special Ninja training to battle a magical army of twisted Samurai, ride the rapids of the Great Central River, walk into the very heart of the Lost Volcano, and finally confront the Samurai Warlord in his Evil Fortress of Doom. Play as Hiro and other Mini Ninjas, combining your ninja skills, weapons & kuji magic powers in an epic & challenging adventure to restore harmony to the world.

A single player action/adventure game, Mini Ninjas puts a new spin on the video game favorite, ninja action genre. A kid-friendly game featuring no killing and an engrossing storyline, which players explore via six playable ninja characters, players take on the role of Hiro and the fellow members of his improbable ninja clan as they face an ancient evil that has returned to impose itself on the world. Each ninja utilizes authentic ninja weapons and moves, and possesses his/her own individual skill set, including mysterious "kuji magic" abilities.

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In Mini Ninjas the main character is the small ninja, Hiro. Although he has shown great promise, Hiro is the last ninja that anyone would expect to save the world, yet that is exactly what he is called to do when an evil samurai warlord hatches a plan bent on total world domination. In this plan the evil lord attempts to recapture the dominion he held prior to previously being cast out by creating an army of samurai slaves out of innocent animals. In the process of doing this he also upsets the natural balance of the the world, causing catastrophic storms. This the mini ninjas can not stand for. Armed with authentic ninja weapons and powerful spells, Hiro must rescue the fellow ninjas of his clan who the warlord has captured and then lead them on an exciting journey to battle the magical army of twisted Samurai.

In Mini Ninjas players have their choice of six playable ninja characters, although as the game begins you will be limited to the main character, Hiro, and his comrade, the slow, but strong un-ninja like Futo. As part of the revealing of the storyline, players are tasked with searching out Hiro's fellow ninjas, who at the beginning of the game were sent out to investigate troubles in the land, but never returned. They were captured by the evil warlord. As Hiro and Futo set each of these free, they in turn become playable characters. Each of the six playable characters has unique abilities, and utilizes a variety of ninja-specific weapons, items and moves, as well as "Kuji Magic," which each--especially Hiro--can use to help them against enemies. These uses include classic mana-like blasts, but also more surprising and powerful forms such as the ability to take animal form in time of need.

A New Kind of Ninja
Mini Ninjas is an action adventure game with a fresh take on the ninja fascination that has long been part of video games culture. Designed to be kid-friendly, although the game utilzes realistic ninja weapons and moves, there is no actual killing. Because the evil ninjas and other enemies that players face are actually animals captured by the evil warlord, when they are defeated they revert back to their original animal forms, correcting the imbalance that the plans of the samurai warlord have caused, and ensuring game suitability for all ages of players.

Key Game Features

  • 6 playable Mini Ninjas, each with his own unique strengths and abilities.
  • Authentic ninja weapons and moves.
  • Kuji magic spells that help you control animals, enemies and the powers of nature.
  • Versatile ninja hats that can be used as vehicles and shields.
  • Huge boss battles.
  • No killing – when an enemy is defeated, it’s transformed into its original animal form.
  • Beautiful, distinctive and original art-stylization.

Product Information

Platform:PlayStation 3
Release date September 8, 2009
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4.3 out of 5 stars 81 customer reviews

4.3 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #16,272 in videogames
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Product Dimensions 6.8 x 6.2 x 0.6 inches
Media: Video Game
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Platform for Display: PlayStation 3 Verified Purchase
Over the last 10 years, the video gaming industry has tended toward releasing ever more gussied up versions of Doom. Typical selling points have been realistic gore and hardware pushing eye candy. Mini Ninjas is a great break from that world!

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.
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I admit I was at first turned-off by the somewhat childish cartoon graphic style this game employs, but thankfully I was interested enough to download the demo of this game, and after playing it only a few minutes, I knew I had to buy it. After having bought it and played it through, I can not find anything significantly wrong with this game, so I'm going to call it essentially perfect.

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).
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Bought this game for the kids & hubby after they rented it for a few days. They are all enjoying it. My 5 yr old likes it so much he kept asking to play it but with limited screen time it took him a little while to work his way through the game. I don't personally play but I watch and I also think the way the Samari say Mini Nijas is funny. :) Enjoyable game. Not too complicated but hard enough to teach a lesson to the kids to keep trying something even if they aren't good at it.
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I have to admit... I am not a gamer at all. My reviews are solely based on the interest my kids (including my husband) shows on any given game AND if they CONTINUE to play and advance through the games.
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!
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My husband and I really enjoyed this game. It was relaxing for the most part and the game play was rather fun. You can sneak around in the grass or as animals to check out areas ahead or to find items. You can be an archer on a roof and take down enemies at a distance. You can highlight a number of enemies at once and attack all of them very quickly. PLUS, you are turning bad guys back into animals, so it does not feel violent at all - more fun or adventurous. My husband replays the game all the time just for the fun of it.

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.
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