COLUMN: Aaron's Backstage Pass: 'Lego Ninjago Nindroids 3DS' Review

Updated: 08/19/2014 10:53 AM By: Aaron Chalich

Photo: Photo courtesy of Nintendo

As you may know I am a huge fan of Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment Lego themed games. They are very fun and challenging to play. The thing I really enjoy the most about the games is that there is always tons of items to find and characters to buy so it usually takes a long time to complete the Lego games 100 percent. You actually feel like you got your money’s worth after playing them.

This past week I received a review copy of Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment’s “Lego Ninjago: Nindroids” for the Nintendo 3DS.

I enjoyed this game a lot. I thought it was a great game and really fun to play. 

The “Dreaded Overlord” is back with a new army of Nindroids led by “General Fearsome.” The General is helping the Dreaded Overlord take over Ninjago City with his army of Nindroids. The Ninjas must try to stop the overlord and General Fearsome in order to save Ninjago City.

I thought the story was very well written. It’s based on the first five episodes of the animated series.

The graphics are awesome. There are tons of cut scenes that look fabulous on the 3DS. Real Legos were used to create the cuts scenes. I was amazed at how great they looked.

The 3D effect works extremely well. I would highly recommend that you play “Ninjago: Nindroids” in 3D to get the full gaming experience.

All of the characters, robots, bosses, and backgrounds are very detailed and look awesome.

The controls are very easy to learn, anyone will be able to pick up the game and play. There is a very nice in game tutorial that explains how to control the Spinjitsu Masters.

They can block, dodge, attack, build things out of Legos, interact with items, and jump. Each character has a unique weapon called a “Technoblade”; just about everything in the game can be destroyed with it.

The characters also have a super move that can be activated when a meter is filled up. The characters start spinning and they can destroy just about anything in their path.

On the touch screen you can change characters by tapping on the character you want to play as. As you advance through the game, new characters will be available to buy. If you buy them, they will appear on the character wheel.

There are over thirty levels featured in “Lego Ninjago: Nindroids”. They are filled with puzzles to solve and mini games to play. 

There are also different vehicles that you can drive such as a Ninjacopter, Thunder Raider, and huge mechs such as the Earth Mech.

After you complete the first few levels you gain access to Ninjago City and you can explore different areas. There is a dojo where you can take on challenges, replay levels, buy additional characters with the Lego studs you find, and there are also some other areas, but I will let you discover them on your own.

One thing I really enjoyed when I played “Lego Ninjago: Nindroids” is that there are many different challenges on each level and you get Lego Bricks if you complete them. The bricks unlock items in the game. There are also red bricks hidden all over the levels and if you find them, they will give you special abilities. For example there is a red brick that will multiply all of your Lego studs by two when it is activated. 

While you are playing a level, you can pause the game and see what challenges are available and what you need to do. You can always go back and replay a level to try to complete the challenges you missed.

Overall I really enjoyed Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment’s “Lego Ninjago Nindroids” for the 3DS a lot. I thought the story was great and the graphics were amazing. I really enjoyed watching the cut scenes, the 3D looked fabulous. I feel like most players will be able to play this game for a very long time. There are so many levels to complete and so many items to try and collect, I think that is very important for a video game. 

If you are a fan of “Ninjago” or Lego themed games, then I would highly recommend you check out “Lego Ninjago: Nindroids” for the Nintendo 3DS.

“Ninjago Nindroids” is rated “E” for cartoon violence.

Aaron Chalich is an entertainment columnist for