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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic retro platforming, 9 Jun 2010
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This review is from: Shinobi - Master System - PAL (Video Game)
Shinobi is an old classic that at one time was an institution. It has been neglected over recent years but for those wishing to see where it all began I can whole-heartedly recommend the Master System version.

Essentially a 2D platform shooter it's a fairly simplistic affair although the option to jump between levels (ie: background to foreground) means that a fair amount of the time you have a get out clause for avoiding enemy attacks should you find yourself caught unaware. Your weapons can also be upgraded by rescuing children although generally the only difference is damage (with the exception being the odd choice of grenades as a third tier weapon) and range for melee weapons. Ninjitsu magic that ranges from screen clearing magic to floating can be earned at the end of each level in a rather smart first person ninja shooting gallery.

Oddly enough I prefer this version to its arcade brother, the sprites are smaller which means that more is visible on screen, giving the player a fighting chance to get through this tough as nails game. Being able to see what is coming up ahead is a key aid to survival so unlike the coin chewing habit of the arcade cabinet this home conversion actually tailors itself (perhaps through unintentional hardware limitation) to the console crowd.

Whilst there is occasional sprite flicker, the nemesis and downfall of many Master System games, it fortunately doesn't endanger the gameplay. One boss fight features noticeably harsh levels of slow-down but oddly enough adds to the tension of the battle, especially as it's a race against time to do a set amount of damage before getting crushed. Tension or not this particular boss fight still remains a low point for being one of the extremely rare borderline unfair difficulty spikes.

Minor graphical flaws aside what we're left with is actually one of the most competent shooter/platformers of its day. The difficulty is tweaked to a point that it is certainly tough, occasionally pixel-perfectly so, but like Super Probotector is almost never unfairly so. The levels never feel particularly cluttered, a sign of the times perhaps, yet the demands on the player are consistent. A couple of sections could have been improved upon and made slightly fairer but don't do any damage to the coherent whole.

Shinobi also has the worst ending of a game in the whole history of game endings so don't expect any rewards when you do finish it. When I was younger the response was "what the hell?" but now it just makes me chuckle and is such an obtuse summation to game endings in older titles.

Shinobi does everything a good game should and the few flaws don't get in the way of the playability. It's a great retro challenge that is still highly playable today whilst rarely becoming frustrating and remaining consistently rewarding.
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5.0 out of 5 stars shinobi master system, 9 Jun 2014
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This review is from: Shinobi - Master System - PAL (Video Game)
great game from my childhood I remember this one from the arcade awesome game just like the arcade version love it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Shinobi-The Original ninja fun!, 12 Jan 2011
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My first contact with Shinobi was on an Amstrad 6128, and it was love at first sight. The Master System version is very similar to the arcade version. The game is a well balanced side scrolling platform-shoot'em'up, with lots of action and a hint of adventure (different paths to the exit).The level of difficulty is well dosed, so that the player will remain stuck on the screen for the right amount of time to love it. It is an overall satisfactory gaming experience and I reccomend it.
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