Weekend Deal: Unreal, FEAR, SiN, Rise of the Triad and more up to 80% off at GOG!

Shadow Dancer

Critic Score User Score
Commodore 64
Amstrad CPC
SEGA Master System
Not an American user?


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.


Shadow Dancer ZX Spectrum You can jump up very high to reach higher levels and also jump back down
Shadow Dancer Amiga Final Boss - 2nd incarnation
Shadow Dancer Amstrad CPC Killed by a gunman
Shadow Dancer ZX Spectrum Making your way through the ice caverns and it isn't slippy at all what a surprise

Alternate Titles

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

Part of the Following Groups

User Reviews

If you really like Shinobi its worth a try. SEGA Master System Emperor MAR (2643)

Critic Reviews

Commodore Format Commodore 64 Jun, 1993 89 out of 100 89
Power Play Arcade Mar, 1990 4 out of 5 80
The One for ST Games Atari ST Jun, 1991 80 out of 100 80
Retrogaming History SEGA Master System Mar 22, 2010 7.5 out of 10 75
Mean Machines SEGA Master System Jan, 1992 71 out of 100 71
Power Play Amiga Aug, 1991 68 out of 100 68
Amiga Power Amiga Jun, 1991 63 out of 100 63
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Arcade Apr, 1990 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Amiga Jul, 1991 4.8 out of 12 40
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Atari ST Jul, 1991 4.2 out of 12 35


There are currently no topics for this game.


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
Contributed to by Martin Smith (63067), Pseudo_Intellectual (44998), Servo (55764) and *Katakis* (37874)