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Format: PlayStation 3
Mfg Part#: 1000102614
UPC 14: 00788687500807
"Biggest Danger, Smallest Hero!"
"...a good action game, entertaining, enjoyable and able to offer some hours of good fun... Daniel Escandell, VandalOnline.com
|A single player action/adventure game, Mini Ninjas puts a new spin on the video game favorite, ninja action genre. A kid-friendly game featuring no killing and an engrossing storyline, which players explore via six playable ninja characters, players take on the role of Hiro and the fellow members of his improbable ninja clan as they face an ancient evil that has returned to impose itself on the world. Each ninja utilizes authentic ninja weapons and moves, and possesses his/her own individual skill set, including mysterious "kuji magic" abilities. |
"...a game that you absolutely should not miss. Mike Escobar, GamingTrend.com
"Mini Ninjas is just purely, simply a great video game. Period. Sanford May, WorthPlaying.com
"An original break-the-mold adventure... Dave Halverson, Play Magazine
ImpulseGamer.com 8 of 10
Finally an arcade game that provides good old fashioned fun, without it trying to be too clever for its own good and this my friends is where Mini Ninjas begins. Set in the era of Feudal Japan, gamers are transformed into Hiro, a young Ninja who has been given the task of saving the world...With this task, he must also defeat the minions of the nefarious Samurai Warlord, using whatever means necessary to complete his task and it doesn't help that this Warlord has transformed cute little animals into deadly warriors. You heard correctly, Mini Ninjas and cute furry animals play a big part in this game and the humour is oozing from everywhere...The heart of Mini Ninjas is an arcade game in a diverse and colourful 3D gaming environment. Through jumping, attacking and exploring, Hiro must explore this large world in order to save the world...Although the premise behind the title is simple, it actually works, thanks to the decent control system of the game which makes it fun from start to finish. Whether your jumping in the air, attacking with a sword, sneaking through the woods or using secondary attacks such as shurikens, the controls are well mapped without any unnecessary fiddling...There is even an RPG like element to the game as you learn new skills as you progress and it gives you some more incentives to finish the game. Basically, it's good old fashioned fun without the convoluted rubbish of many modern games...The soundtrack of Mini Ninjas has quite a soothing feel to it that does change with the levels and action. However where the Mini Ninjas shines in this department is through the entertaining voice acting with all there stereotypes and clich?s. Add in a variety of martial arts sounding sound effects and the game comes together quite nicely with the gameplay and the graphics...At the end of the day, Mini Ninjas may not be the most innovative arcade game in terms of play, however it's a sturdy game that although doesn't try to be clever, it manages to get the job done. If you're after a fun arcade game, than we would more than happily recommend this title and given that the last few months of arcade games have been rather generic, Mini Ninjas successfully raises the bar, making this a fun title.
- Michael Marsh
WorthPlaying.com 7 of 10
What would you call a classic adventure/action/platformer button-mashing ninja game created with childlike wonder in mind? Yeah, I'd called it Mini Ninjas, too. Despite the simple name, simple gameplay, simple objectives and simple graphics, Io Interactive's new title is brilliant, for the most part. Imagine this gentle, elegant, playful, funny and, yes, adorable title from the studio that brought us the controversially violent, amoral Kane & Lynch and several games in the Hitman franchise. These mature-oriented games have their fans, certainly, but I think Io may have found its true calling in, my stars, entertainment fun for the whole family. Perhaps they just needed some therapeutic decompression after envisioning all those scenes of bloody slaughter and total carnage. In any event, these Danes have a bona fide ESRB-rated "E" winner on their resumes, and they deserve every accolade for it...The premise, as befits ninja games of any ilk, is fairly uncomplicated and accustomed. The setting: a feudal Japan where an evil old warlord has turned hordes of the formerly benevolent creatures of the forest into legions of sinister samurai warriors ensnared by wicked magic, compelled to do their master's bidding. At first, as most often, you'll play as a novice ninja named Hiro -- OK, don't beat us over the head with it, now. Hiro's mission is to ultimately defeat the warlord. Along the way, you must knock off as many samurai as possible, returning them to their natural existences as benign frogs, rabbits, bears, deer or what have you. You'll also need to find and free the crack ninjas who've gone before you yet failed to defeat the warlord in his Fortress of Doom...Mini Ninjas is just purely, simply a great video game. Period. I won't even bother arguing all the likely complaints, among them limited replay value and the notion that a co-op mode would have been nice. I'll take that co-op mode in the sequel. And I better get a sequel. In the coming weeks of terrific, glam holiday game releases, a title like Mini Ninjas is easily overlooked. A gamer of any age will be a fool to do that. You don't have to tell your online shooter buddies you're playing it; just play it. I rarely take my hat off to development studios. I sneer at their foibles and pat their pretty little heads when they get a few things right. Io Interactive, my hat is off: What you folks have here is a video game that embodies everything good about the art form. Congratulations.
- Sanford May