Mini Ninjas is a game that combines furious action with stealth and exploration for an experience that appeals to a wide audience across age groups and preferences. It’s an action-adventure with a strong focus on allowing the player freedom to explore the world and has the depth to allow for very varied gameplay and approaches to getting...
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Release Date: Sep 8, 2009

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Mini Ninjas is a game that combines furious action with stealth and exploration for an experience that appeals to a wide audience across age groups and preferences. It’s an action-adventure with a strong focus on allowing the player freedom to explore the world and has the depth to allow for very varied gameplay and approaches to getting through the game.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP and Vista
    • Processor: PIV/Athlon 3.2ghz or higher processor
    • Memory: 512MB system RAM (1GB Vista)
    • Graphics: ATI Radeon X1300 or higher / Nvidia Geforce 6600 or higher (shader model 3 required) graphics card
    • Hard Drive: 5.85GB free space
    • Sound: DirectX 9 compatible sound card
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows XP and Vista
    • Processor: Intel/Athlon Dual Core Processor
    • Memory: 1024MB system RAM (2GB Vista)
    • Graphics: ATI Radeon X1300 or higher / Nvidia Geforce 6600 or higher with 512MB video RAM (shader model 3 required)
    • Hard Drive: 5.85GB free space
    • Sound: DirectX 9 compatible sound card
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snedr
( 5.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 20
A charming and polished adventure. Mini Ninjas is Zelda-like in look and feel, and can be approached via various playstyles (rushing/attacking, stealth or collecting/playing slowly for example). It's brief, but engaging and fun throughout.
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BaZtian
( 7.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 19
I like this games feeling. I just like it...
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Orca
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 12
So great, where's the sequel??
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SecretAgentFox
( 9.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 12
Very good, yes yes
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NBK-
( 1.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 10
- Too easy for me
- Boring
- Some mechanics and boss are copy pasted from Prince Of Persia.
- This game tries to be platformer but it can't because of poor level design.
- don't be fooled by the beautiful box art

It's for 5 years old childs
If you want this game for your child , it's ok

Also has some technical issues including: sound problem
To solve this problem ,you must install OpenAl manually
(Why they didn't include this software in first time setup? probably they forgot!) :|
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micho_z
( 13.3 hrs on record )
Posted: April 24
If you have kids and you want to play video games with them. Or you host a holyday party and you have "little guests" to entertain. Or you like to have a nice, cute, funny and relaxing day, This game is just for you.
The game is meant for kids. So don't expect to be very difficult. But sometimes it's little frustrating. You must to have a Xbox 360 controler to play it. And there are some sound gliches. There aren't any achivements, so you don't need to worry about them. You need just to relax and have fun.
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LastKingVija
( 0.5 hrs on record )
Posted: April 22
No ingame sound and major frame drops every couple seconds even on a 980ti. I've had this issue on multiple computers
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HotLaps
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: April 20
Its probably really fun but after 15 minutes with no in game audio except in cut scenes, I couldn't take it anymore. Maybe it just wasn't meant to be. :(
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Mashiro ツ
( 14.6 hrs on record )
Posted: April 13
NIIINNJAAAAASSSSSSS!!!
This game is just about a couple of ninjas on an adventure to fight the opposing samurai clan!

- The graphics look great and has that sort of catoonish look about it
- The gameplay is great as there is lots of collectibles to find and places to explore
- The game is a little easy at times, however this means that the game is more relaxing than a stressful one

A fun game that is definitely worth playing if you are a fan of ninjas!
#10/10
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FlamingNinjaGamer
( 10.2 hrs on record )
Posted: April 4
This game is amazing. A decent stealth game to play if you don't have any Metal Gear Solid games. It may have an audio problem, but it has an easy fix:

https://www.openal.org/downloads/

Other than that, this game has amazing stealth mechanics, suiting music, and beautiful graphics. 10/10
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DickShoe McGee
( 1.1 hrs on record )
Posted: April 2
Best lighthearted adventure game since Ocarina of Time, 99999999999999999 out of 10.
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Wedge
( 0.9 hrs on record )
Posted: April 1
Bought this game, realized I don’t like anything miniature.
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Drahtz
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: March 31
Doesn´t have any sound whatsoever besides cutscenes. Literally had to wait 4 minutes in-game to be able to write review. 0/10
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TheHawk409
( 1.8 hrs on record )
Posted: March 30
Very awesome game loved it when I had it in console, I can't get sound to work though some of the cutscene sounds work but not gameplay sounds, is it because I have Windows 10?
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[QJ] Bushi
( 11.3 hrs on record )
Posted: March 27
Fun and light, wish it had coop but the kids managed to take turns with me.
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SUN ^(® - ®)^ NUS
( 0.5 hrs on record )
Posted: March 25
Cutesy game that is surprisingly system intensive. I feel like I'd enjoy it a lot more 14 years ago. 3/10
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James
( 1.2 hrs on record )
Posted: March 23
A good little game with beautiful visuals. Feels great to play. 10/15
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Adamlicious
( 0.8 hrs on record )
Posted: March 20
I had to get a fix for the audio and it still has a weird glitch where it repeats sound sometimes. Still a great game though! Very zelda-esque!
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Dracgnar
( 6.2 hrs on record )
Posted: March 20
Some weird camera angles. Supports controller
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
9.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 12
Very good, yes yes
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 90 days
7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
14.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 13
NIIINNJAAAAASSSSSSS!!!
This game is just about a couple of ninjas on an adventure to fight the opposing samurai clan!

- The graphics look great and has that sort of catoonish look about it
- The gameplay is great as there is lots of collectibles to find and places to explore
- The game is a little easy at times, however this means that the game is more relaxing than a stressful one

A fun game that is definitely worth playing if you are a fan of ninjas!
#10/10
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
13.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 24
If you have kids and you want to play video games with them. Or you host a holyday party and you have "little guests" to entertain. Or you like to have a nice, cute, funny and relaxing day, This game is just for you.
The game is meant for kids. So don't expect to be very difficult. But sometimes it's little frustrating. You must to have a Xbox 360 controler to play it. And there are some sound gliches. There aren't any achivements, so you don't need to worry about them. You need just to relax and have fun.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
10.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 4
This game is amazing. A decent stealth game to play if you don't have any Metal Gear Solid games. It may have an audio problem, but it has an easy fix:

https://www.openal.org/downloads/

Other than that, this game has amazing stealth mechanics, suiting music, and beautiful graphics. 10/10
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 180 days
6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 22
little bit of Zelda, little bit of Tenchu. Super fun and adorable, play it, play it now
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 17
ANNOUNCEMENT: YOU CAN, I REPEAT, CAN PLAY THIS GAME WITH WINDOWS 7-10. I HAVE 10 AND I PLAY IT FINE.

First thing: I did not play this game because its "cute". I played this game for the nostalgia and the gameplay itself.

Now that that's out of the way, lets talk.

I gotta say: THIS GAME IS AMAZING!!! I remember buying this game a week after release from Best Buy on the Wii when i was 7. God damn the memories. I used to think this game was hard, but ive played the first mission and it's a lot easier than that ♥♥♥♥ remote.

This game has got:
1. Amazing environment
2. A sick ♥♥♥ cutscene for every character as you unlock them (extras menu)
3. Hardly violent (so good for kids)
4. I feel like a real ♥♥♥ ninja playing this game. I dont know why. I just do.
5. Who doesn't love ninjas? Am i right?

The only thing I would say is bad about this game (well not bad but stupid)
They have the stupidest way to defeat every boss.
But other than that this game is worth the buy.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
15.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 21
This game is still fresh in 2016. MUCH fun to be had. Not only me (46) but my two kids (6 and 8) played through the game. Lots of staying power, great controls.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
13.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 18
This is a game that is unexpectedly good. The game is far from perfect and a bit on the easy side. Still, the game is so zen and peaceful that you just enjoy it for what it is. It's nice to be able to play a relaxing game where you lose yourself in the music and the environment. So many games no adays are dark and abysmal with no joy. Plus for 2 bucks, this game was a steal. You should try the demo to see for yourself and then find yourself loving the mini ninja world.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 12
a very cute open world game for pretty much any computer. A GREAT game for kids with very easy enemies and bosses even on hard difficulty. I really recommend this game for kids from 6-12 years old and some people a lot older :)
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108 of 113 people (96%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
Recommended
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 14, 2015
The game is not the newest so why add my bit on this still?


Well because the reviews i have seen here miss to tell you one very important thing.


What you really need to know about this game is how CALM it is.
You could say how ZEN it is.


From the pleasent painterly like graphics to the music and sounds (even those that occur duing fights) NONE of it has the overladen, agressive stings of the usuall Tripple A Action games.

This game is a smooth calm spring rain on your nerves.
The music calms you down and searching for the hidden items in the beautyfully "drawn" levels with the soothing colours and fishing your food from a river, bobbing on it's surface in your hat/boat is the best thing you could do after a stressfull day of work.

Would i recommend it?

Absolutely! Makes me calm down every time i play it.
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102 of 115 people (89%) found this review helpful
Recommended
19.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 31, 2013
Ridiculously cute and funny, this is a game that is screaming for proper achievements. The characters are fun to play with. The level designs are sometimes a little heavy on the wide open spaces which can be a pain if you're hunting for, say, an elusive plant. The bosses are... very silly. If you fell for the trailers you will probably get a lot of fun out of being a ninja... or a chicken.... or a frog...
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74 of 77 people (96%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.9 hrs on record
Posted: March 29, 2014
Really weirdly good, much better than I was expecting. The action is very satisfying and it controls nicely. The world is also charming and interesting. I feel like too many people overlooked this title.
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85 of 97 people (88%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
11.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 11, 2015
Faulty's scorecard :-

1) Essential purchase
2) Recommended purchase
3) Recommended purchase during a sale
4) Not recommended unless heavily discounted
5) Not even recommended for Steam game collectors

Ninja Cute!

It speaks volumes of the quality of Mini Ninja's solid gameplay and cute engaging game world that a grown man such as myself could sit down and play a game from start to finish that is clearly aimed squarely for kids without brushing it aside for more thought provoking, grown-up fair. Mini Ninjas executes its charm offensive right from the opening credits as it plays out like one of the many Saturday morning cartoons I used to love to watch as a kid. What is even more surprising is that Mini Ninjas comes from the same studio that has built an empire out of anti-heroes. With Hitman and the Kane and Lynch series firmly under IO Interactive's belt, two very different franchises featuring characters with dubious lifestyles littered with sex, drugs, profanity and lots of merciless killing, Mini Ninjas ends up playing like a gentle breeze on a hot and muggy Saturday morning/afternoon. The closest the gamer is going to get to any kind of merciless killing in Mini Ninjas is enemies exploding in a colorful array of bubbles to reveal some poor wildlife animal that the games main villain, the evil Samurai Warlord, has transformed into mindless soldiers to do his dark bidding.

http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=400188372
Taking on role of Hiro, the youngest of all the mini ninjas and the last mini ninja to be sent out by the villages Ninja Master to discover the truth behind the storms that have suddenly appeared, desecrating the land. With all the Ninja Masters previous students failing to return with any kind of information - the fate of the world is soon bestowed upon the young shoulders of Hiro and his best friend Futo as they set out to discover what is causing the land such grave troubles. It is soon revealed that an evil Samurai Warlord, already once banished from the land, has returned to the world using the ancient art of Kuji magic to reign down ravaging storms and transform its innocent wildlife into mindless warriors. Kuji magic, it is soon discovered, is Hiro's ace in the hole. While the other missing mini ninjas may have mastered the techniques of ninja-hood it's Hiro's ability to master the arts of the Kuji that will be the lands saving grace.

http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=400268600
Mini Nijas features some incredibly tight controls and an engaging combat system (that includes various forms of Kuji magic learnt on the fly) as Hiro discovers lost Kuji magic scrolls in the most unlikeliest of places that will enable him and Futo to progress through the games ravaged lands. Along the way Hiro will also be tasked with locating the whereabouts of each missing mini ninja that the Ninja Master sent out initially and who never returned. Once each character is located and freed, they become available for use in game as the player is able to switch between Hiro, Futo and each freed mini ninja. Each mini ninja comes with his own distinct playstyle so one never really gets bored as you switch in and out of characters making use of each ones abilities.

http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=399493899
Along the way you will encounter Samurai Bosses sent out by the evil Samurai Warlord himself to thwart your progress. These bosses are not particularly challenging and mostly rely on quick-time events to defeat although in order to initiate these sequences you will first need to uncover each bosses weakness. These boss encounters are fun to engage with book-ending each of Mini Ninjas chapters perfectly. If I have a gripe with the game it's that the games camera occasionally takes on a life of its own as it twists and turns leaving you a bit disorientated in some of the battle sequences that play out. While certainly not game breaking in any way or form it does sometimes get mildly annoying.

Mini Ninjas is a simple game and while it may not provide much in the way of challenge to an older, more experienced crowd, still ends up being a joy to play because the way the game perfectly executes what it sets out to do. If you have any younger kids in your household that are always hankering to play something from your library then I would highly suggest picking up Mini Ninjas for them (and yourself of course). IO Interactive have succeeded in delivering a charming, albeit simple, little gem of a title that should see joy being spread around the room in equal measures for those playing the game or simply watching it.

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52 of 55 people (95%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
6.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 7, 2015
It’s a game aimed at kids, there’s no doubt about that. You can see that from the very presentation, to the fact that you don’t actually kill anyone despite battling countless “ninjas” on the way. As such it doesn’t offer much of a challenge, but it’s not easier than, say, Assassin’s Creed. That said it’s a game which is incredibly fun to play. It cute, it’s funny and the combat system is tight and satisfying. It has several playable characters which are kind of like different classes from RPGs, a crafting system and encourages exploration with a clever implementation of search for “spell scrolls”.

Definitely an overlooked game, and it’s a damn shame I would’ve liked a sequel. Ah well…
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48 of 51 people (94%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
7.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 21, 2014
This game is probably one of the most adoreable games I have ever played.
Aside from all the cuteness, the game has a very fun combat system where you can play as different (mini) ninjas who each have their own weapon and skills which make it very fun and interesting to play.
It's such a simple yet beautiful game packed with humor that I'm sure everyone will enjoy!
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44 of 48 people (92%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
25.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 27, 2014
well, me and my niece really loved to play together. so 10/10 , kids 6-11 y.o. and childish adult will love it. LOL!
gameplay and story very simple, yet beautifully scripted for kids.
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44 of 48 people (92%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
19.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 18, 2014
I never would have expected that much from a kids game. Great combat. Charming well laid out visuals. varied fighting styles. crafting. Awesome whitewater rafting and sledding down a mountain! yeah its was really good.
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36 of 38 people (95%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 30, 2014
Mini Ninjas is quite a good game. I love the characters, enemies and combat system, (usually) and the game's voice actors do a pretty good job as well. It has quite an "open world" feel, whereas, it's not an open world, but you don't feel limited to a single path. The story is simple, you're a ninja and the evil samurai warlord is threatening to take over the world. You go out on a quest to defeat this warlord and save the ninjas who failed to do so before you. The game looks very nice in my opinion, and the music, while not anything amazing, does compliment it nicely. Combat system works good, you get a couple ninjas you can switch between, To be honest I only used like 3-4 of them, and that's because sometimes you must use a specific character. The bosses are basically: Run from boss until you're able to do a quicktime event. They're all quicktime events, so don't expect a whole lot of difficulty with them.
But for me, I found this game to have some broken aspects/parts. On the "avalanche escape" sequence, It's incredibly hard to see, which is understandable, but I kept falling through cracks, or holes, and instead of dying, I'd be rolling/sliding until the avalanche eventually caught up with me. This was a VERY monotonous part of the game, and it really put a downer on the overall game. When you are in your hat on the water, it's quite soothing. but when you have to use your hat/boat to go through small waterways, it's incredibly slow and can be irritating. This game is indeed a kids game, don't expect a big story, deep characters or a long playthrough, but I have to admit, the cutscenes between the Warlord and his captains are hilarious.
This is a very good game for 10 euros, and I got it in a sale for 4, so I really recommend this game for players looking to burn off a couple hours without much challenge. I give it a fair 7/10, it's a cute game and it's worth the money.
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51 of 64 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
14.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 26, 2013
Such a cute game. Although it's definitely more of a children's title, it's still a nice relaxing game for adults to enjoy as well. You can always turn up the difficulty, ignore the power up potions, or explore the world for 100% completion to make it a little bit harder.

8/10
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31 of 33 people (94%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
26.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 14, 2014
Steam is home to a lot of crap, and I do mean a lot.. But it also is home to a number of hidden gems that no one really talks about much.

Mini Ninjas is one of those gems. A bit of an imperfect one, sure, but a gem nontheless. And like many hidden gems, it doesn't get a whole lot of attention.

The game is kinda an action adventure game, with small elements of RPG and stealth. You play the role of a ninja named Hiro, who is tasked with finding all his lost friends and saving the world while he is at it. A lot of pressure, I know, but then you are a ninja with the power to control the elements, so it shouldn't be too hard (Which kinda is a problem for the game, I'll explain later)

Being that you play the role of a ninja, stealth is a tool you'll be making a lot of use out of. As some might indicate, however, the stealth aspect of the game isn't really all that advanced, and oftentimes isn't used to avoid fights so much as it is to get the first strike in any given fight (or outright kill everyone in a patrol before they even have time to react). While it is possible to avoid fights, you won't want to in the early game, because you need to fight to gain XP and level up. Otherwise, the road ahead will be awfully harsh to those who don't kick enough butt. While quietly avoiding fights isn't encouraged (At least in the early game), the stealth system does indeed work very well, and in the late game, where by then you are already maxed out, it becomes much more viable.

When the time comes to fight, however, it is a mixed bag. Combat is simple, with a few basic attacks, a block breaker, and even a super move that can cause all sorts of pain for those unlucky to be the target of it. You also have a selection of items that can make fights go more smoothly, such as pepper bombs and potions that make arrows bounce off your face. However, the problem is that it IS simple, even to the point of simply mashing the two buttons until everyone is dead before moving on to the next fight. I myself don't mind it, but those seeking a deeper combat system might not enjoy the game as much.

Sure, as you progress through the game you'll unlock more ninjas to fight with, each having their own style (Such as the fat ninja's brute force hammer skills that can make fighting larger enemies blindingly easy, or the archer ninja's ranged combat skills). However, I never really did bother to use any of them besides the ninja you start with. In DK 64, the devs made it so that you had to use all the Kongs in order to beat the game, so you couldn't just march through the whole game with Donkey Kong the whole time. Not so much here, where you can get through the entire game without changing ninjas ONCE. Maybe on hard mode, you would have to swap out ninjas more often, but on normal mode it is rather pointless for the most part, and in some cases even more fun, since fighting larger enemies feels more satisfying when you have to put up a real fight to take them down, rather than swapping over to fat ninja and just wailing on them, stun locking them to death. And even moreso, the starter ninja is the only one who can use magic, and as you progress through the game, you'll learn how important magic is.

So, the combat is ok at best, the whole 6 ninja team gimmic is iffy when you can go through the whole game with the main star of the game just fine (and possibly makes the adventure so much more interesting and challenging), and stealth early on, while it does play a considerable role in the game, is mostly used for ambushing more than avoiding conflict altogether. And yet... I love this game.

Maybe it is because it reminds me of the glory days, back when we had games like Banjo & Kazooie 1 & 2, Conker's Bad Fur Day, Jak and Daxter... You know those kind of games? The ones where you feel like you are on a real adventure throughout an interesting, if sometimes even strange, world waiting to be explored. You start out in your humble village, venturing out chapter after chapter on your way to the big bad guy himself, taking out his generals and anyone else who dares to get in your way, while at the same time taking a moment to explore the area for goodies and new spells to unlock. It helps that the world and the music that fills it is quite appealing, making the journey all the more enjoyable. That, and it is around 9-10 hours on my first playthrough, so you get your money's worth for sure. Gotta love a game that keeps you busy for a nice long while.

As much as I'd like to yammer on and on, I'd like to wrap it up as a game that, while the gem is a bit cloudy, it is a gem nontheless, and a shame that it isn't more popular, let alone given a respected sequel (instead getting spinoffs on the Kinect and a Ipad runner.. Yeah, kinda a sad fate for the ninjas if you ask me).
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