American Ninja Warrior Challenge

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Paul Semel, Common Sense Media
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Show-inspired arcade game is fun for "Ninja Warrior" fans.

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Positive Messages

Sometimes you have to perform a task over and over until you do it right. Perseverance is required in life as well as in competition.

Positive Role Models & Representations

While they may fall down, the characters in this game are always willing to get up and try again until they get it right.

Ease of Play

The game has two difficulty settings. Controls are simple to learn but require exact timing and memorization, especially when played on the "pro" setting.

Violence & Scariness

While participants are shown falling down in ways that would hurt real people, there's no blood or gore shown.

Language
Consumerism

Game is based on a TV show and may prompt players to want to watch the show.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that American Ninja Warrior Challenge is an arcade game for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch. It's based on the TV game show American Ninja Warrior and has no inappropriate content. While characters fall down in ways that would hurt, there's no blood or gore. Similarly, while some of the athletic outfits they wear are form fitting, there's nothing revealing or sexier than a sports bra. This also has no cursing or anyone using drugs or alcohol. Playing the game may prompt gamers to watch the show.

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Teen, 13 years old Written byraferhansen April 9, 2019

WHAT!!!! I LOVE THIS SHOW!!!!

It is the best! I love it. I watched and still watch this show, so the game is a dream come true. I really suggest it.

What's it about?

Like the TV game show that inspired it, AMERICAN NINJA WARRIOR CHALLENGE has people running an obstacle course. Players have to hit specific buttons at just the right time to complete the courses; failing to do so results in them falling into a pool of water or something else equally embarrassing. But unlike similar action-based games that require split-second timing, this one doesn't have you cheating death or trying to save the princess; you're doing it for the glory of finishing the course. And, we assume, to get your face on a box of cereal.

Is it any good?

Much like the athletic game show that inspired it, this arcade obstacle course game will entertain fans of the show, while fans of similar games will find it boring. Like the TV showAmerican Ninja Warrior Challenge has you running, jumping, and climbing your way through an obstacle course that looks like a more adult version of something you'd find in a fancy playground. Hitting the right button at the right time, you have to navigate your way through such challenges as the "Broken Bridge" (a series of thin platforms you have to jump on), the "Warped Wall" (which has you trying to run up a skateboard park-like curved wall), and the "Ultimate Cliffhanger" (in which you shimmy along suspended platforms while hanging from your hands). You even have to be mindful of your stamina, just like a real contestant.

But while this brings the fun and excitement of the TV game show to game consoles, people who aren't fans of the show -- or who expect this to be more like other obstacle course video games -- will find these challenges and the way you play them to be a bit plain and boring. Because you're hitting different buttons to perform the same action, this feels more like Guitar Hero or Rock Band -- or, for older folks, the classic Track & Field from 1983 -- than it does like more modern platformers that feature Mario, Donkey Kong, or Meat Boy. But while American Ninja Warrior Challenge may not be for serious gamers, it will be fun for serious fans of the show.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about marketing and promotion. American Ninja Warrior Challenge is made for fans of the show, but it's also designed to promote it. Does seeing the game make you want to watch the program?

  • Is the impact of the violence in American Ninja Warrior Challenge affected by the fact that competitors wear protective gear to prevent injuries? Is the intensity reduced because no blood or gore is shown during gameplay?

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