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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 magicalPrepare 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: 20 out of 44
  2. Negative: 0 out of 44
  1. Mini Ninjas is simply wonderful on PS3 and 360. An original break-the-mold adventure filled with tight, constantly evolving action spread across 6 super cool ninja, and more (and better) exploration than the majority of open-worlds. Biggest surprise yet, this year.
  2. There’s lots to do and that includes side missions that you can skip if you’re immersed in the main story path. And it’s fun in a basic way.
  3. At first glance it's easy to write Mini Ninjas off as a cute and quirky action adventure game, but the fact of the matter is that there is a surprising level of depth to be found here. With the ability to switch between different ninjas, gathering ingredients for potions and using magic spells in different ways all sum up to an equally cute and varied experience. There are flaws - such as a dodgy camera and a lack of real challenge - but these are not enough to deter from the thoroughly enjoyable experience that is Mini Ninjas.
  4. 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.
  5. Inoffensive, intelligent and beautifully presented, Mini Ninjas is a refreshing reminder that good game design isn't the preserve of games with guns and swears in. Take advantage of IO's altered state while you can.
  6. Do not underestimate Little Ninjas; it is worthy of everyone's time - a beautifully conceived product by all accounts. [Nov 2009, p.116]
  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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
  3. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. LukeValentine
    Sep 9, 2009
    10
    It's beautiful, fun and oozing with charm.
  2. Jul 26, 2012
    9
    "Bunch of old boring b*stards" - that's how those who write this superb game off as "for younger gamers" should be described, as they've"Bunch of old boring b*stards" - that's how those who write this superb game off as "for younger gamers" should be described, as they've obviously forgot the joy of having a bit of simplistic fun every now and then. Mini Ninjas is a game I am totally in love with and which captures that SNES-era style simplistic "run-jump-slash-run-jump-slash" free flowing platformy action very well. It also adds a smattering of modern day depth to that via a sprinkle of sandbox-like exploration, radial inventory menues and the odd element from various games such as Prince of Persia and Zelda. All this is presented in a fantastically immersive atmosphere which is packed full of charm - it's really quite mind-blowing how peaceful and tranquil the environment is when you're exploring, and how it quickly switches to something so chaotic, humourous and exciting when combat kicks in. And that's something else - whilst not laugh out loud funny there's loads of really cool touches with give the game a superb sense of humour. I've never wanted to run round my house shouting "Ninja!!"so much than after playing this! Mini Ninja's is a thoroughly enjoyable game and whilst it has the odd flaw (the companions are a bit pap, an extra move or two would have been nice, certain boss fights are typical quick-time affairs) it's just so much fun that you'd be'd daft not to own it. "Ninja Ninja Ninja!!!" Expand
  3. Nov 20, 2011
    8
    Though designed for younger gamers I really enjoyed this game.I loved the art style and humour and recommend this to anyone needed a bit ofThough designed for younger gamers I really enjoyed this game.I loved the art style and humour and recommend this to anyone needed a bit of fun and a decent chuckle. Expand
  4. JackZhang
    Sep 21, 2009
    8
    A great game for a casual player like me. Great art style. nice level design, interesting story setup. good game design (a bit prince ofA great game for a casual player like me. Great art style. nice level design, interesting story setup. good game design (a bit prince of Persia, but eidos has been using ubi games for bench marks for a while so that doesn't surprise me.)

    i can't really say the game is easy since I played easy mode. Giving it a 6 is a bit harsh. Reviewers nowadays ...
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  5. Dec 7, 2014
    8
    Its beautiful looking and plays well. That's the most important part for me! I loved the hat snowboarding stage the most. (Had so much fanIts beautiful looking and plays well. That's the most important part for me! I loved the hat snowboarding stage the most. (Had so much fan just **** around in that level) Expand
  6. GRam
    Sep 13, 2009
    8
    Alot of fun, takes me back to the Windwaker style.
  7. jaredf
    Sep 13, 2009
    7
    Game is fun! Can become a bit redundant after a while but this is so for most games. Inventory menu is a bit tricky other than that I Game is fun! Can become a bit redundant after a while but this is so for most games. Inventory menu is a bit tricky other than that I recommend it for 12 and under and all those still young at heart. The game is just downright fun. Expand

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