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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that LEGO Ninjago Spinjitzu Scavenger Hunt is a toy-based game with a heavy marketing component. The battle arena part of the game (which contains minor toy-against-toy violence) is only half of it. The other half is a scavenger hunt that sends kids on a real-life hunt for specific LEGO Ninjago toy packages in order to scan (or type in) their bar codes. Finding these packages rewards kids with in-game coins that they can use to buy more parts for their customizable LEGO characters. Toys don't need to be purchased in order to fulfill the scavenger hunt missions, but kids will have to literally have the toys on hand.
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LEGO NINJAGO SPINJITZU SCAVENGER HUNT would have gotten a higher rating from us had so much of it not been dedicated to marketing. The battle game has a fun, easy-to-learn mechanic, and there's a great, variety-filled create-a-character mode that can be a blast to use. But sending players to look at the UPC symbols on toy boxes is not only annoying, it's also a far-too-obvious ploy to get kids into the LEGO aisles at their local toy stores. You can play the app without doing the "scavenger hunt" missions, but you can't stop kids from seeing the missions listed under their game objectives.
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