Review: Mini Ninjas (Xbox 360)

September 13, 2009

My review of Mini Ninjas is now up at Eurogamer. Sadly, the full game doesn’t really deliver on the promise suggested by the demo. Nutshell version: “There’s a nifty and varied little adventure game here, but only occasionally does it peek out from under its button-mashing disguise to let you know it exists.” Kids will certainly enjoy it while it lasts, but it could have been something much more interesting.

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First Impressions: Mini Ninjas demo

August 24, 2009

Mini Ninjas marks a change of pace for Danish games developer IO Interactive. Best known for the stealth mayhem of the Hitman series, as well as the foul-mouthed, blood-soaked action thriller Kane & Lynch, the shift to tranquil cartoon forests and cute bobble-headed characters for their latest release is rather surprising.

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Review: Bonsai Barber (Wii)

August 24, 2009

Bonsai-BarberMy full review of the bizarre WiiWare vegetable hairdressing game can now be found over in the perfumed gardens of Eurogamer. It’s an odd little game in which you cut the leaves of cartoon vegetables into unusual shapes, and kids will love its daft humour.

Be warned though: as fun as it seems, it’s quite expensive, and doesn’t have much long-term appeal.

Review: G-Force (Xbox 360)

August 24, 2009

A surprisingly robust action game that sadly fails to understand its target audience, Disney’s G-Force is exactly the sort of game I set up this site to cover.

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First LEGO Indy 2 screens

August 24, 2009

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The first screens from LEGO Indiana Jones 2: The Adventure Continues have made their way online and…well, it looks like LEGO Indiana Jones, obviously. What we do get to see are some key scenes from Kingdom of the Crystal Skull as well as a mysterious diagonal split-screen. Whether this heralds the arrival of some crazy new multiplayer mode, or is just a fancy screenshot for no apparent reason, we’ll just have to wait and see.

What we do know is that the game will reprise the three movies which already formed the first LEGO Indy game, with the addition of Crystal Skull. This may mean that the game is more in line with LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga, which combined two separate games into one tweaked compilation, than an entirely new game in its own right.

LEGO Indiana Jones 2 is due to whipcrack its way into shops in “Fall 2009”, on Wii, DS, 360, PS3 and PSP.

Click more to see the new screens.

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Review: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Xbox 360)

August 10, 2009

A vast improvement over last year’s Order of the Phoenix game, this latest in the Harry Potter series finds a more welcoming balance between progression and exploration, while also allowing young fans to take part in magic duels and Quidditch matches.

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Review: Bookworm Adventures 2 (PC)

August 8, 2009

What does it take to lure a 7-year-old away from the Xbox 360? Would you believe, spelling? Or at least spelling as presented in PopCap’s latest ingenious gem of pick up and play gaming.

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LEGO Universe to bring generations together

July 30, 2009

Ryan Seabury, creative director of the upcoming online LEGO Universe, claims that it will be the game to bridge the gap between tech-savvy kids and their less game-aware parents and grandparents.

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Marvel Super Hero Squad trailer

July 30, 2009

The recent Comic Con event in San Diego saw the reveal of a new trailer for the upcoming kid-friendly brawler, Marvel Super Hero Squad, and it’s now found its way online.

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More gameplay from Shorts

July 30, 2009

Majesco Entertainment has released a new character gameplay trailer for their upcoming DS movie spin-off, Shorts.

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