Summary: 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.
Conclusion: Other than searching for items and objects that the player might have missed, the game offers very little re-playability with no online feature or variations to the plot. Even though a short game, it is a wonderfull one.
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.
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.
Pros: Great art style creates a vibrant, cohesive world, Level designs encourage exploration, A ton of combat options, Excellent music
Cons: Fighting gets a bit tiresome toward the end, Uncooperative camera
Excerpt: Samurai warlords have an unfortunate tendency to eventually escape from anywhere that heroes imprison them, usually hundreds of years after the fact with anger and dark energy to spare. It's a law of the universe, one that's in full effect as the unlikely tale of Mini Ninjas begins.
Conclusion: 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.
Excerpt: Cute is good. I like cute. Call me what you want, but if a game has a definite cuteness factor to it, I’m there. So I was happy when within about five minutes of loading, Mini Ninjas proved itself to be one of the cutest games of all-time.
Excerpt: The concept of Mini Ninjas must have presented quite a dilemma for its creators. Developed by IO Interactive, a studio known for more violent fare such as Hitman, Freedom Fighters and Kane and Lynch, their latest title featuring a cast of cute, diminutive warriors trained in ancient (and mythical)...