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Shadow Dancer

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ZX Spectrum
Amstrad CPC
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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 The waterfall in all its glory
Shadow Dancer Amstrad CPC Boss attacks
Shadow Dancer Amstrad CPC Collect all the globes to open the exit door
Shadow Dancer SEGA Master System This guy throws Molotov cocktails.

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 (2573)

The Press Says

Shin Force SEGA Master System Jul 11, 2000 9.2 out of 10 92
Atari ST User Atari ST Aug, 1991 82 out of 100 82
Top Secret Commodore 64 Sep, 1992 4 out of 5 80
64'er Commodore 64 Oct, 1991 8 out of 10 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
ST Format Atari ST Aug, 1991 67 out of 100 67 SEGA Master System Mar 08, 2012 13 out of 20 65
Power Play Commodore 64 Aug, 1991 46 out of 100 46


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COOL RARELY KNOWN TRIVIA: The inspiration for the character Shadow and his dog in Final Fantasy 6 (3 in the USA) came from Shadow Dancer. You'll notice the dog is also a German shepherd in FF6.
Contributed to by Martin Smith (63134), Pseudo_Intellectual (44583), Servo (55928) and *Katakis* (37818)