Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 25
  2. Negative: 10 out of 25
  1. How can anyone justify dropping $50 on a ninja game with a broken camera, un uber weapon that makes most of the game a cakewalk, some twitchy control and only a so-so presentation? I certainly can't.
  2. If the nausea-inducing camera doesn't kill your patience, the wacky wall-running and platform-leaping sections will. [May 2005, p.125]
  3. 40
    Yet the biggest sticking point is the camera, which has trouble remaining steady in tight spots or in close encounters, making many sequences needlessly frustrating.
  4. A miserable piece of digital vomit. [Apr 2005, p.120]
  5. It has some good ideas but they're overthrown by a particular lack of anything that stands out, aside from the herky-jerky camera and the occasional booty shots.
  6. A poor Tenchu wannabe that simply fails to deliver enjoyment. We played it because we had to - you don't. [May 2005, p.96]
  7. 30
    There is only one game where I've ever skipped areas I wanted to explore due to not wanting to deal with the camera. This is it.
  8. 40
    A comedy of errors, but without the humor. From the camera to the movement to the over-powered tetsugen to the uninspired nature of pretty much everything this game disappoints in so many different ways.
  9. At $50, this game is a total joke.
  10. An all-killing, all-leaping game in which you can neither kill nor leap...that truly does spell the end of honor for this Ninja. [Apr 2005, p.87]
User Score

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 5 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 2 out of 3
  1. JLlei
    May 29, 2005
    Although the graphics are PS1-like, and the overall length too short, I thought the story was great and I liked the option of being stealthy or not. The wire makes for fights with good variety (trip them, lop heads, hang them, wire strafing...). Overall gameplay was too easy but the Boss flights in the later stages 5,6,7 were very challenging until you figured out the tricks. With all the epic games out like Jade,Kotor2,Doom out now - it's was good to have one that's low pressure and fun. That said, it's not worth the $49, but well worth a purchase when used. Full Review »
  2. AB
    Apr 19, 2005
    I love Red Ninja! Before I played Red Ninja, I was afraid of becoming tired of my favorite hobby, videogames. I wondered when green elf boys rescuing princesses would grow old. I feared that the amuzement of huge apes and dot-chomping circles would deplete. Then, I played the pile of crap that is Red Ninja. The nauseatingly bad camera angles reminded me that Super Mario Sunshine wasn't really that bad. Horrible controls were great proof that it could be worse than the ground missions in Star Fox Assault. But, best of all, the game as a whole made every other game seem much more enjoyable. I could now have fun playing Driv3r or even Dragon Ball Z: Budokai 2! It improved the entire medium, and thus the loving and appreciative point. Full Review »
  3. IliyunH.
    Apr 18, 2005
    The games camera is what killed it for me. Not worth the $50 bucks.