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8.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 54 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 48 out of 54
  2. Negative: 2 out of 54

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  1. Feb 12, 2012
    8
    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...
  2. Jan 19, 2013
    8
    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
  3. Sep 15, 2014
    10
    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
  4. Nov 19, 2013
    7
    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
Metascore
73

Mixed or average reviews - based on 37 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 37
  2. Negative: 0 out of 37
  1. A massive let down from a once mighty developer. [Oct 2009, p.83]
  2. Despite the disappointment of there being no co-op play in Mini Ninjas' campaign, the game does enough to keep players entertained through well mixed gameplay, loveable characters, stylistically beautiful environments, and good humour. The Japanese story is finely applied and a wide audience will enjoy this title, meaning that it fulfils its remit and then some.
  3. 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.