Excerpt: Hitman and Kane & Lynch are two games that are aimed at mature audiences, thus it came as quite a shock to learn that developer, IO Interactive, were releasing a cute and cuddly game. Mini Ninjas is that game, and unsurprisingly those eponymous ninjas aren‘t the murderous kind that spill gallons on top of gallons of blood.
Conclusion: Even though Mini Ninjas is catering to a different audience than a game like Ninja Gaiden, it still provides a solid gaming experience than can be experience by the casual and the hardcore gamers out there. From lush environments, simple yet intuitive gameplay mechanics and an incredible musical soundtrack, Mini Ninjas has the total package some expect from blockbuster titles.
Conclusion: 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.
Conclusion: Mini Ninjas est un jeu sympathique que l'on confiera plus à un public de joueurs peu exigeants. Très agréable à prendre en main, à jouer, très plaisant par l'ambiance qu'il distille, le titre se montre divertissant. Mais il lasse sur le long terme et son côté fourre-tout pousse le joueur à se tourner vers l'essentiel, c'est-à-dire à se contenter du minimum pour avancer.
Pros: L'ambiance très zen, L'absence totale de violence, Le caractère attachant des personnages, Diversité du gameplay, Environnements "mignons"
Cons: Un peu trop facile, A réserver au grand public, voire aux jeunes joueurs, Très linéaire, Trop fourre-tout
Excerpt: Ninjas are hard wired into our psyches as visual shorthand for cool. I mean, they hide in the shadows and throw shurikens . Make them mini, though, and wrap them in a Pixar-esque art style, and they become cool AND cute - a dangerous combination. This, effectively, is what IO Interactive, developer of the gritty Hitman games, has done with its latest effort, the 3D adventure Mini Ninjas.
Summary: Mini Ninjas is a rare gem amongst the mediocrity of E-rated rubbish. It probably won't win any awards for its gameplay, but you'll be having so much fun that you won't notice you are only pressing a few buttons.
Pros: The stylized visuals, filled with lush sceneries, The simplistic yet highly addictive gameplay, The engaging dialogue and cutscenes
Cons: The lack of any co-op mode, The game's short length
Summary: Mini Ninjas is a decidedly different turn for developer IO Interactive, maker of the Hitman series. This action adventure is low on gruesome assassinations and high on lighthearted fun, but that doesn't mean fans of stealth-kill simulators, or anyone else for that matter, should skip over it. Mini Ninjas is an approachable and enjoyable game with a charming art style that brings its lively world to life.
Pros: Great art style creates a vibrant, cohesive world, Level designs encourage exploration, A ton of combat options, Excellent authentic music
Cons: Fighting gets a bit tiresome toward the end, Uncooperative camera
Summary: Prepare yourself for a Ninja adventure like you have never seen before! Join Hiro, the smallest hero on the biggest adventure, as he embarks on an epic and electrifying quest to restore harmony to a world on the brink of chaos. Use your skills and mighty Ninja training to battle a magical army of evil Samurai.
Summary: Not since I-Ninja a half-decade ago has there been an all-ages ninja game that delivered as enjoyable an experience as Mini Ninjas . It’s a well-crafted action-adventure game that blends platforming, magic, show and long-range combat, magic, and stealth together seamlessly. Combine that with a roster of six playable characters out to save feudal Japan from being overcome by an evil samurai and his legion of followers and you‘ve got yourself one fun game.
Conclusion: 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. Rating Breakdown Gameplay: 6.50 out of 10 + Hack-and-slash your way through everything. - It is 2009 and this is the best we can get?