Generally favorable reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. 70
    The controls hold up better than in most platformers, the levels are well-designed, and your character has a good repertoire of attacks.
  2. What gaming is all about: fun. With a constant variety of goals, the more I played, the more I enjoyed it.
  3. After starting out with some interesting gameplay and moves, including a adventurous amount of big Boss battles, I-Ninja falls back on a few too many standards of the genre that go back to the granddaddy of the modern platformer, "Super Mario 64."
  4. It's all presented in a brilliant anime style that rivals any Saturday morning cartoon. If you like Viewtiful Joe there's a good indication you'll like this game though I'm not suggesting that it's similar in gameplay.
  5. I love what this game offers - classic 3D platforming with a supercool mini-ninja dude. The problem is, I-Ninja doesn't offer a whole heckuva lot of it. You can blast through the entire game in a few sessions. [Dec 2003, p.192]
  6. There are some bright points, such as an abundance of moves, and some interesting levels, but this is overshadowed by bland presentation and disjoined gameplay.
  7. I-Ninja just oozes with a perfect blend of charm, humor, and visual quality that has been long overdue in a platform game. A definite must-own title.
  8. It's not easy, it's pretty funny, and you'll only rarely do the same thing twice. It's there to test a wide variety of skills, or to simply entertain those with short attention spans, and it succeeds at both.
  9. Has the kind of creativity and zaniness that makes for a good spot in your game library, and its gameplay can't be beat when it all comes together during the duration of the game.
  10. It's enjoyable but short, easy to learn but difficult to master, with a character who isn't quite compelling enough for the title to stand out in a genre that has too long been crowded and cutthroat.
  11. Those who are up to the task will find I-Ninja to be a short but well-crafted third-person action game with a surprising variety of gameplay.
  12. 80
    Looks and feels like a playable Saturday morning TV show. It's quick and responsive, maintains a solid framerate and almost always keeps the camera angles in the right positions.
  13. The inherent humor and healthy challenge should serve most platform fans nicely.
  14. The game plays well, handles easily, and provides plenty of slapstick humor. It's just too bad that its flaws restrict it to a merely enjoyable distraction. [Jan 2004, p.84]
  15. The game provides a stiff challenge throughout, which may turn off some youngsters that are initially attracted to its cutesy style.
  16. Unbridled rage, piss and vinegar, diminutive features, and cool quips ("The steel is cold, yes!") add up to make Ninja a genuinely likable figure starring in a game that's not as good as it should be, nor as bad as one might fear. [Mar 2004, p.86]
  17. Almost your typical run around while slicing and dicing your way through enemies. There are a few things in the game that make it stand out from others but not enough to make it groundbreaking.
  18. Super-serious types who regularly dust their Ninja Scroll collections might have problems with its goofy, irreverent tone, but pure gamers will find a lot of pure fun.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 7 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Aug 11, 2014
    I-Ninja is one of the coolest platformers I've played in my life. Its got good graphics, a decent soundtrack, a decent plot, and really epic gameplay. The only two problems I had with this game is the crappy ending and voice acting (while its good, they used the same lines all the time), but other than that, its a great hidden gem for the Xbox, PS2, Gamecube, and even PC.
    Highly recommend you check this game out!
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  2. AnthonyC.
    Mar 30, 2004
    This game was good it had all the styles of games in it and it has a system of leveling for sowrds and other things and it's just the bomb.
  3. Uter
    Feb 11, 2004
    I was pleasantly surprised by this one. The presentation and graphics are way better than I expected. The gameplay variety keeps things interesting. I also really like the humour - it reminds me of those stick figure martial arts shorts. Full Review »