Mixed or average reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Jul 9, 2012
    Mini Ninjas Adventures is a great example of good game design for the Kinect. The gestures are unique enough that they don't get mixed up, and nothing is unnecessarily complex. The progression of weapons and enemies kept me engaged the entire time, and I was always having enough fun to forgive the occasional control glitch. It's a cute, enjoyable game and definitely worth checking out.
  2. Aug 7, 2012
    Despite its Kinect-oriented problems, Mini Ninjas Adventures' sensibly organized gesture controls and ever escalating mechanics and complexity should compel players to return as soon as the lactic acid dissipates.
  3. Jul 26, 2012
    One of those Kinect games worth the effort. Extremely simple but also direct and fun, one of the best downloadable games for Kinect that greatly implements its capabilities.
  4. 70
    A pretty delightful distraction, and at a reasonable 800MP, I'd be a joyless, churlish curmudgeon with a greasy curdled soul not to recommend it.
  5. Jul 20, 2012
    A simply and funny game for all kinds of players. If you are a Kinect owner, this is the perfect game for you!
  6. Jul 17, 2012
    Mini Ninjas Adventures feels just as Japanse and zen as its predecessor, but with totally different controls and gameplay. It works very well with Kinect, though it might cause some pain in your right arm for hitting too much with the sword. It's a cutesy family game that will bring hours of fun, but that's all it is.
  7. Jul 21, 2012
    Pretty tower defense like game with Kinect sensor. Hiro is back and your arm is now the katana. Just beware the considerable physical effort!
  8. Jul 25, 2012
    Cute visuals, funny gameplay and pretty good Kinect controls, for a mini-games compilation unfortunately too short and repetitive to appeal a broader audience.
  9. 55
    Unfortunately, Kinect problems abound: the fussy, imprecise motion-reading is frustrating(especially when you're blocking and deflecting attacks), and some of your physical actions require exaggerated movements. [Oct 2012, p.79]
  10. Jul 6, 2012
    Once you have a strategy for every opponent the kinect slashing gets repetitive.
  11. X-ONE Magazine UK
    Aug 18, 2012
    Gets very repetitive. [Issue#88, p.83]
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 4 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Oct 16, 2015
    Ever heard of games developer, publisher and distributor, Square Enix? If you haven’t, they’re an awesome crowd, mainly known for creating andEver heard of games developer, publisher and distributor, Square Enix? If you haven’t, they’re an awesome crowd, mainly known for creating and releasing Role Playing Video Games (RPG’s) such as the Final Fantasy, Dragon Quest and The Kingdom Hearts series, all amazing in their own ways. One game you may or may not be acquainted with is Mini Ninjas, released in 2009 by Eidos (now part of Square Enix Europe) across all platforms.

    The game followed a band of Ninjas on a quest to defeat an evil ancient warlord so peace and prosperity could rule the lands once again. All characters had their owns traits & skills, all of which were playable once rescued and the title was well received across the board.

    Then some clever person at Square Enix had a revelation, “Hey, why don’t we create an arcade version of Mini Ninjas?” Say hello to Mini Ninjas Adventures. Created exclusively for Xbox Kinect by the team, and currently available on Xbox Marketplace for a cool 800MSP or £6.80 in relative terms.

    Following along from the original main title, ‘Adventures’ main protagonist Hiro, discovers a glowing orb in his masters quarters containing immense amounts of Kuji magic. Hiro absorbs this power to do good, but doesn’t realise its main function is to contain an evil Samurai Warlord.

    Mini Ninja Adventures

    As you can guess the Warlord escapes his talisman like prison, seeking to rule the world and kidnaps Hiro’ fellow ninjas. He also enslaves innocent animals transforming them into a cool array of enemies to fulfil his dark intentions. The worlds fate is now in Hiro’ hands or Blade, Bow and Shuriken to be precise. Learning new skills, from weapons to magic, earning upgrades through EXP coins to better Hiro’ attributes.

    You, the player must be in harmony of mind, body and soul to rescue your friends through various great environments and defeat the Warlord. Alternately just fling your arms & legs about whilst running around the room and you might just do it as well.

    I had great fun with the challenge of different moves for different foes, pulling combos, and really getting into the game. Six and a half hours later the game was over but the mini-games pulled me back into playing more the next day. Have a look, I’m currently on the leaderboard (12th in the world!!!) not bad eh?

    ‘Adventures’ is versatile and can be played with friends, the kids, parents or even if you just want to get fitter (have a towel at hand). The Mini Ninjas, Hiro and his chums are a great addition to the XBLA collection.

    The question is now, who can beat me?
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  2. Jul 8, 2012
    Funny game, really decent, same like the first part. Mini Ninjas is a good game, with a great gameplay, cool graphics, the KINECT answer isFunny game, really decent, same like the first part. Mini Ninjas is a good game, with a great gameplay, cool graphics, the KINECT answer is good. Funny game Full Review »