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Shinobi (SEGA Master System)

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Written by  :  Chris Wright (99)
Written on  :  Sep 12, 2007
Platform  :  SEGA Master System
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Summary

A colorful and challenging title featuring abundant ninjas

The Good

Shinobi is old-school. No one in their right mind would play it today for more than five minutes, but back in the late-80s this was solid gold. I remember spending damn-near $100 on the cartridge when I was around ten, which was about all the money I would get for an entire year!

It's got evocative music (though constrained by the Master System's primitive audio system), well-designed levels, very interesting bosses, a variety of different challenges, as well as some very cool weapons.

The Bad

It's a rather difficult game and I'm quite sure than I never beat it without using the level select cheat.

Apart from that its only real flaw is that it was made in the 80s, so it's quite primitive by today's standards.

The Bottom Line

A fun little game, quite addictive (at least it was), intriguing ambiance, and quite challenging.