What is Lego Ninjago: Nindroids?
Much like the other Lego games, Lego Ninjago: Nindroids is an easy-to-pick-up-and-play platformer, with an emphasis on smashing stuff up, solving the odd simple puzzle, and, of course, beating up plenty of bad guys along the way. In a classic story of good triumphing over evil, you get to take control of the main characters from the new LEGO Ninjago Rebooted TV show, and set about saving New Ninjago City from the clutches of the evil Overlord and his horde of robotic Nindroid minions.
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How do you play Lego Ninjago: Nindroids?
A simple, kid-friendly action game, with a pretty much straight path through each level, there's little that younger players will struggle with here. With a number of different Ninjas in tow, some levels do require you to make use of different character's special abilities to proceed, but everything stays nice and simple. For example, female ninja Nya is the only one capable of hacking into computer terminals, whilst small hatches require a small character, such as Min-droid, to use, and ice Ninja Zane is able to use shurikens to hit far off switches, enemies and objects. Combat itself is pretty simple too, mostly revolving around mashing the Y button, with no real penalties for dying - lose all your health, and your characters will just reappear again, having lost a portion of their studs (the game's currency, used to buy extras in the shop) - there's no such thing as a game over, making this great for little ones.
How easy is Lego Ninjago: Nindroids to pick up and play?
Fully voiced and pretty straightforward to understand, Nindroids should be as fine for the younger end of the spectrum as it is for the older Lego fan. About the only potentially confusing part is knowing which character to use in which situation. The game will prompt you to change to the correct character for a task by flashing up with a mugshot on the Touch Screen - if you don't have the relevant person, you'll hear a 'bonk' noise to tell you you may have to come back later with said character in tow - but beyond that, this is a lot of simple fun.
As with the other Lego games, Ninjago is free from bad language, sex and gore. But being a game about Ninjas, there is some slapstick "violence" involved - players beat up bad guys and robots in a comic fashion, with defeated enemies simply breaking apart into their constituent bricks and fading away, sometimes accompanied by a bit of an explosion.
Format Reviewed: Nintendo 3DS