Mini Ninjas Reviews (PlayStation 3)
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Worth Playing (Sep 23, 2009)
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.
Lack of replay value aside, this is a game that you absolutely should not miss. Whether you’re a parent who is looking for a game that you can play with your younger children and still enjoy yourself, or just someone looking for a little ninja zaniness, you can’t go wrong with Mini Ninjas. The unique game environment, the phenomenal voice work, and the engaging story line all come together beautifully and make for a very special game experience.
Middle East Gamers (MEgamers) (Oct 07, 2009)
Mini Ninjas might not appeal to fans of hard-core ninja games, but there is still plenty to enjoy here, and it’s a game that can be easily recommended for younger gamers, thanks to its almost non-existent violence. While some gameplay parts and puzzles may take a bit longer to figure out, there is still a fair amount of fun to be had in this game.
AceGamez (Sep 10, 2009)
While some gamers may baulk at the childish visuals and lack of any discernable challenge, for those willing to submit to the experience, Mini Ninjas offers up an extremely pleasing change of scenery in today’s climate of muddy browns and gun metal greys. Be you 6 or 60, IO Interactive have created a game that can be enjoyed by just about anyone, without succumbing to the pitfalls of modern day ‘casual game’ design, and in doing so have given this gamer hope for the future of family gaming. If nothing else, Mini Ninjas goes to show that, by putting a little faith in younger gamers, it is possible to appeal to the casual and the hardcore, the young and the old and everyone in between, and for that alone, IO Interactive should be applauded.
GameZone (Sep 23, 2009)
I’ve mentioned in plenty of previous reviews that gaming is about having fun. When we pick up a controller to play a game we want to have fun. Mini Ninjas is about having fun. It might not be the best game on the market but it should provide plenty of fun and enjoyment for almost any gamer.
The Guardian (Sep 01, 2009)
The overall effect is almost Zen-like: Mini Ninjas' constant charm renders it calming and even relaxing to play. Which ought to go down well with the parents of games-obsessed youngsters prone to incipient hyperactivity. Indeed, any parent watching Mini Ninjas being played will find it hard to resist the temptation to have a go over their own, at which point their offspring may find it tricky to regain control of the gamepad.
PlayStation Universe (Sep 25, 2009)
We understand that this title is probably not at the top of many gamer’s lists, but we assure you there is plenty of fun to be had in this stylistic platformer. For its few missteps with the lack of co-op and the length of the game, we think this title will hold-up well against other games in this genre. If you go in expecting an intense gaming experience, you will be disappointed. However, if you are looking for a game that will make you laugh, give you a healthy dose of simplified action, and draw you in with its brilliant graphics and wonderfully stylized art style, Mini Ninjas is the perfect choice for you.
TotalVideoGames (TVG) (Sep 08, 2009)
Despite the disappointment of there being no co-op play in Mini Ninjas' campaign, the game does enough to keep players entertained through well mixed gameplay, loveable characters, stylistically beautiful environments, and good humour. The Japanese story is finely applied and a wide audience will enjoy this title, meaning that it fulfils its remit and then some.
Jeuxvideo.com (Oct 08, 2009)
Derrière son petit côté mignonnet et coloré, Mini Ninjas est finalement un titre relativement riche qui plaira non seulement aux plus jeunes, mais aussi aux adultes qui ont su conserver un peu de leur âme d'enfant.
IGN (Sep 22, 2009)
Even though Mini Ninjas might not be as in-depth or content heavy as its modern peers, it's still a beautiful, fun game that opens up ninja culture to kids. The folks at Io Interactive clearly have a lot of love for the genre, as the stirring environments and music make this journey a pleasure to experience.
Impulse Gamer (2009)
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.
Vandal Online (Sep 10, 2009)
Mini Ninjas es un buen juego de acción, divertido, entretenido y capaz de ofrecer unas buenas horas de diversión, pero está lejos de ser uno de los grandes de su género. No cuenta con opciones multijugador (y con tantos personajes protagonistas, alguno modo adicional o un cooperativo le habrían sentado muy bien), y lo cierto es que resulta algo corto. Se incentiva la rejugabilidad con coleccionables, pero ni es un arcade directo ni una aventura profunda, por lo que se queda en tierra de nadie a la hora de potenciar darle una segunda o tercera vuelta a su historia. Eso sí, es encantador, y si le perdonamos esas carencias que lo alejan de un título genial, nos quedará un muy divertido título de acción.
PSX Extreme (Sep 10, 2009)
It’s pretty well solid the entire way through, from the technicals to the artistry to the control, but we’re missing that extra “oomph;” something that rises above it all and says, “buy me; I need to be played!” We’re not saying you’d be disappointed with a Mini Ninjas purchase because it’s almost impossible to find crippling shortcomings and the game really is fun, but sadly, the competition that looms around the corner may have a negative impact on sales. If this title had released in July or something, we might’ve just said; “eh, there’s really nothing else out, and there won’t be a for a while. It’s entertaining enough and devoid of major problems.” But it’s tough to say that now…unless of course you’re just really drawn to the attitude and style inherent in Mini Ninjas. And if that’s the case, go for it. We’re relatively certain you’ll be satisfied. Just don’t expect anything too spectacular.
4Players.de (Oct 09, 2009)
Das Abenteuer der Mini Ninjas um Protagonist Hiro ist definitiv nicht schlecht. Der Zeichentrick-Look weiß zu gefallen, das Erkunden der Spielabschnitte ist überraschend motivierend und die Kämpfe gehen locker von der Hand. Es macht einfach Spaß mit dem stummen, aber sympathischen Ninja-Sextett durch aufgebracht fluchende Samurai-Gruppen zu pflügen, mit befreiten Tieren auf Schatzsuche zu gehen, verborgene Tempel ausfindig zu machen, um neue Zauber zu lernen oder in Zeitlupe verheerende Magie- und Spezialangriffe zu wirken. Allerdings richtet sich der Titel deutlich an jüngere und ungeübte Spieler, Profis werden selbst auf dem höchsten Schwierigkeitsgrad kaum gefordert. Zudem kann man das ganze Spiel im Zweifelsfall auch nur mit Multitalent Hiro bewältigen. Zwar ergibt der ein oder andere Figurenwechsel durchaus Sinn, wirklich nötig ist der Rollentausch aber nie. So führen die meisten Gefährten eher ein Statistendasein als dass sie wie vollwertige Mitstreiter wirken.
GameSpot (Oct 05, 2009)
Mini Ninjas is a great start to what could well become a staple franchise for Eidos and IO. If you're hunting for collectibles, you'll easily spend eight to 10 hours on your journey. Even on the hardest setting, the game is never unbearably difficult. The bosses all follow predictable patterns, and fighting enemies is often optional, so most of your frustrations will come at the hands of the poor camera. But Mini Ninjas makes it easy to see past these issues and have a great time.
InsideGamer (Oct 16, 2009)
Mini Ninjas is een vermakelijk platformspel geworden. Zet je even over de “schattige” ninja's en dieren heen, en je ziet een spel waar je echt veel plezier mee kunt hebben. Grafisch kan het er mee door, maar desondanks zie je duidelijk dat IO goed heeft geprobeerd om een echt Japanse stijl neer te zetten. De gameplay is enigszins repetitief en veel uitdaging zul je (buiten het vinden van allerlei voorwerpen in de omgeving) in het verhaal niet vinden. Maar uiteindelijk blijft Mini Ninjas gewoon een lekker simpele, vermakelijke game.
XGN (Nov 11, 2009)
Als je op zoek bent naar een simpele maar toch zeer vermakelijke game waarbij je lekker kunt relaxen, is Mini Ninjas zeker iets voor jou.
Game Watcher (Sep 21, 2009)
Fundamentally, Mini Ninjas is a sweet-natured, breezily fun hack and slash title embellished with a few gentle RPG elements that inject a little extra depth to proceedings. It’s perfectly pleasant and enjoyable brand of cartoon violence will probably see a good few hours of your time fly by as you swipe your way through adorable, glowing-eyed samurai enemies. Just like anything mini - mini eggs, mini cheddars, mini Babybel - Mini Ninjas is exceedingly moreish. Like a sweet, chocolate-covered confection, IO’s expectation confounding time away from brutal murder is something you’ll happily consume, even though you know that it might be bad for you. Sadly, we’re not entirely sure who Mini Ninja’s core audience might be as it may prove too harsh for the little ones and too easy for the more seasoned. Forget all that though – give it a go and prepare to be enchanted by it’s lovable ninja charm.
Cheat Code Central (2009)
However, besides this slight issue Mini Ninjas is a fun and enjoyable game. The visual style is fairly cartoony but is perfect for the audience it is targeting and has nice cuteness at every turn. Although you'll spend much of your time in the game swinging weapons at enemies, the violence is very tame, especially considering that most of the enemies you'll face look like enlarged Jawas wearing samurai outfits that once defeated turn into a harmless little animals, similar to the enemies in the Sonic the Hedgehog series. It's amazing to me that a company so well known for making games with mature themes and abundant violence made Mini Ninjas, but I suppose a good game is a good game no matter its ESRB rating or a player's preconceptions. If you're looking for a good-spirited hack and slash/exploration game or just something to have a fun time playing with a younger gamer, then be sure to give Mini Ninjas a try.
Eurogamer.es (Sep 19, 2009)
Es posible que Mini Ninjas no aproveche el potencial gráfico de las consolas actuales, pero su faceta artística es fascinante. Resulta evidente que la duración del título es algo escasa , aunque nos encontramos con una aventura cuya propuesta es muy divertida y fresca (además, su desarrollo puede superarse en distintos niveles de dificultad). Una mayor profundidad interactiva hubiera elevado la calificación final del título; no obstante, hemos de tener en cuenta que esta producción está orientada, sobre todo, a los más pequeños de la casa. En definitiva, Mini Ninjas queda lejos de convertirse en un juego sobresaliente, pero no por ello deja de ser un título altamente recomendable para todos los públicos.
videogamer.com (Sep 09, 2009)
That said, there is a good deal of fun to be had here, if you play stealthily, and there are plenty of lovely little touches that do make you smile - you'd have to be the grinchiest of grinches not to at some points fall for Mini Ninjas' charm. The cutscenes are lovely, the dialogue and voice over work stereotypical but fitting, and the soundtrack is a wistful traditional Japanese score that rekindles memories of The Karate Kid. Still, Mini Ninjas will do nothing to quell the growing call from core gamers for IO's "next-gen" Hitman game.
Eurogamer.pt (Sep 28, 2009)
Portanto, se o jogador quiser viver uma aventura que não tenta ter mais olhos que barriga e é competente no que oferece, tem uma boa escolha em Mini Ninjas mas terá de suportar alguns erros que ainda são uma constante em jogos de plataformas e aventura. Se for bem sucedido a engolir alguns sapos, vai ser recompensado com um visual acima de tudo adorável, onde cada canto do jogo é feito para deixar um sorriso na cara do jogador, com inimigos finais divertidos e uma experiência geral que além de não deixar uma marca permanente ao jogador vai, com certeza, diverti-lo durante umas boas horas.
Thunderbolt Games (Sep 28, 2009)
Mini Ninjas is an extremely charming action/adventure game that should appeal to gamers of all ages and styles. The simple infectious antics of these ninja will appeal to the younger player, while the wide variety of ways to approach combat and stealth should entertain the more seasoned player. The experience is marred slightly by the lame boss encounters, short length and lack of reason to remain hidden, but these issues shouldn’t deter you from checking these ninja out.
Gaming Age (Sep 17, 2009)
I'm not entirely sure I'd suggest this one to everybody though. If you have a younger kid in the house, then I would say it's worth picking up. There's no multiplayer or co-op, and little to see outside of the main story mode, but it's something people of any age could pick up and enjoy. However, if you're more used to titles like Devil May Cry and Ninja Gaiden, the soft difficulty of Mini-Ninja's might not hold your attention for long, and there's not much of a playtime involved to really make it worth the $50 price tag. So depending on your situation, you might be better off with a rental, but either way, the game is definitely worth playing (minus that awful Avalanche level).
You don't have to be a child to enjoy this new game from the makers of Hitman - just very undemanding.
Gamer.nl (Oct 14, 2009)
Mini Ninjas heeft de beste bedoelingen, dat straalt er van af. En op de momenten dat je van de simpel vormgegeven omgevingen geniet, met een mystiek muziekje op de achtergrond, ben je bereid de game te vergeven voor alle saaie momenten. Uiteindelijk weet Mini Ninjas echter te weinig rimpels in de plas die we de gamesindustrie noemen te veroorzaken. Zat goede ideeën die de speler helaas te weinig nodig heeft gedurende het spelen.
Game Revolution (Oct 01, 2009)
IO Interactive deserves credit for going in such a different direction from their usual shooter fare. Alas, the result is a beautiful game without a soul. Like a piece of gum, everything great about Mini Ninjas can be experienced in the first few minutes. After that, its sweetness is just a quickly fading memory.