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This is an side-scrolling beat-'em-up game consisting of a succession of fights, in which you (surprisingly) play a ninja whose job is to go through the playfield and kill everyone in his path. You are also equipped with a dagger and a shuriken which you can hurl at your enemies.

You must also collect "idols" which are left lying around), which will reinvigorate you, as well as grant you further points. Once you collect all of the idols, you will have won the game.


Ninja Arcade An idol sits in the corner
Ninja ZX Spectrum I'm down
Ninja Atari ST The secret bottle of the ninja powa
Ninja Atari 8-bit ...kicks.., also the daggers and stars on the ground could be thrown at enemies

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Alternate Titles

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

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User Reviews

A nice classic DOS Terry Callahan (63)
One of the oldest and (still) best Ninja games around... DOS Indra was here (20902)
I really love this game! DOS Tomer Gabel (4645)

Critic Reviews

ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Commodore 64 Oct, 1986 8 out of 10 80
Atari Gamer - XL-XE Game Review Edition Atari 8-bit Dec, 2013 8 out of 10 80
ATARImagazin Atari ST Sep, 1987 2 out of 6 80
Retro Game Reviews Commodore 64 Jul 29, 2014 7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars 70
ATARImagazin Atari 8-bit Mar, 1987 3 out of 6 60
Computer Gamer ZX Spectrum Mar, 1987 60 out of 100 60
Happy Computer Atari 8-bit Dec, 1986 60 out of 100 60
The Video Game Critic Atari 8-bit Aug 06, 2009 C 50
Retro Game Reviews ZX Spectrum Feb 16, 2015 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 40
Zzap! Commodore 64 Nov, 1986 25 out of 100 25


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Ninja features a built-in editor for the two carriable items (dagger and shurikane). Press 'e' to enter it (see DOS screenshots).


Ninja is one of the few PC titles that supports 16 colors exclusively in Tandy mode.

German index

On March 31, 1989, Ninja Mission 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.


According to the magazine Retro Gamer (issue #1), the game was Mastertronic's #16 best selling game (194.897 copies). Information also contributed by Xoleras

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