Review: Mini Ninjas
Mini Ninjas is the latest offering from Square Enix. Mini Ninjas is a beautifully crafted endless runner/side scroller experience.
Mini Ninjas is a fast paced endless runner with a great sense of humour. The world is filled with cute characters within a Japanese setting, filled with various Ninja and Samurai characters.
You control Hiro and his group of friends, Futo, Suzume and Kunoichi as you endlessly travel across the game world. You collect coins as you run and are rewarded by undertaking various challenges along the way, and defeating the Samurai that confront you.
You can use the main character Hiro to run, jump, wall run, and slash your way through some really nice looking environments. Along the way you will constantly fight Samurais and Flying Samurai Monks, this does not really get repetitive as you can jump over them if you do not wish to fight. This is a nice part of the game because you can play it in a number of ways, either by hacking and slashing your way, or by using stealthy fast paced ninja techniques to jump past all your enemies.
A major part of the game is building up your Kuji energy and power by freeing trapped animals found across the world, destroying obstacles in your way and attacking Samurai warriors. You are then given the ability to create Kuji Magic spells in the Dojo. You can then trigger these attacks in game to make you more powerful.
During the game you can smash the cages you find on your journey and to rescue your ninja friends and then use their unique skills and weapons to fight the Samurai.
Each of the 4 characters that you can play as has their own unique play styles. For example the main character Hiro is equipped with classic ninja moves like wall running and Kuji magic. Suzume can use a magic flute to attract collectibles or to attack enemies. Kunoichi can use a staff to perform attacking jumps. And finally Futo, who has a massive hammer can smash rocks.
You are able to visit the Dojo when you are not collecting coins and customise your Mini Ninja with a nice range of ninja related outfits, disguises and weapons, there is even an Agent 47 from the Hitman Franchise outfit snuck in there for good measure.
I would definitely recommend this game to all iPad and iPhone gamers as it is a very fun, addictive and forgiving gaming experience. The game world is friendly and filled with great sound effects and slick graphics to keep you glued to the action.
As with most iTunes games these days you have the ability for micro transactions if you want all of the in-game customisations from the start, but that comes at a cost. I would suggest just playing the game casually and before you know it, you have racked up an insane amount of points and ingredients for potions!
Mini Ninjas is available now on iTunes for the iPad & iPhone priced at £0.69
Version reviewed: iPad.