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SOS Gamers (Sep 23, 2009)
Si quieres regalar un juego de aspecto inocente, pero activo y profundo, que se aleje de la imagen que normalmente dan los videojuegos para niños, Mini Ninjas es una compra perfecta. No tiene nada de violencia injustificada, ya que no hay ningún enemigo al que matemos, todos se convierten en delicados animales al ser derrotados, y todo se muestra de forma muy sana, así que para mayores de 7 años, es ideal. Pero no vayáis a pensar que sólo entretendrá a jóvenes, los aventureros más expertos se encontrarán con una propuesta divertida que no les decepcionará.
Mini Ninjas is an adorable game that will certainly appeal to younger gamers, while more advanced gamers may only play it for a couple of hours.
85 (Oct 18, 2009)
Mini Ninjas was a bit of a surprise, I'll be honest. The game didn't receive much hype, and I don't think the name does it any favors. It's not that Mini Ninjas is a particularly bad name, but it does evoke an initial impression that the game might be meant solely for the younger crowd to enjoy. Thankfully Io Interactive found a way to implement gameplay that can be enjoyed both by younger and older gamers, and hopefully older gamers will give the game a fair shot. Io Interactive has a winner in Mini Ninjas, and it would be great to see what sort of sequel the developer could put out after such a solid performance on their first go around. If some of the camera issues and repetitive elements could be addressed in a sequel, Mini Ninjas just might have a bright future as a new franchise.
Console Monster (Sep 27, 2009)
Its developers, IO Interactive, could have easily taken a more mature route with this game. With no real gore, blood or decapitations to be found in the game, Mini Ninjas is clearly aimed towards the younger gamer. However, even with its simple cartoon Wii-esque visuals and simple child-like gameplay, Mini Ninjas still holds its own, no matter what age you may be. Think of it as Ninja Gaiden with a U certificate, featuring a lot of comedic elements and a good dose of classic gameplay, which will kill a fair few hours. Oh, and it has ninjas, we love ninjas, so that means it is a must buy surely.
NZGamer (Sep 03, 2009)
I hear tell that a demo is out. Just like any Nintendo game, don’t think the cute graphics means the gameplay is basic – give this one a whirl and see if it can drag you away from your gritty first person shooters.
TeamXbox (Sep 25, 2009)
Mostly, I had fun with Mini Ninjas, and hope to go back and rack up some of the missing achievements. If you have some spare cash to pick it up, it’ll keep you busy and entertained for a couple of days. Don’t be put off by the cartoony look, because there’s more to it than meets the eye. IO knows how to entertain gamers, and it only misses a few times here and there.
80 (Oct 22, 2009)
This is a very good first effort from IO interactive. The story will keep you involved and they added plenty of things to try to extend it. The cuteness and comedy also makes this game rather humorous, which is something I was surprised about. I didn't find anything really wrong with the game, other than a needed co-op and the possible eventual tedium of the button mashing.
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.
MS Xbox World (Sep 11, 2009)
The question has to be asked whether Mini Ninjas is aimed at the younger gamer or not, the answer not being so clear cut. The game isn't hard to play and very relaxing to get into, making a welcome change to the gaming complexities on offer elsewhere. Young or old there's certainly lots of entertainment to be had from the game but for those looking for a decent challenge might want to up the difficulty from the get go. Mini Ninjas is an accessible game and one that feels comfortable not going over the top and merely offering an action adventure that's palatable,not so serious and one that keeps things simple on all levels. It's an enjoyable romp and one that's worth looking into if you've got younger gamers or are looking for a game that will keep you entertained without teasing your frustration levels.
80 (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.
9lives (Oct 05, 2009)
Mini Ninjas komt hoogstwaarschijnlijk voor velen als een duiveltje uit een doosje. Het spel weet op een zeer aangename manier te verrassen dankzij de leuke en vernieuwende gameplayelementen. We kunnen besluiten dat deze game meer dan een aanrader is voor de liefhebbers van avonturenspellen.
Vandal Online (Oct 09, 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.
75 (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.
Good Game (Sep 21, 2009)
Yeah, and I'll point out again, it's a kids game, we're rating it thus, adult gamers you're probably better off with some Ninja Gaiden or maybe the upcoming Mini Ninjas sequel, Big Fatass Ninjas. I'm kidding about that, it's 7.5 form me as well
Good Game (Sep 21, 2009)
It's the little touches like running through the rain, and doing little cute versions of ninja stuff that make this a good option for kids, and for's made tolerable with humor, which is actually not bad. It's 7.5 from me Jung.
Game Informer Magazine (Oct 08, 2009)
Minor annoyances pop up every once in a while, but not enough to seriously disrupt gameplay. The camera is finicky at times, and the stealth mechanics and quick-time-event-centric boss fights are underdeveloped. If you can look past these mechanical issues, it's entirely possible to be sufficiently entertained by the characters and charm of Mini Ninjas.
75 (Sep 30, 2009)
Mini Ninjas, pur non approfondendo perfettamente né la sua componente action né quella adventure, resta comunque un gioco ben realizzato e divertente, che si lascia fruire in maniera piacevole soprattutto grazie alla sua caratterizzazione, capace di rilassare e ispirare simpatia, ma che difficilmente rappresenterà una sfida impegnativa o un'esperienza memorabile. Adatto ai più giovani o a chi è in cerca di un titolo non troppo impegnativo, da giocare col sorriso sulle labbra.
Gamer Limit (Sep 16, 2009)
Mini Ninjas really took me by surprise as a serviceable "Ninja Gaiden Jr.", despite its problems and short length.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
XboxAchievements (Sep 24, 2009)
A perfect game for the kids but with enough fun to keep the adults entertained as well. You will never feel too taxed or too engrossed for that matter but the cute charm of the game shines through and means there is plenty of entertainment to be had.
Edge (Sep 30, 2009)
Mini Ninjas offers an assortment of simple pleasures and its tooth-rottingly sweet presentation wholly endears – but it isn’t sustained, and in places falls disastrously below the watermark. It may be impossible to condemn something so eminently agreeable in its appearance and melodious pace, but small as its characters are, Mini Ninjas isn’t quite perfectly formed.
Spazio Games (Sep 23, 2009)
Mini Ninjas è, nella sua incarnazione per pc, un action-adventure-rpg dalle meccaniche molto semplificate ma non per questo mal studiate. Gli oggetti, le pergamene e gli incantesimi a disposizione dei nostri mini-ninja consentono diverse variazioni dal classico schema “avanza-combatti-avanza” che ci accompagna fino al consueto boss di fine livello. Alcuni extra sparsi per i livelli di gioco donano poi quel pizzico di sensazione di esplorazione che non fa mai male. La confezione finale è quella di un prodotto più che discreto e godibile, fermo restando che la difficoltà non è elevata ed è un prodotto orientato più ad un pubblico giovane. Ma noi, zitti zitti, consigliamo anche a voi grandicelli di dare un'occhiata al mondo di Hiro e dei suoi amici.
70 (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.
Inoffensive, intelligent and beautifully presented, Mini Ninjas is a refreshing reminder that good game design isn't the preserve of games with guns and swears in. Take advantage of IO's altered state while you can.
Boomtown (Sep 16, 2009)
You get around twelve hours of gameplay for your money, which is about the going rate for single player games these days, and there's a little replay value for completists going back replaying levels to collect all items. Presentation is pretty reasonable too, the cell shaded look works well, and the audio isn't bad, with some reasonable voice acting and orientally themed music. If you're looking for something like Zelda on the 360 you can't go far wrong with this.
69 (Sep 15, 2009)
Mini Ninjas is a well presented and fun game, though it is a shame that it doesn’t challenge you more and it is absolutely criminal that there is no co-op play whatsoever. Overall though my kids love it so I suppose in that sense it has done its job well.
Mini Ninjas is not the best action game right now nor will it become one of those games that suddenly become a classic. This is a pretty lame hack-and-slash game and I really can not recommend it to either children or gamers in general. It has nice graphics and sound but that is not enough to justify the already discounted price.
3D Juegos (Sep 07, 2009)
Mini Ninjas es simpático, pero no pasa de ahí. Podría haber sido un videojuego francamente notable si hubiera explotado sus buenas ideas de base, pero todo da la sensación de quedar a medias. A pesar de ello puede dar unas horas de entretenimiento al aficionado ávido de aventuras de acción para todos los públicos.
GameZone (Sep 23, 2009)
While the vibrant visuals, easily manageable combat and light-hearted mood might enamor some, Mini Ninjas is just too repetitive, short and bereft of features to make it stand out.
60 (Sep 13, 2009)
Despite boasting a gorgeous game world, endlessly cute characters, and a standard of presentation most games can only dream of, the shockingly shallow gameplay at the core of Mini Ninjas means it fails to deliver on the pre-release wow factor of its beautiful character trailers. As a full-price purchase Mini Ninjas is hard to recommend to anyone other than those keen to snap up some easy Achievement Points by rushing headlong and unimpeded through its lacklustre adventure - for which a rental would be best advised.
60 (UK) (Sep 10, 2009)
With its charming presentation and appealing mixture of whimsy and irreverence, Mini Ninjas comes tantalisingly close to being something very special. Had it trusted its young audience, and made its fun ideas more than just optional diversions, we could be looking at the next great original pre-teen gaming franchise. What we've ended up with is a game loaded with promise that sells itself short in the execution. There's no doubt it'll entertain the kids, but it won't challenge them.
60 (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.
Bordersdown (Oct, 2009)
Mini Ninjas is an utterly cute and charming game that may not have the complexity and amount of content ‘hardcore’ gamers look for, but anyone who disparages Mini Ninjas for its simplicity is missing the point. The game may have some minor flaws and may not be amazingly compelling, but it provides well-realized, simple fun and is the perfect game to relax with and, at the very least, should act a palatecleanser before the upcoming slew of very serious men with guns that are about to be released.
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.