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Mini Ninjas Action Adventure PC Game
Quick Ninja Review
Value For Money:8
Overall Rating 7
Action adventure game mini ninjas is fun for the whole family. If your family are cartoon ninjas.
But is it any good? Mini Ninjas lacks a clear explanation for why it exists in that the game begins with you coming rolling down some steps and an old guy telling you that your ninja friends have gone missing and strange samurai are wandering about in the forest messing with the animals.
You toddle off to find your friends, only to discover aforementioned samurai milling about the place slaughtering townsfolk. It takes just a little bit of nudging from an old bird to get you to save the townspeople by boating across the river in your hat and killing the evil samurai who turn into hippity hoppity sweet forest animals when vanquished. Evidently some deep dark force is turning forest animals into evil Samurai. Oh no! Your adventure has now truly begun.
In spite of its simplistic look and Samurai Jack on Valium appeal, Mini Ninjas is actually a fairly involved game. Your abilities are many and varied and increase throughout the game. There are spells to cast, weapons to wield, and the omnipresent face that the main character, Hiro, has the ability to turn into a large loutish male or a soft little female at will. Again, the reason why you're playing a wee schizophrenic is not explained well, or indeed, at all as far as I could tell, but take it in your stride.
This is a beautiful game with just enough combat variation to make it interesting for 'hardcore' gamers who like to polish their skills, and just enough button mashing to make it playable by anyone who can press a mouse button.
Game play is fairly varied. In addition to killing fluffy bunny samurai, you will also release cute animals from their cages, seek out shrines from which to gain more power, find little flowers, buy potions and collect statues.
This isn't going to be a particularly epic saga that you will battle your way through with tears in your eyes, but it is a fun little game that has been presented to perfection. Occasionally some of the controls seem a little buggy, for example, I couldn't seem to turn around once I had fallen into some water without jumping into my hat boat, but that could very well be an intended part of the game play, and every so often the hat boat would fail to seamlessly disappear as I reached the shore. Minor issues, but ones that can become mildly frustrating over time.
I'd recommend this highly to families with children, it's an entirely innocuous game, though one may have to take some time to impart the message that in real life, slicing someone's head off with a katana will probably not lead to them turning into a fuzzy bunny and hippity hopping away.