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8.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 54 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 47 out of 54
  2. Negative: 4 out of 54

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  1. Nov 26, 2013
    8
    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.
  2. Feb 12, 2013
    10
    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
  3. Jul 7, 2012
    10
    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.
  4. Jun 3, 2012
    9
    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.

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  5. Nov 7, 2011
    9
    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. Jul 7, 2012
    0
    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.
Metascore
74

Mixed or average reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.