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You are the last living member of your ninja clan after they were brutally slaughtered. Now, you seek to exact revenge on the evil shogun responsible.

The Last Ninja is an action/adventure game set in medieval Japan. The game is shown in isometric view, and the eponymous ninja can walk in four directions, jump, fight the enemies and collect necessary items on his way.

While fighting, the ninja can use several different blows and block. There are a couple of weapons to find, including smoke bombs and shuriken.


The Last Ninja Amiga Buddha shrines provide you with the quests and give you hints along your journey only if you pray in front of them.
The Last Ninja Amiga On the way to the shogun's palace.
The Last Ninja DOS Hmm, are those nunchucks on his body?
The Last Ninja Commodore 64 In front of a beautiful temple

Promo Images

The Last Ninja Other Header
The Last Ninja Other Artwork by Steinar Lund.
The Last Ninja Other Cover (C64/128)
The Last Ninja Screenshot For C64.

Alternate Titles

  • "Ninja Remix" -- Amiga / Atari ST title

Part of the Following Groups

User Reviews

The Last Pixel-Master DOS Tony Van (2855)
A classic action adventure. DOS Macintrash (2633)

Critic Reviews

Computer and Video Games (CVG) Commodore 64 Jul, 1987 10 out of 10 100
Zzap! Commodore 64 Aug, 1987 94 out of 100 94
Commodore User Commodore 64 Jul, 1987 9 out of 10 90
CU Amiga Amiga Jan, 1991 85 out of 100 85
Amiga Action Amiga Feb, 1991 85 out of 100 85
Amiga Joker Amiga Jan, 1991 75 out of 100 75
64'er Commodore 64 Aug, 1987 11 out of 15 73
Happy Computer Commodore 64 Apr, 1986 61 out of 100 61
The Game Hoard Commodore 64 Aug 14, 2022 2 out of 7 29
The Video Game Critic Commodore 64 Mar 01, 2012 D- 16


Topic # Posts Last Post
US Release C64? 6 S Olafsson (53770)
Jul 28, 2017
The Last Ninja Nostalgia Tribute 3 Fabio Barzagli (3)
Aug 19, 2007


Cancelled ports

The Last Ninja was advertised and previewed in most major Sinclair ZX Spectrum magazines. The game ran into a number of problems and System 3 ended up developing and releasing Last Ninja 2 instead for the Spectrum. In issue 54 of UK gaming magazine Crash it is claimed that the first game was half finished. The game (or possibly its follow-up) was also being ported to the Tandy Color Computer 3, and even mentioned in Tandy's catalogues. The project facing difficulties, Steve Bjork was called in to help before the game was finally canceled. As a recently recovered development version shows, the CoCo port was already at an advanced state when it was scrapped. For information and pictures, refer to Allen Huffman's site.

Delayed port

In 1988, Marc Rosocha had an conversion of Last Ninja ready for Atari ST and Amiga computers. But this was not released until 1990 with Ninja Remix, with featured extended graphics and was completely programmed from scratch.


  • Computer and Video Games
    • May 1988 (Issue #79) - Golden Joystick 1988 Award: Runner Up category Game of the Year
  • Game Art Beyond
    • In 2018, The Last Ninja was selected as one of the biggest classics on the Commodore 64 by the creators of the C64 graphics collection Game Art Beyond. Last Ninja was honoured with a high resolution title picture in a special C64 graphics format called NUFLI, along with a new interpretation of the Last Ninja (Level 1) theme.
  • Retro Gamer
    • September 2004 (Issue #8) – #90 Best Game Of All Time (Readers' Vote)
  • ZZAP! 64
    • Newsfield Reader's Awards 1987 - Best Arcade Adventure (Readers' Vote)
    • Newsfield Reader's Awards 1987 - Best Graphics (Readers' Vote)

Related Web Sites

  • AtariMania (Pre-release: System 3, UK, Atari ST) (For Atari ST: game entry database; downloadable release; game packaging; advertisement; manuals; magazine reviews; additional material.)
  • Commodore 64 Boxed Sets (For C64: game packaging digitalisations. Include box, manual, brochure, additional material.)
  • Hall of Light (For Amiga: game database entry; digitalised manuals; game packaging; screenshots; additional material.)
  • Lemon 64 (For Commodore 64: game entry database; advertisement; magazine reviews; music; documentation; cover art; additional material.)
  • System 3 game site (Game page on developer's website)
  • Wikipedia: The Last Ninja (article in the open encyclopedia about the game)
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