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Review: Mini Ninjas - PC, Xbox 360, PS3, Wii

by Steven Williamson on 24 September 2009, 13:45

Tags: Mini Ninjas, Eidos (TYO:9684), Xbox 360, PS3, Action/Adventure

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Ninja action from Feudal Japan

Version played: Xbox 360

What is Mini Ninjas?
Mini Ninjas is a kid-friendly, third person, action adventure set in Feudal Japan that stars six tiny ninjas hoping to bring peace back to a world full of chaos.

The Evil Samurai Warlord has kidnapped your friends and it’s up to you to rescue them by travelling the lands and killing any samurai that stand in your way.

As you rescue your ninja pals you can then switch characters to utilise their unique skill sets. Though the gameplay largely revolves around melee and magic-based combat, there are some platforming segments and you're encouraged to explore by the lure of treasure and secret areas. You can also level up and increase your skills by collecting experience orbs.

Key Features
Six playable characters - You start off playing as Hiro, but as you rescue your ninja pals you can switch characters and use their abilities and weapons. Futo's hammer for instance is ideal for breaking crates; Shun's bow and arrow can take out enemies from afar; and Kunoichi's spear is perfect for close range melee attacks.

Range of combat moves - There are dozens of combat and special moves that span across all six characters, including magic spells that allow you to manipulate nature, possess animals and slow down time. There's also a wide variety of weapons to use, such as smoke bombs, caltrops,shurikens and fire balls.

Collecting loot - There are secret areas to find and tons of items to collect, from mushrooms to flowers to gold coins. You can combine some items to make potions that will restore your health.

Gameplay impressions overleaf...