Mini Ninjas was developed by IO Interactive, a company located in Germany. It is the follow up to the hit PC game Tomb Raider Anniversary. The game takes place in ancient Japan and involves many martial arts fighting techniques and puzzles for the player to solve. A Japanese version was released for the first time and includes local voiceovers, and is out now for the first time. This release improves upon the already fantastic action and adventure elements present in Tomb Raider Anniversary. The new storyline involving the ninja clan, the Shugan forces and the mysterious dark energy are an all-action, third person action game.
The story revolves around six young men who are thrown into a battle between the opposing armies of two warlords. With no previous fighting experience, they have no idea how to win the war, but with the help of a mysterious warrior known as the Dragon Master, they discover that the only way to do so is to become ninjas. The dragon masters guide them through a deadly training process, teaching them all about fighting and stealth, while also teaching them how to become powerful warriors with a powerful crystallized essence. Once trained, the ninjas set out to find and kill the leader of the opposing clan, the warlord Azura.
The game is very engaging and has excellent graphics for a console. The fighting sequences are particularly good and can feel quite difficult for those who have never played a ninja game before. Some of the hidden objects and mini-games are a little too random, but in the end, it's still an exciting game to play. The new mini that you can recruit to your team are fun to use and have their own special attack patterns and are well worth playing for the price of admission alone.