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Category Description User Score
AI How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be 5.0
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 4.4
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.8
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 4.2
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 4.2
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Overall User Score (5 votes) 4.2

Critic Reviews

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Commodore User (Nov, 1988)
Spirit Ninja really is an impressive Black Tiger-style game. Irem have taken absolutely no short cuts in graphics and the gameplay is simply brilliant. I would say that if you're short of a few bob, Spirit Ninja's probably not the best idea for long-lasting entertainment. Getting the hang of the controls is all-important, and takes time and plenty of cash. But, that said, you should definitely have a look at this game. If you feel you can't afford the investment in coinage, at least look over the shoulder of somebody else richer than you as they're trying their luck.
Power Play (Jan, 1989)
Wenn das so weiter geht, träume ich bald von Ninjas. Wenn ich abends in eine Spielhalle gehe, sehe ich auf beinahe allen Bildschirmen nur Ninjas oder nahe Verwandte. Mir wäre es lieb, wenn die Spielautomaten-Hersteller demnächst von ihrem ausgedehnten Ninja-Trip herunterkommen würden. Davon abgesehen ist Ninja Spirit ein recht gutes Action-Spiel, wenn es mich auch nicht vom Hocker reißt. Die Grafik ist überwiegend sehr schön gezeichnet und ziemlich farbig, musikalisch wird dagegen nur Hausmannskost geboten. Negativ ist mir zudem der hohe Schwierigkeitsgrad schon im ersten Level aufgefallen. Ab und zu sind so viele Sprites auf dem Bildschirm, daß man sich schwer tut, den eigenen Ninja im Auge zu behalten. Wäre Ninja Spirit etwas spielbarer, hätte er von mir sogar ein „Gut“ bekommen.
Although Ninja Spirit suffers from generic design in a lot of its components, its gameplay manages to be both enjoyable and unique. Gamers who appreciate fast and furious action will especially enjoy Ninja Spirit, as its enemy onslaught is relentless and comes from all directions at once.
Your Sinclair (Nov, 1988)
The icing on the cake is the continue play feature, which will have you dipping into your pocket at increasingly regular intervals as soon as the Ninja bug bites. Irem has produced one of the best games of this type that I've seen. A must for all coin-op fans.