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With the scrolls now in his possession, The Last Ninja begins training a new order of Ninja. During a training session he is mysteriously transported to XXth-century New York. The Evil Shogun has returned! Torn from his own time, The Last Ninja must defend himself once more with nothing more than the belief in his own abilities.

Last Ninja 2: Back with a Vengeance is an action/adventure game where the player, controlling a powerful ninja, must fight his way through opponents while collecting necessary items. The game is split into various levels, each of them depicting a different locale and divided into several screens. The view is isometric and the ninja can move in four different dimensions (he can also walk backwards) and jump.

Enemies, armed with fists and various ninja weapons, wander around the levels. The ninja must fight them either bare-handed or with the weaponry he finds along the way; in either case, he has a number of blows and attacks at his disposal, as well as the ability to block. There's a special weapon, shuriken, which are thrown in a straight line rather than used for melee combat; if they strike an enemy, they'll instantly kill or at least heavily damage him.

There are items scattered around the levels, such as keys, rope, a map or hamburgers (which restore health when eaten). Collecting these items and using them in a proper place is necessary for completing the game.

Screenshots

Last Ninja 2: Back with a Vengeance Amiga Get to the copter to finish this level.
Last Ninja 2: Back with a Vengeance NES Level 3, "The Sewers": Torches.<br>
"A torch will give you light in the end of this journey"<br> (in fact this is a very subtle hint for the end of this level)
Last Ninja 2: Back with a Vengeance Amiga Level 4 - The Basement.
Last Ninja 2: Back with a Vengeance ZX Spectrum Level 5, "The Office": Reclamation.<br>
... don't think twice, do it, but do it conscientiously with rigour!

Alternate Titles

  • "The Last Ninja" -- NES title

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User Reviews

It oozes ninja coolness Commodore 64 Ken0x (59)
No. Just no. Atari ST Westwurtzly (187)
Good, but painful Commodore 64 WWWWolf (422)

Critic Reviews

64'er Commodore 64 Jun, 1989 10 out of 10 100
The Games Machine (UK) Commodore 64 Jan, 1989 93 out of 100 93
Nintendo Life Wii Jun 12, 2008 9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars 90
The Games Machine (UK) ZX Spectrum Jan, 1989 89 out of 100 89
Happy Computer Commodore 64 Jul, 1988 77 out of 100 77
IGN Wii Sep 23, 2009 7.5 out of 10 75
IGN Commodore 64 Sep 24, 2009 7.5 out of 10 75
The Games Machine (UK) Atari ST Aug, 1990 70 out of 100 70
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) DOS Sep, 1990 7.8 out of 12 65
Power Play Atari ST Oct, 1990 51 out of 100 51

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Trivia

Amiga/Atari ST port

Developer Mike Clarke about the Amiga/Atari ST ports:
The music for the Amiga version was created during a half-term holiday while I was still at school. I was paid £40 for each piece. Not a lot, but not bad for a school kid.

The Amiga version was a direct port from the ST version because there was no financial benefit offered to the company in utilizing the extra hardware in the Amiga.

Also, the ST/Amiga versions were created purely by playing and copying the C64 version. No maps or gameplay info was provided by System3.

Cancelled Konix port

A port was in development for the never released British Konix console.

Limited Edition

A limited edition version was released which included with the game a Shiraken Star, Ninjitsu Mask and an Avengers 3D Map.

References

In the first open-air screen in the office level, take a look at the sky. First there is a bird, then a plane, and finally...

Spectrum port

The Spectrum conversion was by a team lead by Mev Dinc, which is appropriate as the title of his 16-bit hit First Samurai is widely thought to be a parody of this series.

Awards

  • Commodore Format
    • April 1991 (Issue 7) - listed in the A to Z of Classic Games article (Great)
    • November 1994 (Issue 50) – #11 The All-Time Top 50 C64 Games
  • Computer and Video Games
    • Issue 06/1989 - Runner-up Golden Joystick Award 1989 for Best 8-Bit Graphics (reader's vote)
  • Power Play
    • Issue 01/1989 - "Sequel with an Illogical Sounding Name" Special Award
  • Retro Gamer
    • September 2004 (Issue #8) – #68 Best Game Of All Time (Readers' Vote)
Information also contributed by Late, Martin Smith and Mike Clarke.

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