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The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that LEGO Battles Ninjago is not the same type of action-adventure game as many of the other popular LEGO video games, like LEGO Harry Potter, LEGO Star Wars, and LEGO Batman. This is a battle-based strategy game, much more akin to the LEGO Battles DS game. It's about harvesting bricks to construct facilities, building facilities to generate soldiers, and assigning tasks to those soldiers. As a strategy game, Ninjago feels aimed at a slightly older audience than those other LEGO games.
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What's it about?
In LEGO BATTLES NINJAGO, a martial arts sage name Sensei Wu puts together a team of superpowered ninjas to help him fend off an army of evil skeletons led by Wu's wicked brother, Lord Garmadon. Gameplay follows a real-time strategy format, in which players need to harvest resources, construct buildings, and assign missions to their soldiers in each battle. After first playing as the ninja army, players can take later on the role of the skeletons.
Is it any good?
LEGO Battles Ninjago is relatively simple as real-time strategy games go, which is a good thing, considering the younger target audience for a LEGO game. At the same time, it may still be a bit more complex than fans of the more action-oriented LEGO games are looking for. But as long as players approach Ninjago with the right expectations, they can definitely have fun with it. Control-wise, it would be helpful if the distinction between tapping and swiping was a little more clear-cut. And "normal" difficulty could definitely use more health pick-ups to keep your characters from dying. But this is the type of game that gets easier, the more time you spend with it -- you'll need patience to learn the winning tactics and strategies.
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