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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 five 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.


Shadow Dancer SEGA Master System The fourth boss starts with shooting...
Shadow Dancer SEGA Master System Level 2
Shadow Dancer SEGA Master System Bonus level: Hit all Ninjas approaching before they kick you in your face.
Shadow Dancer SEGA Master System Level 1

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Alternate Titles

  • "The Secret Of Shinobi" -- Brazilian Master System title
  • "Shadow Dancer: The Secret of Shinobi" -- European tag-lined title

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User Reviews

If you really like Shinobi its worth a try. Emperor MAR (2617) 2.75 Stars2.75 Stars2.75 Stars2.75 Stars2.75 Stars

Critic Reviews

Shin Force Jul 11, 2000 9.2 out of 10 92
Retrogaming History Mar 22, 2010 7.5 out of 10 75
Mean Machines Jan, 1992 71 out of 100 71
Digital Press - Classic Video Games Dec 10, 2003 7 out of 10 70 Mar 08, 2012 13 out of 20 65
Video Games Feb, 1992 27 out of 100 27
Play Time Feb, 1992 19 out of 100 19


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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.

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Katakis | カタキス (39490) added Shadow Dancer (SEGA Master System) on Jan 07, 2004
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