LEGO NINJAGO: SHADOW OF RONIN
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.
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
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!
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
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
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
Besides, most adults wouldn’t have the slightest clue
just WTF’s going on.