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LEGO's Ninjago Spinjitzu Brings The Pain To iOS

Posted by Blake Grundman on April 18th, 2011

Oh Lego, is there anything that you cannot do?  Whether you are a child making fantastical contraptions that have no basis in reality, or a grown man completing your own scale model of Star War's Death Star, these amazing little plastic bricks have been amusing masses for decades.  Thanks to the success of brands like Lego Star Wars or Lego Harry Potter, they are suddenly now a force to be reckoned with in the gaming space as well.

After choosing to forgo the licensed game route this time around, Lego recently debuted their newest game as a universal binary in the App Store: LEGO Ninjago Spinjitzu Scavenger Hunt.  Based around their new Cartoon Network series and top battling game (yes, that's right I said TOP BATTLING), players are pitted against eachother in a digital arena where they look to spin the competition into oblivion.  Here is a breakdown of the game's features:

  • Follow Sensei and his ninjas in training (Kai, Cole, Zane and Jay) as they fight to protect the land of Ninjago from Garmadon and his evil skeleton army.

  • Win coins and unlock new gear for your ninja by going on a scavenger hunt to local toy stores to scan real-life Ninjago boxes for weapons, equipment and other ninja essentials.

  • Master spinjitzu on your Apple device -- tap your ninja to get him spinning super fast, then tilt your device to send him crashing into your enemies!

  • Fight your enemies in hand-to-hand spinjitzu combat!

  • Build your own unique ninja and take him into battle against Garmadon and his henchmen.

Probably the neatest idea at use in this game is the ability to simply scan the boxes of the Ninjango brand toys, so that you can unlock exclusive content in the game itself.  I am also going to go out on a limb and guess that this is where the "Scavenger Hunt" in the title comes from.  Either way, the app is free and there is no necessity to actually purchase the toys to receive unlocks, so this is certainly going on the top of my "must download" list.

Take it out for a test "spin" and let us know what you think.


FrEEday Vol 40

Posted by Chris Nitz on April 8th, 2011

Simply Find It:
If you are looking for something that is extremely simple, yet provides a great challenge, then look no further. Simply Find It is a puzzle game in which you must find the differences between two beautiful photos. You can unlock even more photos when you gain access to the endless and vs. modes. This is a great way to relax while challenging yourself to some gaming!

Timbers Axe:
Timbers Axe is a line drawing game in which you must help Timber Joey defend his precious rose garden from invaders. Just draw a line from Timber Joey to the rose loving foes to chuck an axe and end their miserable lives. There are seven intense levels to battle through, and these are topped off with a few special powers for the garden lover himself. Who says burly men can’t enjoy a nice rose garden?

Palm Heroes 2:
If you like the Heroes PC games of the past, then Palm Heroes 2 has a little something special for you. This turn-based strategy game will throw players into a world of fantasy and adventure. As you lead your hero through epic battles, your kingdom will grow, new lands will be discovered, and powerful foes will look to destroy you and your kingdom. Prepare for hours of retro style fun!

Parachute Plummet:
Parachute Plummet takes the jumping game and turns it around. You are free falling through the air and need to slow your decent by falling through clouds. Your goal is to hit a safe 25mph before you crash into the ground. Obstacles like planes and birds will further complicate this task, thus forcing you to react quickly if you hope to survive. Next time, pack a parachute.

LEGO Ninjago Spinjitzu Scavenger Hunt:
LEGO has recently released a completely new line of ninja themed building sets. Part of the draw to these is a new spinning battle game. Now you can battle it out on your iPhone! Just tap your ninja to get him spinning like mad, and then tilt your device to crush your enemies. As you win battles, you will earn coins to buy new weapons and armor for your hero. Go ahead; let your inner child burst out in excitement!