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LEGO Ninjago Review

The second of three LEGO games in three months...

LEGO Ninjago review: LEGO Ninjago is very different from the likes of LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars and LEGO Pirates Of The Caribbean. A real-time strategy game in the same vein as Command & Conquer, it tells the story of a war between the Spinjitzu heroes and the Skulkin villains.

You get to play as both armies throughout the campaign and battle modes and it's pretty straightforward. Select members of your party and tap them (or draw a rectangle to select multiple members), then tap what you want them to do.

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LEGO Ninjago looks horrible, resembling the mobile phone games that were going around five years ago, with confusing, unexplained icons, tiny characters and limited animations. The DS can do so much better than this.

Stick with it, though, for a reasonably enjoyable strategy game. Things move fairly quickly and while the tutorial does everything in its power to confuse you, once you stumble through this you'll start to enjoy the game as there's a lengthy story mode and loads of unlockables to find which encourages you to keep playing through it.

There are the odd moments where you're told to go somewhere and have no way of knowing where it is until your squad comes across it or when tapping a character to select them doesn't do anything, but these thankfully don't happen too often.

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If you do get Ninjago, look for the special edition which comes with a DVD featuring four episodes of the cartoon. The game is a half-decent introduction to real-time strategy for beginners, but its far too basic for everyone else.

Stick with the likes of Heroes Of Mana and Final Fantasy XII: Revenant Wings for a much longer, engrossing experience.

This is an edited version of a review that will feature in issue 69 of Official Nintendo Magazine which goes on sale on 12 May. Want to make sure you never miss an issue? Subscribe now and get a copy of Super Monkey Ball 3D!


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  1. AMthedude Friday 15th Apr 2011 at 12:47

    I really liked the first Lego Battles game, so I'll probably pick this up. I would've liked it to include more Lego themes than just Ninjago, though.

  2. pokemanD Friday 15th Apr 2011 at 12:55

    Yeah, Lego Battles was awesome.

  3. boofan25 Friday 15th Apr 2011 at 15:23

    i prefer the comand and conquer style of game i think it puts out the platformer in a way :D

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