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Shadow Dancer

aka: Shadow Dancer: The Secret of Shinobi, The Secret Of Shinobi

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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 four 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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Credits (Arcade version)

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  • SEGA 1989



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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  • MobyGames ID: 10853


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Contributors to this Entry

Game added by Katakis | カタキス.

ZX Spectrum, Amstrad CPC added by Martin Smith. Arcade added by Pseudo_Intellectual. Atari ST added by Servo.

Additional contributors: John Romero, Alaka, Игги Друге, formercontrib, Jo ST.

Last modified February 28th, 2023.