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  • Summary: Prepare yourself for a Ninja adventure like you have never seen before! Join Hiro, the smallest hero on the biggest adventure, as he embarks on an epic and electrifying quest to restore harmony to a world on the brink of chaos. Use your skills and mighty Ninja training to battle a magical army of evil Samurai. Harness the power of your Kuji magic and utilise the special skills of your Mini Ninja friends as you travel through a perilous world to reach the final confrontation with the Evil Samurai Warlord in his Fortress of Doom. Expand
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  1. A visual and aural feast. [Dec 2009, p.98]
  2. Developers of family games often do hackwork and resort to oversimplification. IO Interactive didn’t succumb to temptation and made a game that stands head and shoulders above its rivals.
  3. 80
    Even though Mini Ninjas might not be as in-depth or content heavy as its modern peers, it's still a beautiful, fun game that opens up ninja culture to kids.
  4. Six little ninjas have to save animals and fight an evil samurai warlord. Each of the ninjas has its own special ability, like stopping time, playing a flute to slow down enemies or use a hammer to smash opponents. It's a simple game but it's a lot of fun.
  5. It's just a good game. [Nov 2009, p.98]
  6. The cutscenes are lovely, the dialogue and voice over work stereotypical but fitting, and the soundtrack is a wistful traditional Japanese score that rekindles memories of The Karate Kid. Still, Mini Ninjas will do nothing to quell the growing call from core gamers for IO's "next-gen" Hitman game.
  7. Mini Ninjas is a likeable want to be, but it´s no more than that. It could be an awesome videogame, but IO Interactive didn’t know how to develop its good and innovative premise.

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  1. Feb 12, 2013
    an outstanding game. the story is of several ninjas, lost and coming together to fight for their clan against the samurai clan. great graphics with the cel shading and the gameplay is like playing super mario ninja. not a lot of games like this on the pc, so its definitely one of the best platformers. i played with a 360 controller so i suggest its best to play it with that. it has some great boss battles as well, which is always entertaining in ANY game. great level designs and lots of variety of characters to play. Expand
  2. MagdyM
    Jan 16, 2010
    Even Though the game is simple, it has plenty to offer even the game achievements are fun to pursue.
  3. Jamie
    Sep 12, 2009
    This is one FUN game. It looks beautiful and plays well. Lots of hidden stuff to find and secret places to explore. Lots of extra little touches like the hornet nest that fell from a tree when I tried to harvest fruit - I got pursued by a horde of bees. Stylistcally beautiful too, reminiscent of Okami, but with better gameplay. Nothing new, but everything's just so well done and so much fun... Well done!!!!! Expand
  4. Jul 7, 2012
    It's just a simple fun game, entertaining and doesn't require much strategy if any. So if you had a hard day and want to relax, this is the game for you. Expand
  5. Nov 7, 2011
    A fun game, cartoon graphics are well done, innocent story... only bad thing is that its to easy and the combat is a bit odd sometimes. If u just mash attack button alot of the time youll fly forward with a slash which is just part of the attack sequence but if unintentional to go forward youll find yourself flying off a cliff (which doesnt hurt, unless you fall down a hole). Also it would be nice if the music played throughout the game. All in all a fun game and easily easily worth the $15 it costs off Steam. I had a good time :) Expand
  6. Jun 3, 2012
    Mini Ninjas is that little box you've seen, picked up, and considered every time you've entered a games retailer since late 2009. You've seen discounted, pre-played copies. You've asked yourself if it's worth it. You've tried to make a mental note to read some reviews when you got home.

    Your instincts were right.

    Everything, from the art style, music, voice-acting, sound effects, scenery, and plot of this game screams charm and entertainment. At first, the combat seems childish and simplistic. Do not be put off. It quickly grows satisfyingly, though not frighteningly, complex. You'll weave sword, spell, stealth, and stamina together in smooth combinations to yield success. It's accessible to children or new gamers, yet enthralling and savoury for the elite.

    Hack-and-slash games have a tendancy to be quite linear and limiting, disallowing experimentation and choice: not so with Mini Ninjas. Finding yourself on the wrong side of a narrow bridge with archers on the opposite shore, many titles would give you but a single option: a brave but reckless charge. Mini Ninjas grants you the prerogative, letting you equip a woven straw hat designed to deflect incoming arrows. On the other hand, you could eschew the guileless advance entirely, opting for stealth to travel downstream until you find a traversible part of the river, enabling you to surprise your foes from behind. You may also realize that you might expend some of your spiritual energy to temporarily possess the body of a nearby forest creature, using it to inconspicuously cross the bridge, then returning to your true form right in the enemy's midst.

    Clocking in at around 10 to 11 hours of total gamplay (there's no multiplayer), it's tough to justify spending the standard fee of around $30 for a console disc, or $15 on Steam. The next time you spot it for under $10, however, don't hesitate.
  7. Nov 26, 2013
    Such a cute game. Although it's definitely more of a children's title, it's still a nice relaxing game for adults to enjoy as well. You can always turn up the difficulty, ignore the power up potions, or explore the world for 100% completion to make it a little bit harder. Expand

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