Excerpt: Mini Ninjas is a cute game made by a Western developer that feels like it came out of Japan. A darkness has fallen over the land. Unusual environmental phenomenon cause chaos to the order of life on the planet. Animals are being turned into deadly ninjas. The Evil Samurai Warlord is back and it is your job as the main character to stop him - a ninja named Hiro, a play on the English word hero.
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.
Excerpt: Appeler un jeu vidéo de la sorte n'est pas sans risque. Après avoir testé les MySims Agents, nous voilà revenus dans un univers de héros miniatures. Mini Ninjas serait-il un jeu pour enfant, pour jeune public ? Ou au contraire ferait-il appel aux techniques acérées et sanguinolentes des Ninjas comme l'a si bien démontré un Ninja Gaiden Sigma par exemple ? Ceux qui auront vu les vidéos du jeu sauront d'ores et déjà que ce Mini Ninjas n'a absolument rien de violent.
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.
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.
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
Excerpt: Villains will never seem to learn that turning furry woodland critters into minions is not a viable plan for global domination. Dr. Eggman has been doing it for decades and it surely hasn’t gotten him anywhere, and now the Evil Samurai Warlord of Mini Ninjas has picked up the cause. Sure, his animal-turned-samurai armies are hungry for a fight, but they lack the training necessary to withstand a certain crafty band of ninjas.
Excerpt: Although ninjas enjoy swanning around in their pyjamas all day, they’re generally regarded as tough-as-nails warriors, eternally loyal to their master and able to slice the nuts off a squirrel at fifty paces. You almost never see them splayed out on the couch, beer can in one hand and remote in the other, watching back-to-back Top Gear on Dave.
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.