Mini Ninjas

Critic Score User Score
PlayStation 3
76
3.7
Macintosh
81
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Xbox 360
74
3.9
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Description

An ancient samurai warlord returns and raises a new demonic army to subdue the world. But instead of hiring unreliable minions he transforms innocent animals into fearsome warriors. A ninja master notices how every transformation destabilizes the balance of nature, causing storms and earthquakes, and decides to send out his best ninja disciples to restore the order. When none of them returns, he is left with his last choice: the young ninja Hiro and his blunt friend Futo. Players control the characters through different worlds using a third-person perspective with a relative amount of freedom to explore the environment. When lost, the characters can meditate to receive a hint and see an arrow that points into the general direction of the next objective.

During the course of the game they will follow the steps of the other warriors and eventually free four of them to make them playable. The player can switch between any character at any given moment. Each ninja has different abilities. Hiro is an allrounder and the only ninja who can use Kuji spells. Unlocked by finding and praying at hidden shrines, spells include fireballs, whirlwinds and the ability to enter a spirit form where animals can be taken over to have them fight. They also make it easier to spot items and collectibles in the environment. Animals are locked up in cages but also appear when an enemy is defeated and they return to their original form. Futo wields a large hammer and is especially useful to engage larger enemies. The other characters that become available during the course of the game are Suzume, a young girl with a flute that enchants enemies when she plays music, Shun, a master with the bow, Tora who thinks he's a tiger and has big metal claws to proof it, and the acrobat Kunoichi with a long spear.

Characters have basic attacks along with a defence breaker to stun enemies and the ability to block. Acrobatic moves include wall jumping, running along walls and hanging from ledges. All characters have a sneak mode where they can hide in the grass or the environment to cause more damage when attacking or to simply avoid confrontations. Health is restored by gathering fruit and there are collectible items in the environments. When new recipes are bought, these items can be mixed into potions, bombs and power-ups. Characters level up to get better abilities and they all have a different focus attack to cause more damage.

Screenshots

Mini Ninjas Windows Hiro rows down an underwater cavern.
Mini Ninjas Windows Fighting inside a castle
Mini Ninjas Windows The second large boss in the game is quite smelly.
Mini Ninjas Windows Use the spirit form spell to take over enemies such as this panda bear.

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Leaves You Wanting More Xbox 360 ETJB (447)

Critic Reviews

Nintendo Official Magazine (NOM) UK Wii Sep 11, 2009 83 out of 100 83
TotalVideoGames (TVG) PlayStation 3 Sep 08, 2009 8 out of 10 80
Jeuxvideo.com Xbox 360 Oct 08, 2009 16 out of 20 80
Impulse Gamer PlayStation 3 2009 7.9 out of 10 79
PSX Extreme PlayStation 3 Sep 10, 2009 7.8 out of 10 78
Game Informer Magazine Xbox 360 Oct 08, 2009 7.5 out of 10 75
Good Game Xbox 360 Sep 21, 2009 7.5 out of 10 75
XGN PlayStation 3 Nov 11, 2009 7.3 out of 10 73
Cheat Code Central Xbox 360 2009 3.6 out of 5 72
Eurogamer.pt PlayStation 3 Sep 28, 2009 7 out of 10 70

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