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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. Positive: 19 out of 37
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  1. Mini Ninjas is just purely, simply a great video game. Period.
  2. 83
    Mini Ninjas is for the little gamers. The game has a lot of great humor and a very interesting visual style. But the missing cooperative option is a great miss.
  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. As a result of all the hard work, this is a rewarding game to play and one that everyone should experience.
  5. 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.
  6. Mini Ninjas is not an excellent game, but it's a very recommendable title for all ages.
  7. IO Interactive deserves credit for going in such a different direction from their usual shooter fare. Alas, the result is a beautiful game without a soul. Like a piece of gum, everything great about Mini Ninjas can be experienced in the first few minutes. After that, its sweetness is just a quickly fading memory.

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  1. Positive: 13 out of 13
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  1. Sep 15, 2014
    Ahh, nostalgia... I remember first playing this around the age of 8, an immature little kid who just loved games. Then I played this game, though only on one occasion, but the memories clung with me for years. Then about two years ago, around the age of 11, I was browsing the PS Store, looking for something to purchase. Upon seeing the game, I instantly downloaded it. So, after all these years, did it still hold up? Well........I FREAKING LOVE THIS GAME LIKE A SON!!! Even at 13, I still relive the experience regularly. Even with GTA 5 and AC4 in my library, I will always give it go if I'm in the mood. So, what makes this game so good? Two words. Story and gameplay. The story definitely fits for a ninja game based around Japanese culture and mythology. Long story short, an evil samurai warlord has been resurrected and playing as Hiro, Tora and others, you must restore peace to a troubled land. In addition, the gameplay is very open-ended. Do you go in stealthy, with swords, claws, hammers, bows, flutes or spears blazing, or do you possess a bear and RIP DEM TOOH SHREDS!!! As well as that, Kuji magic, though exclusive to Hiro, are a joy to use (with some exceptions...) and can turn the tide of battle. I know the game may be kiddie on the exterior, but what this game truly is is a criminally underappreciated Gem that deserves much more recognition. However, I do have one complaint: It's WAY too easy. I have never died ONCE in this game (maybe due to the overabundance of health potions and ingredients to craft said potions), even on hard. But in all honesty, it doesn't even scratch the game. At all. If you overlook the difficulty, this game is almost flawless and easily deserving of 10/10. Expand
  2. EthanR
    Sep 15, 2009
    I bought this for my 8 yr old's birthday and he is having a blast. It's pitch-perfect for younger kids. His 10 yo brother has been itching for a turn, too. Very good game, very kid-friendly and engaging. Expand
  3. DS
    Dec 7, 2009
    This is actually a charming and fun game. Think of it as Tenchu meets Samurai Jack. All the fighting, story, and stealth of Tenchu without the blood or gore. The story is fun and the game play on PS3 is very intuitive. Graphic style and music really give the game atmosphere. Hands down the best PS3 game I've bought in months. Expand
  4. SpencerS
    Jan 8, 2010
    I enjoyed the demo and thought this might initally be a PSN Store '£15' game ... but it turned out it was a full price title at £40 - which I have to say, is just too much money. However, I picked it up for £13 in the Game Sale and really am enjoying it. I'm 37 and just enjoy the less hectic pace of it compared to other AAA titles - I need a break from MW2 ! Kids will love it - it's not 'tough' or too challenging. It's bright, fun, colourful and simple to play, but not moronic. At a reduced price, this is a great game - but probably not worth the full asking price - pick it up for around £15 and you'll be rewarded with a cute old-skool game that will relax and entertain. Expand
  5. Jan 19, 2013
    What Mini Ninjas did for me was create a memorable gaming experience that not a lot of games have. I loved the experience start to finish with all its twist and turns. Being able to gain magic powers at your own pace and slicing through evil samurai is extremely enjoyable, especially due to the great story that fuels your reason to, and something that deserves a sequel. But I could see how this game would not appeal to a mass market. Also, hasn't Dishonored stolen some of the stealth mechanics? Turn into animals anyone? Expand
  6. Feb 12, 2012
    mini ninjas is a great action-plat-former with fun, action packed game-play, good music, ninja coolness and an awesome storyline. not perfect though... Expand
  7. Nov 19, 2013
    Un juego muy innovador, no hay ninguno de su categoría en Playstation 3, al menos de este nivel, es entretenido, engancha desde el principio, tiene una trama notable, lógicamente los gráficos y las cámaras cuando luchas dejan mucho que desear, flojea en mas aspectos..pero el caso es que es muy entretenido para niños y jugarlo en familia, lo recomiendo. Saludos y que lo paséis genial con este juego ^^ Expand

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