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Ni no Kuni (Series) Review
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Posted: 19 months ago, last updated 4 months ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.

OverviewOverview

Ni no Kuni is a series of adventure video games where you play a young character with an important mission. The first games follow Oliver, and his journey to another world to save his mother. The sequel, Revenant Kingdom, follows Evan Pettiwhisker Tildrum, a boy king who is usurped from his castle, and sets out to reclaim his kingdom.

Gameplay consists of exploring the world and meeting characters to build a party of adventurers, as is the way of these style of games. You can accept different quests, some of which are side-missions while others progress the main story. Combat encounters then employ a battle system that you have to learn to perfect. Ni no Kuni II added the ability to develop a home town which offered resources to help you with your battles.

The games were developed separately, but follow similar heroes quest form:
  • Ni no Kuni: Dominion of the Dark Djinn (2010) on Nintendo DS and then updated for PlayStation 3.
  • Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch (2013), a significantly expanded version of the previous game, on PlayStation 3 and later remastered for PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch.
  • Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom (2018) on PC, PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch

The games stand out for offering a role-play experience that is both accessible and of high production value for a wider audience than usually play these sorts of games. Studio Ghibli's animation and character work establish their believability and complexity while the soundtrack extends the feature film feel.

DetailsGame Details

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 11-14 year-olds

Release Date: 09/12/2010, updated in 2018

Price: 85% off

Platforms: DS, PC, PS3, PS4 and Switch

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative and Role-Playing

Accessibility: 11 features

Developer: LEVE L5 IA (@LEVEL5_IA)

CommitmentCommitment

Duration: This game will take between 50 hours and 70 hours to complete. This depends on how long you take to progress and whether you pursue every side-quest.
 
Players: This is a single player game.

CostsCosts

Ni no Kuni usually costs £15.99 to £69.99. 

Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom

Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom: The Prince's Edition

Ni No Kuni Remastered: Wrath Of The White Witch

Switch Store Switch £49.99

Ni No Kuni: Wrath Of The White Witch

PlayStation Store PS3 £15.99

Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch Remastered

PlayStation Store PS4 £39.99
 
Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom is rated PEGI 12, like the other Ni No Kuni games. In this instance, it is for depictions of realistic looking violence towards a fantasy character, and depictions of non-realistic looking violence towards human-like characters. The majority of the gameplay consists of depictions of non-realistic looking violence towards human-like and fantasy characters. When fighting, bright lights and magical effects appear on impact of attacks, numbers appear showing the amount of damage inflicted, while health bars appear above their heads indicating their status. When a health bar has been depleted, the character falls to the floor and their body quickly vanishes. This game also contains infrequent depictions of realistic looking violence towards fantasy characters. The most pertinent scene involves a large rat monster being shot in the eye. Blood appears on impact of the attack and he then staggers backwards. Later in the game the same character is shown with a scar where the injury occurred.

Skill Rating

11-14 year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content. The combination of a cartoon visuals, adventure story, battles and exploration are enjoyed by pre-teenage players.

Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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