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  • Summary: He might be small, but he's one angry Ninja! Despite his size, I-Ninja is the consummate warrior who has spent years mastering his weapons and honing his skills. Challenged by the world's most wicked villain, Master O-Dor and his menacing army of Ranx, I-Ninja is graceful in honor and deadlyHe might be small, but he's one angry Ninja! Despite his size, I-Ninja is the consummate warrior who has spent years mastering his weapons and honing his skills. Challenged by the world's most wicked villain, Master O-Dor and his menacing army of Ranx, I-Ninja is graceful in honor and deadly in combat. With extreme agility he traverses unknown environments and conquers all that is evil. There is no challenge too big or risk too great for I-Ninja! Gravity defying game play -- utilize new specialized manga-style ninja moves to navigate through each dynamic environment. Multiple Weapons -- use shurikens, swords, blowguns, rocket launchers, guided missiles and more! Challenging enemies and ruthless bosses -- fight the invading Ranx Army on the ground, in the air, in the sea -- even face off with a menacing 150-foot Giant Robot! Imaginative missions and environments -- a wide variety of thrilling missions, mini-quests, and unique powerups span across 5 immense environments uniquely designed to incite I-Ninja's special Rage abilities. [Namco] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 39
  2. Negative: 0 out of 39
  1. If rich visuals, stunning environments, and the most diversity-packed gameplay of this year or any other sound good to you, I have a ninja for you to meet. [Dec 2003, p.81]
  2. 86
    Combining some entertaining moments, some good cheeky humour, and of course a great Ninja theme, i-Ninja will keep you playing... and may just have you calling out Hei ya! just a little too loud.
  3. A hugely entertaining mish-mash of gaming elements, wrapped up in a glossy package. Nothing like any ninja game you've ever played before, we promise. [PSM2]
  4. A terrific treat for the eyes. The gameplay is simplistic and veteran gamers should pass on this, as it won’t be a diversion for long. But younger players may find this a wonderful little arcade adventure in a lush world.
  5. The visual style may seem kid-friendly, but the level of challenge I-Ninja has to offer keeps the game interesting for a wider audience.
  6. A fun title... However, there's not a lot of longevity here, and playing the same level repeatedly with only a minor twist in gameplay - like beating the clock - isn't quite the same as having entirely new levels to play. [Holiday 2003, p.36]
  7. 50
    A lackluster, by-the-numbers platformer.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Aug 22, 2012
    10
    I have no idea why this game has such a low score!!

    It's a platformer where you can kick back relax and have fun! :)
  2. Apr 30, 2011
    9
    A formulaic, but wildly fun platformer for all ages. Pros: Engaging main character; lots of fun level design, gameplay elements, and secrets;A formulaic, but wildly fun platformer for all ages. Pros: Engaging main character; lots of fun level design, gameplay elements, and secrets; solid controls; fantastic visuals. Cons: Formulaic; repetitious; too short, too shallow. Expand
  3. MaxR.
    Dec 11, 2003
    9
    I-Ninja really stands out it has great graphics for a Namco production and takes a long time to beat the game.
  4. Oct 13, 2014
    9
    I-Ninja is a very fun and engaging platformer that goes above and beyond what you'd originally expect of it, with great diversity in gameplayI-Ninja is a very fun and engaging platformer that goes above and beyond what you'd originally expect of it, with great diversity in gameplay and beautiful graphics. It is definitely a game directed towards children, however, adults should also find a lot of entertainment value here. If you have a kid, this would be a perfect game for them, as it has a lot to offer. Expand
  5. Nov 12, 2011
    8
    Despite the frustrating challenges and missions, I-Ninja is still an Incredibly fun platformer. The game contains a simple (but appealing)Despite the frustrating challenges and missions, I-Ninja is still an Incredibly fun platformer. The game contains a simple (but appealing) visual direction, solid controls, a catchy soundtrack and a great sense of humour, especially when Billy West voices as the main protagonist in this game. The story and boss fights were pretty forgettable, but somehow the nostalgic atmosphere of the game becomes easily playable. If you are looking for a 3D platformer with a lot of collecting and tough challenges, then I-Ninja is right up your turf. Too bad this is the only game from the I-Ninja franchise, which never got a sequel after the game's release. Collapse
  6. Oct 20, 2014
    8
    I've spent many hours on this game, Its a fun plat former. It can get wildly difficult at times, But not enough to prompt me into chucking myI've spent many hours on this game, Its a fun plat former. It can get wildly difficult at times, But not enough to prompt me into chucking my controller at the wall. This is a gem worth picking up, If you didn't pick it up 11 years ago. It's a shame this game has never made a comeback since. Expand
  7. R.K.
    Aug 8, 2004
    7
    Good game but very frustrating to play. nice graphics.

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