Ninjas Live

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Christopher Healy, Common Sense Media
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Strangers can send messages as they "attack" other players.

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The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Ease of Play

Completing a mission simply means having all the necessary requirements before you press "Do It." Those requirements may be specific weapons, skills, or magic spells.

Violence

No violence is shown, but you will collect many weapons (swords, throwing stars, poison daggers, etc.) and attack others in text-based battles. Violent acts (assassinations, duels, etc.) are talked about in text-based missions. Players can choose "assassin" or "thief" as their character class.

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Language

There is no profanity in the game's text, but it's possible that other players will use vulgar language in their messages or screennames. While curse words are supposed to be blocked, creative cussers find ways around this.

Consumerism

The app is free, but you can pay real money to get quick boosts of "honor points" which are used to upgrade your characters in the game. Honor point packages can cost $5, $10, or $15.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that NINJAS LIVE is a massively multiplayer game. While there's no live chatting with other players, messages can be sent between them. Also, you will see their screennames, and some of them are lewd or vulgar. The action is all text-based, so while many violent acts will be talked about in the game (missions include "Kill Rogue Ninja" and "Set Crime Store on Fire," for example), no graphic violence is shown. Parents should also be aware that real money can be spent in the app store to quickly earn extra "honor points." Our review is based on the iPhone app; the Android app may have some differences in functionality.

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Is it any good?

Ninjas Live is an open massively multiplayer game with text-based missions. There's not much to do in it other than press "Do it" to complete missions and earn money to buy more skills and weapons that will open up new missions to click "Do It" on. The main draw seems to be collecting teammates (who can be strangers) and attacking other random players (who can be strangers) for more skill points. There's a certain sense of completion in earning enough money to open all the missions, train in all the skills, and buy all the equipment, but if that's not your thing, there's not much for you here. One good thing about the game is that you only have a certain amount of energy and once you've used it up, you have to stop playing until your energy builds back up in real time.

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