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DescriptionShadow 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.
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- "The Secret Of Shinobi" -- Brazilian Master System title
- "Shadow Dancer: The Secret of Shinobi" -- European tag-lined title
Part of the Following Groups
|If you really like Shinobi its worth a try.||SEGA Master System||Emperor MAR (2615)|
|Shin Force||SEGA Master System||Jul 11, 2000||9.2 out of 10||92|
|Commodore Format||Commodore 64||Apr, 1991||89 out of 100||89|
|The One for Amiga Games||Amiga||Jun, 1991||80 out of 100||80|
|Retrogaming History||SEGA Master System||Mar 22, 2010||7.5 out of 10||75|
|Mean Machines||SEGA Master System||Jan, 1992||71 out of 100||71|
|Power Play||Amiga||Aug, 1991||68 out of 100||68|
|ST Format||Atari ST||Aug, 1991||67 out of 100||67|
|ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment)||Arcade||Apr, 1990||60|
|Power Play||Commodore 64||Aug, 1991||46 out of 100||46|
|ASM (Aktueller Software Markt)||Atari ST||Jul, 1991||4.2 out of 12||35|
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German indexOn 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 gameThe 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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Related Web Sites
- Game Map (Sega Master System) on SMS Power! (Images of the level maps.)
Arcade Credits (2 people)
Yoshiki Ōka (uncredited)Presented by: