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LEGO Ninjago Nindroids Review


There seems to be no end in sight when it comes to the Lego games from Warner Bros Games, especially since TT Games hit that sweet spot by combining classic platform action with an insane amount of collecting. Whilst most of the more popular Lego titles have strong links to the silver screen there have also been games based on home grown ideas like the Ninjago television series.

Even though the majority of the games have been well received there has always been a large difference between the home console and handheld versions, with them still offering the same humour and action however the smaller versions often lack that spark. The same can be said for this most recent release with the game offering us the same Lego magic but on a scaled down version. 



Lego Ninjago Nindroids follows on from the previous Nintendo DS game and TV show with the Spinjitsu Masters defeating the Dreaded Overlord and the citizens of the city then rebuilding their homes into New Ninjago City, a utopia for all things technological. Though things appear to be going great, evil again lurks, with the Overlord inhabiting the Digiverse and managing to take control of the city for his own nefarious deeds, to capture the Golden Ninja and become whole once again. Thankfully just before his ultimate reveal the Ninja team are given four special weapons, Technoblades that allow them to take control of the Overlords machinery and vehicles and also happen to be the final key to reboot the Digiverse and get rid of the Overlord once and for all. So begins a huge battle of good and evil, with many returning favourite’s and plenty of new characters as the four Ninja take on the Overlord, General Cryptor and his Nindroid army and even a cybernetic mind controlled Sensei Wu.

If you have ever played a Lego game before you know exactly what to expect, the main campaign taking us through the story, visiting a huge assortment of places for plenty of ninja action. Most of the levels are your "fight enemy to unlock next area" scenario with the touch screen allowing for quick selection between the heroes, each one having their own fighting style and ability when it comes to interacting with certain puzzles like putting out fires or breaking down walls. There are a surprisingly large amount of levels with lots of quality cut scenes on offer so to keep the game interesting there are a few special levels that offer something a little different like acting as a gunner for an attack helicopter, smashing up enemies from the comfort of your own giant mech and even a post-apocalyptic version of Paperboy? With so many levels on offer the game does skimp a little on the length with many of these levels only taking a minute to complete, however if looked at like that you are missing a huge part of the joy to be found in Lego games as when the story has been completed is usually when the fun really starts, the game then letting you replay previous levels, slowly unlocking the many side missions (10 on each level) and unlocking loads of new characters who can then be used to unlock even more areas.



Away from the actual story there is also the hub area and sadly like other 3DS Lego games this area is a little scarce with it consisting of a small block of New Ninjago City that offers a place for your mini kit building, a dojo for some fighting practice and a shop to spend your hard earned studs on in-game cheats and new characters.

Lego Ninjago Nindroids still has enough of the now classic Lego gameplay to keep you hooked from start to finish but the overall content does feel a little light, maybe we have just been spoilt with other Lego games, however this title is clearly aimed at a younger audience due to the more simpler puzzles and gameplay and will entertain for hours on end.

Words by Ash Buchanan.
(Version Tested: 3DS)

Pros

Loads to unlock
A new Ninjago story to enjoy
Classic Lego replayability.

Cons

No 3D effects on the cutscenes.
Levels are really short.

Edited On 15 Aug, 2014

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