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Shadow Dancer: The Secret of Shinobi (Genesis)

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Written by  :  Ruz Kessler (2)
Written on  :  Apr 13, 2011
Platform  :  Genesis
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Summary

The one time you thought you dodged a shuriken...

The Good

The game comes from the Shinobi series, starting from Shinobi in 1987. 5 stages, Easy controls & a good chance to get more retries makes the game looks easy and hard at the same time. With a dog that you can use, you can easily utilise him to disable one opponent while you kill others in a 4-on-1 fight situation. Power-ups helps to kill the ninjas, armored men & armored lizards in one hit. The bosses have life points that you must reduce in order to kill them. For easy mode, they have 6 points, and it increases depending on the difficulty. Try hard mode and you'll see colourful ninjas everywhere in the game.

The Bad

Some might complain on the game's one-hit-KO issue, and some might complain with the dog being a nuisance, but I'm seriously cool with it. The only issue here is that he does not have the double jumps, also remember the 1-time-use ninpo (the ninjutsu skill) restriction. Why would a ninja with an athletic build and great abilities have these restraints put on him?

The Bottom Line

A game worth playing to test your avoiding and technical skills. A must-go for this legendary game.