LEGO Ninjago Spinjitzu Scavenger Hunt

Common Sense Media says

Decent battle game overshadowed by heavy marketing.





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Ease of play

The controls of the battle game are easy: Tilt your device to move the character and tap to make him spin.

Violence & scariness

LEGO minifigure characters spin into each other, bearing weapons like swords, clubs, and axes. The losing character simply breaks up into little LEGO pieces.

Sexy stuff
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The game not only features LEGO Ninjago toys, but also incorporates the physical toys into the game -- or at least their boxes. Half of the "missions" are scavenger hunts, in which kids are told to use their iDevice to scan the bar code of specific Ninjago toy packages. Kids don't need to buy the toy, of course, but they do need to physically have it in hand.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Privacy & safety
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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.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Pricing structure:Free
Release date:April 1, 2011
Category:Action Games
Minimum software requirements:iOS 4.0 or later

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Parent of a 9 year old Written bymrswhite March 25, 2012


I don't like this game because it gets really boring, it is my 2nd to least favorite app. There really isn't any violence.
Kid, 11 years old February 7, 2012

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