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Description

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.

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Shadow Dancer SEGA Master System Bonus level: Hit all Ninjas approaching before they kick you in your face.
Shadow Dancer Amiga Final Boss - 1st incarnation
Shadow Dancer Amstrad CPC Section 4.2
Shadow Dancer ZX Spectrum Making your way through the ice caverns and it isn't slippy at all what a surprise

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Alternate Titles

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

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User Reviews

If you really like Shinobi its worth a try. SEGA Master System Emperor MAR (2619)

Critic Reviews

Sinclair User ZX Spectrum Jul, 1991 85 out of 100 85
Raze Amiga Jul, 1991 82 out of 100 82
Commodore Force Commodore 64 Aug, 1993 82 out of 100 82
Power Play Arcade Mar, 1990 4 out of 5 80
Top Secret Commodore 64 Sep, 1992 4 out of 5 80
Games-X Amiga May, 1991 4 out of 5 80
The One for Amiga Games Amiga Jun, 1991 80 out of 100 80
Power Play Amiga Aug, 1991 68 out of 100 68
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Commodore 64 Jul, 1991 3.4 out of 12 28
Play Time SEGA Master System Feb, 1992 19 out of 100 19

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Trivia

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.

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