Lego Ninjago: Shadow of Ronin

Game review by
David Chapman, Common Sense Media
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Lego's ninja franchise spun into clever hand-held adventure.

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

Positive Messages

Work together as a team to overcome obstacles, as well as protecting friends and family.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Heroes are a surrogate family who protect one another, put others' needs ahead of their own.

Ease of Play

Simple controls, easy to learn.

Violence

Although there's no blood or gore, the central focus is combat, with enemies falling apart into Lego pieces.

Consumerism

Based on Lego's Ninjago line, which includes toys, movies, cartoons, and other licensed merchandise.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Lego Ninjago: Shadow of Ronin is a fun action-adventure game based on the Lego's popular Ninjago TV series and toy line. Heroes work together as a team, using various ninja skills and weapons to defeat their enemies. The game is easy to pick up and play but offers lots of hidden collectibles to keep kids' interest. Though there's no blood or gore within the game, the game does revolve around combat, with defeated enemies breaking into Lego bricks. The game may get players interested in the other Lego products, including toys, games, and cartoons.

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What's it about?

LEGO NINJAGO: SHADOW OF RONIN is the latest action-adventure game featuring the stars of the popular Lego Ninjago cartoon. This time around, the Ninjago team must face off against Ronin, a mysterious new enemy with the power to take away the heroes' powers and their memories. Kai, Cole, and the rest of the "Masters of Spinjitsu" have to band together to piece together their memories, recover the lost Obsidian Weapons, and stop Ronin from unleashing chaos in the world of Ninjago.

Is it any good?

Lego Ninjago: Shadow of Ronin takes everything that kids love about the cartoon and packs it nicely into a handheld game. It's easy to pick up and play, the action is constant, and the story keeps all the goofy humor kids have come to expect from the Spinjitsu masters. There's also a lot of extra hidden and unlockable extras to keep kids coming back even after completing the story. It's easy to tell that Lego Ninjago: Shadow of Ronin is geared more toward younger gamers. The fighting is basic button-mashing, and the puzzles all are relatively simple. As with many Lego games, certain characters' specific abilities are needed to overcome certain obstacles, but the game is pretty good about helping players progress. Overall, Lego Ninjago: Shadow of Ronin does a great job of letting kids feel like they've become a part of the show.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about teamwork. How can different skills from different people help to overcome obstacles?

  • Talk about the interests spinning out of the game. Do kids enjoy creative building? Do the ninja characters spark an interest in learning more about martial arts?

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