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I had been waiting for this game to come down in price for quite some time, and so when it had i pounced on it like a cat and my gosh i was not disappointed. . My main reason for wanting this game was how fun it looked and how i could play it without a care in the world. Both are true and its a magnificent game.
The graphics are good and cute (sorry no other word i could use to describe it!) and the sound is again.....cute -.- (grr!!)
This game makes you feel like a child and with all the evil ninjas running around shouting "mini ninjas" its hard not to get a cheesy grin and with the a secondary objective in each level to free the captive animals, which can i say look....cute...its again hard not to have fun.
In total i would deffinately get this game no matter who the gamer is, it brought a smile to my face i'm sure it will do the same for you!
i have given the game 4* purely because i have not played it enough...unfortunately my great gaming love is Fifa and so this game (actually no game) gets much from me as i end up playing fifa...but based on what i have played of the game there is nothing wrong..it's pure simple fun!
Would you believe that Mini Ninjas is by the same developer who brought us the Hitman series!
You play as a group of - you guessed it, Mini Ninjas, who have to save the world from the Evil Samurai Master who is turning all the woodland animals into evil minions.
This is a children's game through and through, the graphics are bright, colour filled and fantastical. There is no blood or gore as enemies get turned back into cute woodland creatures once you defeat them, and the whole thing is just a joy to play.
That's not to say that there is nothing here for the adult gamer, I honestly had trouble on some levels, especially when you play on a harder difficulty.
There is a great variety of environments which are all fully fleshed out and magical. There is a wonderful attention to detail that really makes the game great - trees and bushes can be shaken so they drop fruit which you eat for more health, you can sit in your hat and float on beatiful stretches of water and whip out a fishing rod to catch koi that swim beneath you, and you can take the form of all the woodland animals and each one has it's own special animations. The little fox will howl mournfully if you try and attack with it, the lumbering panda will swipe it's huge paws at enemies, and the boar looks hysterical as it creeps along the grass in stealth mode.
Yes, stealth! Hitman lives on in this game as you can run straight into groups of enemies and just fight them, or you can take the sneaky approach and complete entire levels without being seen once.
There are a lot of collectibles to get, which I personally love, but I know some people find a chore. One of the collectibles is finding wooden cages with trapped animals in and breaking the cages to free them (getting them all will earn the achievement animal friend) I thought this was a lovely touch.
All in all if you are a fan of ninjas, stealth, platforming, colourful enviroments and truly fun gameplay, you can't go wrong with this game. I'd recommend it for children and adults alike, though I will say it was a little too short for me, I finished it wanting more - though isn't that just the sign of a really good game.
I didn't really know what to expect from Mini Ninjas and I must admit this was added to my Boomerang Games rental list purely because I thought it sounded cute. It's rare a game involving fighting can also be described as cute, but this is exactly what this offering from Eidos Interactive gives us.
You play as Hiro the ninja, who starts off in his village (oh yes we've heard this one before...) and goes off to training. His training teacher tells him he's a natural with 'Kuji magic' and sends him out into the evil samurai filled world to ultimately kill the dreaded Evil Samurai Warlord, who we meet in various cut scenes. Along the way Hiro encounters some bosses with rather amusing names... such as the boss who fires fart clouds at you and is aptly named Boss Windy Pants or how about killing Boss Timid Swimmer? The names scream out childish and indeed this game caters well for children, but I think it's a great game for all ages as there's something strangely satisfying about leading Hiro through this strange and dangerous world, fighting off hoards of samurai warriors.
A part of the game reminds me a lot of Sonic the Hedgehog games. Every time you kill an enemy in the game an animal appears varying from frogs to rabbits and even bears and boars, and throughout the game you have to free animals from wooden cages usually situated in the enemies' camps and bases. Part of Hiro's 'Kuji magic' allows him to cast a spell and put his soul into one of the animals, meaning he can sneak up on lesser intelligent enemies. This brings me to another point. No Ninja is good unless he is stealthy and is this game you can make young Hiro stealth around in long grass or hide in bushes allowing him to make quick stealth attacks on enemies. If you choose you can even just stealth past enemies if you get bored of fighting them.
Fighting enemies can become a bit boring if all you use is your sword, however each kill can be strangely satisfying. There is however a selection of spells you can cast instead, sending powerful fire bolts or shock bolts to kill your enemies, or you can even more bombs to throw at them, adding a bit of variety to your kills. Most enemies love to engage in fights however I do notice some of them tend to try and run away once they realise it's a fight they can't win.... but they don't make it far from Hiro!
The levels aren't too challenging and quite linear, however there is often space to run off and explore, which is often recommended as you will find various shrines Hiro needs to find to gain new spells. However this isn't too difficult as Hiro has a spell he can cast where small glowing butterflies will lead the way to the nearest shrine, and if you are close then glowing fireflies also show you're near a shrine.
As you play through the levels rescuing animals and fighting bosses, you also have to rescue Hiro's friends which come up at various points in the storyline. Once you have found each friend you can choose to play as that character if you wish. This proves essential in some parts as for example, there are some big guy enemies you have to fight at some points in the game but these can only be defeated by using Hiro's friend Futo, who is a biggish man with a big hammer!
There's also various flowers for you to collect along with recipes, you use the flowers to make various items such as healing potions and shields which protect you from arrows. You can climb trees or scrounge in bushes for fruit to build up health, or you can use your hat as a boat and go fishing or canyon riding. There are also small statues to collect on each level though what significance they bring I'm not sure, but if you're an xbox achievement hunter you may be interested in finding all of these on each level.
The graphics are actually quite good and though it's a cartoony game, I was quite impressed with various parts of the game. Some of the environment starts to look very similar in places which can get a bit boring, but the game moves along quick enough as it's not an overly challenging game.
The experienced gamer will most likely complete this game quickly, as I did, however it was a fun little game which I did enjoy playing. It's not a game I would pick up and play through again however, I think whilst it's amusing and has its little quirks, it's not enough to have me play it a second time. The game also doesn't feature any multiplayer or xbox live options, meaning this game's probably better for renting (as I did), or buying cheap and trading it in again.
You can buy this game online at the moment for around £25 however it's probably one of those games which will decrease in price quickly so you're probably better off waiting to buy this one if you're interested.
Mini Ninjas is a third person action game set, in a cartoonish far-eastern world where a small group of mini ninjas are fighting against a very large group of small samurai.
Mini Ninjas is instantly accessible, with very simple controls, but with a variety of useful tools and options, such as potions, spells, bombs and weapons. As the game progresses, your ninja will gain levels and along with this become a better character - gaining more health, mana, or abilities. You'll also find more ninjas, who each have different abilities and are better suited for certain situations.
Or at least, that's the theory. In reality, I used the main ninja, Hiro, for the vast, vast majority of the game, only switching to his stronger companion Futo when absolutely necessary (he is required to vanquish very large foes), and even rarer than that, a bow wielding ninja whose name I forget. In any event, the point is, the game could just have easily been called Mini Ninja and it would really not have made a jot of difference to the game. Other than personal preference, I didn't find a use for the majority of characters.
In the beginning, the game teaches you about how to use your character stealthily and avoid conflict. In reality though, I didn't find much use for this either. Our hero is a pretty hardy guy and can take a fair bit of punishment before biting the dust. It's useful at specific times, but by and large you can do without it.
All that said, the game does have a lot of positives. Bosses are fun to fight, if pretty easy - they consist mainly of getting into position and then following onscreen prompts. The controls are easy to pick up, the world is fun, large,and vibrant, and for what it is, the game is surprisingly long, although it doesn't overstay its welcome.
In all, I'd recommend Mini Ninjas. It's a fun filled action game that's non-violent and cartoonish enough that you could happily give to a youngster to play, but it's fun enough to appease the older gamer too.