Shadow Dancer (Arcade)

Shadow Dancer Arcade Intro


Critic Score
100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
User Score
5 point score based on user ratings.
Not an American user?


Shadow Dancer is a one-player game in which you control Shinobi. With the help of your dog, you must kill your enemies while you venture through locations such as airports, railroads, waterfalls, sewers, and more. Furthermore, you must find and disarm several bombs along the way before you leave each. You also have the option of using magic against enemies, which may consist of tornadoes or fireballs.

There are five missions you must complete; and each one has different objectives such as obstructing the enemies deadly mission, disrupting the enemy's supply route, raiding the enemy's industrial units, attacking the enemy's underground forces, and liberating and securing the shuttle's base. Each mission consists of three stages and there is a boss on each of the mission's final stages.

What's good about the dog, you say? Well, if you tell it to, the dog will maul enemies (provided that the dog barks at them when you face them) and distract them long enough so that you can shoot at them. Remember that you have a limited time to do this, as the enemy will eventually kick the dog off him. This causes the dog to yelp and shrink, making him powerless against them.


Shadow Dancer Arcade Guy with disc
Shadow Dancer Arcade Super power
Shadow Dancer Arcade Intro
Shadow Dancer Arcade On the roof

Alternate Titles

  • "The Secret Of Shinobi" -- Brazilian Master System title
  • "Shadow Dancer: The Secret of Shinobi" -- European tag-lined title

Part of the Following Groups

User Reviews

There are no reviews for the Arcade release of this game. You can use the links below to write your own review or read reviews for the other platforms of this game.

Critic Reviews

Power Play Mar, 1990 4 out of 5 80
Commodore User Feb, 1990 73 out of 100 73
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Apr, 1990 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60


There are currently no topics for this game.


German index

On May 30, 1992, Shadow Dancer was put on the infamous German index by the BPjS. For more information about what this means and to see a list of games sharing the same fate, take a look here: BPjS/BPjM indexed games.

References to the game

The inspiration for the character Shadow and his dog in Final Fantasy III came from Shadow Dancer. You'll notice the dog is also a German shepherd in that game.

Information also contributed by Xoleras

Related Web Sites

Pseudo_Intellectual (45150) added Shadow Dancer (Arcade) on Jan 25, 2014
Other platforms contributed by Martin Smith (63029), Servo (55746) and *Katakis* (37914)