#ad #gifted We were sent a copy of Slap Ninja to review. Full disclaimer at the end of the post.
Just imagine how cool it would be to be a ninja. That’s what I was thinking when I saw the news article earlier this week about the Japanese student who wrote an essay on ninja history in invisible ink to achieve top marks from her professor. It was like ninja’s suddenly came alive again, but rather than being dressed in black and creeping around in the shadows they were busy being respectable looking university students instead!
It was perfect timing therefore to tell the kids about the invisible ink story (although Master C is now convinced that he can do no homework and just tell his teachers that he used invisible ink every time!) and also let them have a go at being ninjas themselves by helping me to review the game Slap Ninja from JAKKS Pacific.
With the strapline “A second to learn… a lifetime to master” I can happily confirm that Slap Ninja is an incredibly easy game to learn to play. Mastering it however is a totally different story.
The idea is simple. Two players sit across from each other. One is the ninja student and the other the master. The student has to try to sneak past the ninja master to press the coin held in the ninja’s left hand. Each time they manage to do so they score a point.
The ninja master is trying to stop him by slapping his hand away. Hence the name, Slap Ninja. The master squeezes a trigger to make the ninja slap the student and if they successfully stop him from pressing the coin they score a point instead.
The first player to reach three points wins and the other player gets “zapped”. In other words their handle on the game vibrates violently giving them a bit of a shock. I promise you no ninjas (students or masters) were harmed in this game.
The kids had great fun playing Slap Ninja. The only real problem we had is that no matter who was the student they just kept winning. I’m not sure if that’s because I’ve managed to breed kids with natural ninja like skills, or just because they found the trigger squeezing hard work, but either way I was proud of my little ninjas!
We had a great laugh playing all together and they really liked how noisy and boisterous the game (and the subsequent zapping) got. It is also nice that they have a game that they can play with just the two of them without anyone else having to get involved to adjudicate or explain rules.
I can also see the pair of them taking time to master their ninja skills so that they can take on new ninja students and try to defeat them.
Slap Ninja is available to purchase online here.
Disclaimer: We were sent a copy of Slap Ninja for the purposes of this review. All opinions remain my own. This post contains affiliate links.
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