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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.

Screenshots

Shadow Dancer ZX Spectrum These enemies have to get in close enough to stab you
Shadow Dancer Amstrad CPC At the top of the waterfall
Shadow Dancer Amiga The Sewers
Shadow Dancer Commodore 64 Enter the factory unit

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 (2613)

Critic Reviews

Atari ST User Atari ST Aug, 1991 82 out of 100 82
Power Play Arcade Mar, 1990 4 out of 5 80
Mean Machines SEGA Master System Jan, 1992 71 out of 100 71
Amiga Joker Amiga Jul, 1991 68 out of 100 68
Power Play Amiga Aug, 1991 68 out of 100 68
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Arcade Apr, 1990 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Play Time Amiga Jun, 1991 56 out of 100 56
Power Play Commodore 64 Aug, 1991 46 out of 100 46
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Atari ST Jul, 1991 4.2 out of 12 35
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Commodore 64 Jul, 1991 3.4 out of 12 28

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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.

Information also contributed by Xoleras

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