Mini-Guide: The Ninja in the Dark

LQ: 9.3

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Brain grade: 9.6
Fun score: 9.0

The Ninja in the Dark
Game Type: , ESRB Rating: Everyone 10+ Platform/Console: , , , LWK Recommended Age: 10+ Thinking Skills Used: ,

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The Ninja in the Dark is a simple game with cute graphics. The player controls an animal ninja who must clear a game board of enemies. The player gets several seconds to look at the game board before the screen goes black. They are then given ten seconds to clear the board of enemies, without being able to see them or hitting any obstacles (such as land mines).

Each level has multiple game boards for the player to clear. When the player has cleared an entire level, he or she earns coins. At the beginning of the game, the player controls a monkey ninja. Coins can be used to purchase other ninjas, such as the rabbit or bear.

The Ninja in the Dark has in-game ads and in-app purchases. The ESRB rated it E10+ for infrequent or mild cartoon or fantasy violence. LW4K stands by this rating.


The Ninja in the Dark helps kids practice and improve the following skills:

The Ninja in the DarkFocus

Getting started and then maintaining attention and effort to tasks.

Because The Ninja in the Dark is all done on short timers, the player must use their focus thinking skills. This is especially true for ignoring internal and external distractions. If the player doesn't block out distractions, not only will they lose track of time, but they may forget where the enemies are located. This could also cause them to hit a mine. If the player doesn't stay focused, they will run out of time, fail the level, and have to start the level over again.

Working Memory

Recalling and retaining information in our minds while working.

The whole point of this game is to remember where the enemies are, even when you can't see them. That means that in order to be successful at this game, the player must use their working memory skills. Specifically, they must use their visual memory to remember where the enemies are located on the game board. They must also work to improve their forgetfulness in order to keep track of the memorized enemy locations. If they don't engage their working memory, they can't be successful at the game. They will lose levels, fail to earn coins, and be unable to unlock new ninja animals.

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