Lengthy, charming, cutesy, an ridiculously entertaining, Mini Ninjas is a fun little action platformer that'll now cost you less money than a ham sandwich. Thanks to [email protected] HUKD!
Yes, Mini Ninjas is certainly not everyone's cup of tea, but it's really not bad at all. In fact, there's nothing "mini" about their hefty, lengthy adventure and bags of content. IO Interactive may still not have delivered the Hitman sequel we've dreamed about (though are working on it now), but managed to prove that they were infinitely more than one trick ponies when they made Mini Ninjas. Apart from a dodgy camera and repetitive combat, there's a lot to love here. In fact, there's a lot to be said for their eyecatching and colourful art style compared to Kane & Lynch's gritty, grimy and samey environments.
Tesco Entertainment currently have Mini Ninjas listed for £9 but using the current promotional code takes the price down to less than £8. Even without this discount Tesco still have the best price, with the next best coming in at £10.95 from My Memory.
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In Mini Ninjas, you take on the role of Hiro who must battle his way through hoardes of enemy samurai and their evil warlord leader, and attempt to rescue his four abducted friends.
It's a fun game that never takes itself too seriously but this is no bad thing. While its graphics are cartoony they are also attractive and well rendered with some lovely environments. Said environments are all quite linear but it's no Final Fantasy XII, with plenty of hidden spots to find if you make the effort to explore. The combat is a fairly simple affair, encouraging you to mix hard hitting and less powerful, quick blows to form combos but it's all too easy to just button bash your way to victory in most of the battles. As you progress through the game, you collect further abilities and magic, one of the most enjoyable being the ability to change into a range of different animals.
Mini Ninjas is not the best game ever but there is plenty to enjoy here and for less than £8 it's a real bargain!
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Given they’re probably best known for games like Hitman where you stealthily throttle people to death with a strip of wire (if you could ever get that damned garrotte to work that is), IO Interactive have taken a step back with Mini-Ninjas, and created something a little less dark.
And although the game’s charming, artful simplicity won’t be to the liking of every gamer, this is still an original, entertaining little adventure game which has been competently done, and which certainly doesn’t lack for enthusiasts (it might also be worth pointing out this is definitely not a game just for the kids). So if a bit of light hearted adventuring is the kind of thing you go in for to whittle away the winter evenings, Mini-Ninjas is currently going for £9.99 from Shopto. The next cheapest deal comes in at £12.95.
Mini-Ninjas sees the player assuming the role of Hiro who, on a quest to rescue his four friends, finds himself battling hordes of evil samurai. And unlike Hitman, a game which (I’ll be honest) only seemed possible to do properly if you were one click away from an online walkthrough, Mini-Ninjas is a fairly straight forward affair. The environments and levels are quite linear, but superbly rendered, and criss-crossed with paths and little short cuts which take you to hidden shrines and enemy encampments, and which- a bit like Hitman - give the impression of a much larger open-world.
The combat system consists of a series of different heavy and light attacks which can be blended into various combos – although, unfortunately, it is possible to just button bash your way through the entire title. You can also carry out magic attacks after discovering shrines - one of the more memorable being the ability to manipulate various wild animals which populate the environment, such as boars, and send them into enemy encampments.
The game also has a stealth element to it but curiously (especially since this is game from the makers of Hitman) stealth gains you no reward, and if that’s the approach you choose throughout the game, you do end up with an under strength set of characters. Overall however, if you're into games which are more tongue-in-cheek than serious, you'll get around ten hours genuine enjoyment out of Mini-Ninjas. And for a tenner, that's certainly good value for money.
Thanks to Edinburgh Canary from Hotukdeals.
As As far as its entrance onto the Nintendo Wii goes, Mini Ninjas was a great, endearing little title. It saw the player assuming the role of clumsy ninja Hiro who was on a quest to restore harmony to the world and battle hordes of evil samurai. However, regarding the DS translation, Mini Ninjas has had some pretty mixed reviews, and, in all honesty, you need to be quite a forgiving gamer to tolerate its flaws. Many customers do insist that it’s a worthwhile little title but according to its IGN review, this is one to avoid.
However if – like many people - you think IGN were a bit harsh and feel that this one might be worth a punt, Mini Ninjas is currently available from The Hut priced £9.73. This is a great bargain considering the next best deal comes in at £13.85 from Shopto.
The scaled down DS version of Mini Ninjas is not completely devoid of the charm which made the console version so appealing. It still retains the same story, the same quirky game world which is drawn from Japanese mythology and more or less the same cute visuals. However it is the scale of the environments which really lets this DS adaptation down.
They are just too big and contain very little detail. On top of this, the character movement is extremely slow and the camera angles are cumbersome which means that navigating through the game world is frustrating and feels like a chore. All in all, despite the fact it can be fun at times, if you think Mini Ninjas is your kind of game, you might be better off buying the Nintendo Wii version.
Thanks to Amibees from Hotukdeals.
If you like fun, good natured games where it involves you saving the world from a psychopathic samurai warlord, then bring on the Ninjas! From the makers of Hitman comes Mini Ninjas.
Zavvi are currently offering the cheapest price for Mini Ninjas at £17.95. The next best price stands at £21.99 from The Game Collection, which means you save a few quid.
Mini Ninjas follows Hiro, as he tries to find his missing friends and defeat an evil Warlord hell-bent on taking over the world. It follows your stereotypical Japanese styled game where, one must grow stronger and wiser in order to defeat your enemy.
Mini Ninjas doesn’t take itself seriously, which I think improves the overall quality of the game. It’s for kids and adults alike, which is a huge step away from IO Interactive’s Hitman franchise. This can be seen in the cartoon-like graphics, fun sense of humor and lack of gore. The graphics are good, and the scenery really takes you into Japan.
As you progress further in the game you unlock new abilities and spells to use. One that I found fun to play with was the ability to transform Hiro into different types of animals. This allowed me to sneak past guards and stealthily attack them from behind, which brings me onto my next point. The combat is weak. The attacks are pretty basic and there’s not a lot of variety when fighting in close combat. When you find your missing friends you have the option to switch between characters, each specialising in different fighting styles, but on the whole the combat is fairly disappointing.
Mini Ninjas is entertaining and enjoyable which offers the player a good gaming experience. If you can put aside the weak combat and focus on the entertaining cut scenes, humor and visuals, then you’ll certainly enjoy Mini Ninjas.
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