Naruto Online

Game review by
Franklin Rinaldi, Common Sense Media
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Turn-based multiplayer only captures half of show's magic.

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 4 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Players get rewarded for helping others as they follow story, but you're fighting as a ninja against a variety of monsters, characters.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Players pick, choose to play characters, but while they can base them off characters from show, player motivations are unknown.

Ease of Play

Simple controls, automated features, but with difficult learning curve in item, character upgrading, team composition, development.

Violence

It's a fighting game that gives appearance of defeating opponents, not killing them. No blood, gore.

Sex

Mild displays of obscured nudity in one of Naruto's ability actions; it happens very fast, not overly inappropriate.  

Consumerism

Free to play with many incentives to spend money on convenience items to power up your characters. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Naruto Online is a browser-based or software-based massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) where players are ninjas embarking on their own journeys in the Naruto universe, a popular manga. Players recruit original characters from the series and engage in intense ninjutsu battles against other ninjas wielding the powers of the elements: earth, fire, wind or lighting. Players proceed through the story leveling their characters, build teams by collecting familiar ninjas from the series, and battle in a turn-based combat system. The goal is to collect items and level your ninjas to greater power and levels. Naruto Online is free to play, but the game utilizes many timers, clickable icons, and daily rewards to encourage the use of real money to buy items in the online item mall or cash shop, which can get expensive. The timed rewards get longer and longer in duration, which encourages players to continue to play for extended periods. There's also an open-chat system that parents need to be aware of and have necessary conversations about for younger children.  

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 10 year old Written byNaruto FanMan July 28, 2016

Great for preteens. not for fourth graders.

It's an good game. Not for any kids younger than 10.
Teen, 14 years old Written byBartMario2001 July 28, 2016

Awesome game ,there is SOME Blood,Some Nudity And Violence. not for Kids 9 and Under

It's an great game. I have been playing for 5 days. it's really good. However I think that kids 9 and under should not play because there is some bloo... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byLIGHTNINGMAQUEEN September 6, 2018

1 And a half years experience

Only good if you've read/watched Naruto, otherwise it's lacking as a MMORPG, if you do play be warned you will most likely not get top spots on a serv... Continue reading

What's it about?

NARUTO ONLINE is set in the Naruto and Naruto Shippuden storyline, where players embark on a journey as a ninja learning how to compete and grow while gathering more ninjas to your team through familiar locations such as Village Hidden in the Sand and the Valley of the End. Those familiar with the world of Naruto will recognize the setting, the characters, and the combat. With the ability to play in a single-player mode while following the storyline, as well as hosting multiplayer dungeons and giant world bosses, there are many ways to experience the Naruto universe. Plus, with over 170 familiar ninjas to recruit, the number of teams and tactics you can make seems endless.

Is it any good?

This very simple-to-play MMO holds true to the spirit, graphical style, and setting of the manga, but gamers looking for depth or complexity will be disappointed with this average title. Those who love the series will really connect with the game and will enjoy collecting all the characters in the universe. But newcomers may feel that it's really lacking as a true MMO. Since this game does have a browser-based component, it's very accessible and playable from most platforms. But the downside with this accessibility is that the graphics and visual effects are significantly lower-quality than other comparable games. Naruto Online's combat is turn-based, which makes it strategic and tactical, allowing players to build teams that have complimentary abilities and moves. But the ability to have many features be automated through combat or regular tasks can make it feel like this is a game to watch rather than play. For example, as you follow the storyline, you character is just moved from location to location. Similarly, combat can be dull when you're not actively participating in it. 

The challenge of the game lies in collecting items to upgrade your gear to make you stronger so you can take on stronger fights. But the diversity of items needed to power up your ninjas can get confusing, and so can the balance of team position and composition. With very few tutorials to help you along, it takes a willingness to experiment and ask questions. The clutter of the user interface also detracts from the experience, because it's clear that the game is trying to keep you clicking on all the timed daily, weekly, and event-based rewards. Fortunately, when you're actively participating in combat, the interface simplifies and is much more enjoyable. Overall, there are some good parts of Naruto Online, such as the well-written story and cut scenes that feel like they come from the manga or TV show, but there are enough flaws with the game to keep it as solely a game for hard-core Naruto fans only.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about consumerism in a game such as Naruto Online. How can a free-to-play game get expensive if real money is used to buy convenience items to gain experience or level faster? Why do you think games sell these types of items? 

  • Talk about privacy and internet safety. Why is it important to make sure you're having safe and appropriate conversations when chatting in an online game? What could be the danger in sharing too much information?

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