The Ninja Warriors
AmigaNinja warriors hen you see a game that looks and plays like The Ninja Warriors it is infuriating. If you consider the number of wasted arcade licences you see in any one year it is difficult to see how anyone can have an excuse for not turning in something of this quality. Not only is The Ninja Warriors a faithful coin-op conversion, it is near perfect. The last time we said that was when we saw Silkworm. it should come as no surprise then that not only is the same company responsible, but the same programmers are involved. Back in May we picked out Silkworm as an early front-runner for conversion of the year. With that feather tucked firmly in their caps Dutch coders Ronald Pieket Weeserik and John Croudy have been slaving over The Ninja Warriors attempting to go one better. It seems they have.
The Games Machine (UK)
AmigaThe graphics are small but very colourful and detailed. The sound is great, with the title tune taken straight from the coin-op. A must-buy for fans of the immortal murder machines.
The Games Machine (UK)
Atari STGraphically as impressive as the Amiga version, the ST game contains the same rip, mangle and maim fun. Once all six levels have been completed interest may wane, but it will take many hours of slaughter to reach old Bangler himself.
SEGA CDI was not a big fan of the arcade version, but CD has made me a believer. After seeing how close the graphics, music and sound effects are to the original, I have become a new fan. If all coin-op games can be translated this well on CD, it will become the new standard for home play.
AmigaFans of the genre are in for a real treat: this one is immensely playable and well put together. The shrunken screen works brilliantly and though it is no fault of the conversion, all the original needed was a bit more variety and it would coveted the Format Gold award. As it is, it comes just about as close as it could. A great game.
SEGA CDIf you like the arcade original, and can find and play the Mega CD version, then definitely get it. It's a great ninja action title complete with Zuntata's best music. Nostalgia, you know I'm all over it...
The Games Machine (UK)
Commodore 64Bearing in mind the C64's limited colour and resolution, the graphics are an accurate representation of their arcade selves. Sound is mediocre and does the job.
Commodore 64As a beat-em-up, it's great. There's lots of variety both in the backdrops and enemies, so it takes a while to get bored, and it's learnable, meaning you can get a little further every time. A fine arcade version from the people that brought you Silkworm and Continental Circus.
AmigaAdequate attract mode accompanied by lengthy arcade-perfect intro music. Direct from the coin-op with great backdrops to fight across. No in-game tunes but clear effects with some great speech. As instantly hookable as any Ninja game with the action starting off thick and fast. Four continue-plays don't make it any easier, especially with six long levels to hack through. A top notch conversion of a somewhat unoriginal coin-op.
Commodore 64A respectable amount of blood keeps up appeal, but play is at times too samey. Even so, it's good for a while and always worth coming back to on a wet afternoon.
AmigaBeim Automaten wurden drei Bildschirme nebeneinander montiert, um eine Art Kino-Panoramaeffekt zu erreichen. Um beim Heimcomputer eine ähnlich große Spielfläche zu erreichen, wurde kurzerhand das Bild zu einem schmalen Balken zusammengepreßt, und die Sprites entsprechend verkleinert. Was normalerweise als Riesen-Spielkatastrophe enden müßte, entpuppt sich als halbwegs gelungene Umsetzung. Die Sprites sind gut gezeichnet und animiert, die Roboter hinken sogar nach einigen Treffern, und sogar die Musik, die allerdings nur im Vorspann spielt, ist verdammt gut gelungen. Angesichts Dutzender gekillter Menschen mag sich der Spielspaß jedoch nicht so recht einstellen. Aber auch wer keine Skrupel hat, wird mit den recht unfairen Gegnern keine Freude haben. Ohne Lebensverlust kommt man kaum durch den ersten Level. Ninja Warriors ist nur etwas für Fans des Automaten.
Atari STTo be quite honest, I quite enjoyed playing Ninja Warriors, even though it's not graphically astounding, nor does it break any barriers in the sound department. The good thing is that it's so easy to play - no complicated rules to learn - all you have to do is get out there and give 'em hell. The trouble is, there is not enough there to keep you coming back for more. I can only suggest you try the game first before you go out and spend your hard-earned cash on something you might not like.
TurboGrafx-16Again, this is one of the worst home games ever made, but I love it and any fan of the arcade game will too. It's simply here for nostalgic purposes because it's too hard to find an actual arcade machine. If you're stuck in the mid-'80s arcade mindset, however, give Ninja Warriors a chance, you just might enjoy the senseless bludgeoning of soldiers and backstreet freaks.
SEGA CDIf you want some great side-scrolling action, the Sega CD already has Final Fight and Streets of Rage/Shinobi on the Arcade Classics disc. If you can purchase this game inexpensively as an import it might be worth a play-through or two, if only for the music and to see a band of economics professors that decided to dress glam and play rock and roll.
AmigaNovel 'Cinemascope' display layout. Dynamic Loading System is a boom but doesn't get rid of irritating swapping. Extremely repetitive action palls quickly. Even for a game of this type, the gameplay is too limited to hold the attention for any length of time.