I have to admit when I got this game I didn't even have what would be consider any kind of hope for it. However when I started playing it I became immersed in the world of these six young ninjas, each having his/her own style of play. This turns out to be a great concept that's adds a level of strategy to the game that is more than just a normal Hack-n'-Slash by making you decide wisely which Mini Ninja would be best suited for the current situation your in and can mean the difference in victory and defeat especially on the harder difficulty.
I loved the games graphics which put me in mind of a better version of The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker. and really the only complaints I have is the dialog at times can be childish and some of the Bosses could really be based on a children book at least two of the bosses in particular can and the bosses themselves are usually push overs. when compared the Levels are harder. but I can't give a game a low score just because its maturity level is low I mean the game is more geared toward a younger audience. The reason I gave it a 9 and not a 10 was it seemed rather short and the mini bosses I thought could have been a little harder even for a younger audience.with that said theirs nothing about the game as far as how its made I can say is bad, It had no glitches and I played through it twice. and the controls control well. so the game is solid.
All in all I thought this was a game defiantly worth renting especially if you like ninjas. at times it can seem like the easiest game in the world and other be frustratingly hard so in the end its well balanced and a well made game. and for you trophy hunters out there this is a good easy platinum with two playthroughs at least. and the second time trough it will seem like a breeze. trust me.
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This game surprised me with it's quality. It's a very fun game and I found myself always wanting to play "one more level". The controls are exception, with the slight exception of the reticle aiming for the bow - but it's just a little over-sensitive.
There are some small graphics things that could have been improved, such as shadowing of the main character, there's some seams that show up now and then, and some minor clipping issues. But for the intended art style, it's very well done.
This is a great kids game as well. It's not overly difficult, contains no blood (the enemies change back to their animal forms when defeated), and no bad language.
I really enjoyed the game which is similar to a Ratchet & Clank or Crash Bandicoot game. Sure it's old school, and it really doesn't innovate that much, but the pacing and story are well worth a play.
Let's talk potential here though - It would have been nice if the different mini-ninja's you save throughout the game had more purpose. I only used 3 of them (the main character, the heavy one, and the archer). I didn't find any compelling reason to use the others.
But the one thing that should have been included is a co-op mode. This would have been a fantastic parent and child co-op game, and the developers really missed an opportunity here.
Bottom line - this game is surprisingly fun, has a great story, is mildly humorous, even for adults, and although it lacks real replay value, I think I'll play through it one more time because it's just fun clearing levels.