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By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Innovative but tough, bloody action game falls short.

Game Windows 2015
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Ronin is a curious hybrid of a game that's a lot of fun to play when everything is working but a bit frustrating when things aren't meshing properly. The turn-based action is surprisingly quick, allowing players to input a move in only a second or two if they're ready and know what they want to do. The extra time makes it possible to put together long, satisfying, and just plain awesome strings of actions that might, say, see your ninja swinging through a window, leaping from a wall, and bowling over a couple of enemies to stun them before throwing a sword with precision to cut down a distant third foe.

But there also are times when no amount of strategizing helps. You'll leap from wall to ceiling and back again over and over while looking for a break without finding one until your ninja is eventually cornered and killed. Special skills can help a lot in these situations (assuming you can pull off a couple of stun attacks to charge and make them available to use), but earning special skills by completing challenging secondary objectives can be a chore. There's a great idea at the heart of Ronin, but it needed a little more polishing to really shine.

Game Details

  • Platform: Windows
  • Pricing structure: Paid
  • Available online?: Available online
  • Publisher: Devolver Digital
  • Release date: June 30, 2015
  • Genre: Strategy
  • Topics: Adventures
  • ESRB rating: NR for No Description
  • Last updated: September 30, 2021

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