Mixed or average reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  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. That said, I’m sure that a lot of “serious” gamers scoffed at the score, so if you’re a member of the group, you can take down some 10 points to get an “objective” mark and sleep soundly tonight. For everyone else, I strongly recommend that you at least try the demo, because it would be a shame to miss out on one of the most fun and relaxing games of the year.
  5. Mini Ninjas is a good action game, entertaining, enjoyable and able to offer some hours of good fun, but far from being one of the great games of the genre.
  6. Whether you're big or small, there's a lot to like about these little ninjas and their lengthy journey.
  7. If you're looking for a good-spirited hack and slash/exploration game or just something to have a fun time playing with a younger gamer, then be sure to give Mini Ninjas a try.
  8. It's just a good game. [Nov 2009, p.98]
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. As small as cute... the smallest warriors in this world are the lovely and blood-less action entertainment. No other game offers death by farting boss. [Oct 2009]
  12. Mini Ninjas is an action-adventure-rpg with simple gameplay mechanics but with a lot of objects, spells and scrolls to be found. The final product is sometimes funny, but never compelling. That makes Mini Ninjas child-oriented; adults may like the visual style, but won't be entertained by its gameplay.
  13. This is a simple game for simpler minds. [Dec 2009, p.76]
  14. 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.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 54 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 14
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 14
  3. Negative: 0 out of 14
  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. Full Review »
  2. 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. Full Review »
  3. 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. Full Review »