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Lego Ninjago on DS

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Lego Ninjago is a Strategy game available on the DS. It can be played in Realtime Competitive Singleplayer modes.

Lego Ninjago is a Strategy game. Strategy games provide experiences that require quick thinking, and forward planning from the gamer. They combine the unfolding tactics of classic games like chess, with more recent board games such as Risk. Usually focusing on a theatre of war context, players enjoy the tactical overview of the battle these games provide.

Lego Ninjago can be played in a Realtime mode. Real Time games are played without opportunity to stop and consider the next move. This creates an experience that is more reaction than strategy based. Sporting, fighting and rhythm action games obviously rely on this style of delivery to work. Other genres, such as strategy or adventure games, can choose whether to be played in turns or in real time. Some games such as Valkyria Chronicles PS3 and PSP provide a turn based strategy experience with real time elements - something that is becoming a popular compromise.

Lego Ninjago can be played in a Competitive mode. Competitive Multiplayer games provide experiences where players compete against each other and the computer. Obviously lending itself to sports and team games, these competitive engagements have also dominated the shooting and fighting genres because of the direct combat and expertise involved in each. Although these games were originally played in a split screen style, more recently they are played online via services such as PlayStation Network, Xbox Live and the Nintendo Wireless Connection.

Lego Ninjago can be played in a Singleplayer mode. Single Player Campaign games focus on one player's experience. Rather than collaborate with other players either locally or online, players progress alone. The campaign style of gameplay offers a connected series of challenges to play through. These chapters work together to tell a story through which players progress. Single player games are able to focus on one experience of a scenario, so that it is usually a richer, more visceral game.


Lego Ninjago

Lego Ninjago offers a second bite at the pint-sized real-time strategy cherry. But the clincher will be whether it can create an endearing Lego world that players care enough about to invest long hours in.

Lego Ninjago follows up Lego Battles' block based real time strategy on the Nintendo DS. Focusing just on the new Ninja Lego set rather than the eclectic approach of the previous game, Lego Ninjago casts players as masters of Spinjitzu - a spinning tornado attack that defeats enemies while restoring harmony to the world (ed: some trick!).
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