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POSTED 28/3/15


LEGO NINJAGO: SHADOW OF RONIN

WB Games



Pirates, cowboys, dinosaurs, aliens, zombies, girlie stereotypes – you name it, LEGO’s got it covered.

But when it comes to super-popular tropes, ninjas likely top the list. Naturally LEGO have the theme well and truly nailed with their original, yet slightly non-original, Ninjago series.

Leg godt, those Danish folk are slick operators!

As are the Ninjago crew. Imagine the Karate Kid, but with friends. Erm, and doing ninja stuff rather than straight out Kung-Fu. Why? Well, there’s a Mr Miyagi type in wizened Sensei Wu, plus several young and impressionable martial artists in need of some structure. Which they’ll probably render smashed into blockular bitty-bits with their incredible abilities.

Well, they would if that sneaky Ronin hadn’t stolen those abilities, along with their more recent memories. Bummer, dude!

So, as a team you set out to regain your abilities and memories, luckily still possessing your whirlwind-like ‘Spinjitzu’ move. Cue... LEGO game!

While adhering to all that we’re used to from LEGO games, seeing as – much like the rightfully revered plastic blocks - they haven’t exactly changed much over the years, Shadow of Ronin is a simplified outing.

As with all LEGO games there are different abilities – melting stuff, stomp power, pulling switches etc, as well as collecting studs and bricks, smashing stuff, building stuff, flying, driving (“awesome vehicles”!) and facing myriad puzzles. It just isn’t necessarily as full-on as such things as LEGO Star Wars or LEGO Batman. Which is good, as younger kids can get into proceedings without having to face sometimes brutally obtuse puzzles – or nag you for help every five minutes.

With slick voice acting that recreates the inevitable TV series almost perfectly and a game length that doesn’t outstay its welcome, this really is a perfect LEGO game for younger kids.

Besides, most adults wouldn’t have the slightest clue just WTF’s going on.

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