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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Ninja Fishing is a cross-breed of fishing game and slice-and-dice game, a la Fruit Ninja. You first guide your fishing line through a sea full of ocean creatures, trying to catch as many of them as possible on your hook. Once that is done, all the marine life you just snagged is tossed at you (along with some bombs), for you to slice in mid-air. Be aware that bisected fish show the meat and bone inside.
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What's it about?
Kids tap the ninja (complete with comical one-liners) to release the fishing hook. Kids tilt the device side to side, guiding the hook to avoid fish on the way down. When they touch a fish, the hook moves up and kids have to hook 'em. The fish are thrown up above the water, and players must slice them in mid-air avoiding the odd (as in, out of place) dynamite packs.
Is it any good?
NINJA FISHING is goofy fun with a nice challenge factor and a little bit of gross-out humor. The two very distinct skills you must hone in order to succeed -- precision steering as you guide your fishing line down to the bottom of the sea and back, and fast-paced swipe attacks as you "sushify" your catch -- complement one another nicely and give the whole experience a welcome element of variety (and prevents the game from feeling like a complete rip-off of Fruit Ninja). The collection element can be fun also, in that you'll want to go deeper and deeper with each try, in order to find new species of fish.
Given that you are slicing fish instead of fruit a la Fruit Ninja, this game is better with older kids who understand that we slice fish to eat them (rather than younger kids who will see this as simply killing fish).
For kids who love fast-paced challenges
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