Mini Ninjas Is Pretty Lovely Isn't It?

Posted by get2sammyb (6413 posts) -

Talk about a pleasant surprise. Well apart from that last boss, he was pretty shitty. But yeah, hello y'all. I beat Mini Ninjas yesterday and it's pretty darn lovely.
 

Mini Ninjas is essentially one of those strange type of games that nobody seems to care about at all. Perhaps it's because it's new IP, or cute and cuddly or just had bad marketing. I don't really know. I can say it bopped me on the head Itchy & Scratchy style though.
 
There's nothing particularly all that endearing about Mini Ninjas' gameplay. It falls under a number of cliches to be perfectly honest. There's basic platforming, basic combat, basic exploration. It doesn't really do anything badly, that's the type of game it is. Solid. But there are some lovely ideas that elevate it above that. Take protagonist Hiro's hat for instance -- it's not just a hat; it's a boat too. It's also a tobaggon. Simple, but charming, and Mini Ninjas is packed with stuff like that. It also does the thing that all kids entertainment should - be juvenile and simple on the surface, yet have many layers. Mini Ninjas is a bit like that.
 
But what most brings it to life are the graphics. They're beautiful. There are some surprisingly rough textures here and there, and the environments look a little flat, but get above that and what you have are some lovely environments. Most refreshingly, the game is extremely varied too, so while you might have only seen the lush plains from the demo, there's actually a lot more to Mini Ninja's design including a snow-top mountain and some film-noir elements.
 
In fact, despite being such an overlooked title, when trying to think up bad things about Mini Ninjas I can only rest on the dodgy QTE boss battles which are painfully simple.
 
It all goes to show really; you can release new IP, make a kiddy looking game and have it completely overlooked -- but it doesn't make it bad. Because honestly Mini Ninjas is rather good and certainly deserving of a trickle more attention.
#1 Posted by get2sammyb (6413 posts) -

Talk about a pleasant surprise. Well apart from that last boss, he was pretty shitty. But yeah, hello y'all. I beat Mini Ninjas yesterday and it's pretty darn lovely.
 

Mini Ninjas is essentially one of those strange type of games that nobody seems to care about at all. Perhaps it's because it's new IP, or cute and cuddly or just had bad marketing. I don't really know. I can say it bopped me on the head Itchy & Scratchy style though.
 
There's nothing particularly all that endearing about Mini Ninjas' gameplay. It falls under a number of cliches to be perfectly honest. There's basic platforming, basic combat, basic exploration. It doesn't really do anything badly, that's the type of game it is. Solid. But there are some lovely ideas that elevate it above that. Take protagonist Hiro's hat for instance -- it's not just a hat; it's a boat too. It's also a tobaggon. Simple, but charming, and Mini Ninjas is packed with stuff like that. It also does the thing that all kids entertainment should - be juvenile and simple on the surface, yet have many layers. Mini Ninjas is a bit like that.
 
But what most brings it to life are the graphics. They're beautiful. There are some surprisingly rough textures here and there, and the environments look a little flat, but get above that and what you have are some lovely environments. Most refreshingly, the game is extremely varied too, so while you might have only seen the lush plains from the demo, there's actually a lot more to Mini Ninja's design including a snow-top mountain and some film-noir elements.
 
In fact, despite being such an overlooked title, when trying to think up bad things about Mini Ninjas I can only rest on the dodgy QTE boss battles which are painfully simple.
 
It all goes to show really; you can release new IP, make a kiddy looking game and have it completely overlooked -- but it doesn't make it bad. Because honestly Mini Ninjas is rather good and certainly deserving of a trickle more attention.
#2 Posted by Seedofpower (3909 posts) -

You should turn this into a review. With stars and such.

#3 Posted by eroticfishcake (7780 posts) -
@Seedofpower said:
" You should turn this into a review. With stars and such. "
Dazzle me Sammy! You look like a type of guy who's good at it.
#4 Edited by AhmadMetallic (18955 posts) -

oh snap! mini ninjas... thanks for reminding me

#5 Posted by Bucketdeth (7981 posts) -

My girlfriend wants to pick this up, shes pretty casual, do you think she would like this?

#6 Posted by spankingaddict (2646 posts) -

it was a decent game... worth a rent...

#7 Edited by Al3xand3r (7574 posts) -
@get2sammyb said:

"Mini Ninjas is essentially one of those strange type of games that nobody seems to care about at all. Perhaps it's because it's new IP, or cute and cuddly or just had bad marketing."

Or they played the demo and didn't find it so engaging.
#8 Edited by get2sammyb (6413 posts) -
@Al3xand3r said:

" @get2sammyb said:

"Mini Ninjas is essentially one of those strange type of games that nobody seems to care about at all. Perhaps it's because it's new IP, or cute and cuddly or just had bad marketing."

Or they played the demo and didn't find it so engaging. "
And I was one of those very folks. But thankfully the lovely folks at Eidos sent me a review copy for a website I must not mention. It won me over about an hour after the demo ends.
 

@Bucketdeth

said:

" My girlfriend wants to pick this up, shes pretty casual, do you think she would like this? "

Without a doubt yes, and you'll probably find yourself playing it yourself afterwards. Like I say, it's not going to win any awards -- but it's all rather attractive and nice.
 

@eroticfishcake

said:

" @Seedofpower said:

" You should turn this into a review. With stars and such. "

Dazzle me Sammy! You look like a type of guy who's good at it. "
The mods don't let me post my reviews so I don't anymore. They said I was spamming because I included a little link with it. I'm not posting my work without a trackback to where it was originally written for. So I just straight up don't post them anymore.
 
But I don't like to go on about it... Because I'm totally not bitter. ;)
#9 Posted by eroticfishcake (7780 posts) -
@get2sammyb: Aww. That's too bad. I'm going on hunger strike for this! Or I can just leave it, which I will because I couldn't be arsed. Anyhoos, thanks for the headsup on this. I should get it...when I get some money that is.
#10 Posted by get2sammyb (6413 posts) -

I suppose I'd wait for it to get cheaper. After all it is kinda short. It should sell well at around £25 though. Well worth that.

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