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Shinobi

MobyRank MobyScore
ZX Spectrum
...
3.4
Arcade
...
3.7
Xbox 360
64
3.9
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Description

You control a ninja, Shinobi, who must battle his way through each level in search of hostages which must be rescued. You have shurikens, kicks and punches to defend yourself with. As well as the powerful ninja magic which can clear the screen of enemies in one go.

Each level is broken down into smaller scenes and hostages are guarded by big blokes who throw swords. Watch out for gun-toting enemy henchmen and ninjas.

Reaching the end of each level will find you battling it out with a boss. These range from 8ft giants to helicopter gunships.

Screenshots

Shinobi Arcade Throw shuriken to kill enemies
Shinobi DOS Using the ninja magic to clear the screen
Shinobi Arcade Title screen
Shinobi ZX Spectrum The first boss need to be hit between the eyes to kill him

Alternate Titles

  • "忍" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

A “modified port” of the original game SEGA Master System *Katakis* (37848)
A colorful and challenging title featuring abundant ninjas SEGA Master System Chris Wright (102)
How dare they! NES Fake Spam (94)
P-E-R-F-E-C-T-I-O-N-! TurboGrafx-16 Fake Spam (94)

The Press Says

The Video Game Critic SEGA Master System Feb 17, 2002 A 100
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Commodore 64 Oct, 1991 90 out of 100 90
The Games Machine (UK) TurboGrafx-16 Mar, 1990 88 out of 100 88
Zzap! (Italy) Commodore 64 Oct, 1989 86 out of 100 86
GamesCollection SEGA Master System Dec 28, 2007 8.5 out of 10 85
Commodore Format Commodore 64 Oct, 1991 82 out of 100 82
VideoGame SEGA Master System Mar, 1991 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Retrogaming.it SEGA Master System Apr 10, 2008 8 out of 10 80
Video Games SEGA Master System Mar, 1991 78 out of 100 78
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Atari ST Nov, 1989 385 out of 1000 38

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Trivia

1001 Video Games

The Arcade version of Shinobi appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

Arcade Version

In comparison to the original arcade version, there are a few missing features in the TurboGrafx-16 version (the status of the other home conversions is unknown): the machine gun, the bonus round and a few enemies (including the boss of the second mission).

Hidden messages

The Amiga version contains this message to crackers, hidden within the game code:
Fuck me! I never thought you would do it!! Bet it took a long time though!
By the way, the only way to crack this game is if you have at least 4mb of fast ram... theres a hint! Are you enjoying this, by the way? Me (Richard Aplin) and Tim (the programmer) thought we might give you a little challange... I reckon I'll hold you off for about a week. Oh, by the way Quartex, you told me at the SAE party this would be EASY.. Well is it? I'm sure POPULOUS was easy too! (hehe)
Well, obviously you weren't fooled earlier!! I'm impressed! Not a bad bit of hacking.. but the best is yet to come!! Hehehehehe.. Just wait, cos now it gets REALLY good..
If you are reading this message on a pirated version of Shinobi, may all your days in prison be computerless!

Title

Shinobi in Japanese means: stealing (into); spy; sneak thief; surreptitious visit to house of ill repute. The Chinese character displayed on the title screen and throughout the game is the character for Shinobi in Japanese.

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Contributed to by sgtcook (1233), PCGamer77 (3020), Martin Smith (63054), Pseudo_Intellectual (44729), Macintrash (2501), Игги Друге (44654), Ben K (23096) and *Katakis* (37848)