Thursday 25 May 2023

Shadow Dancer: The Secret of Shinobi (Sega Master System review)

Developer: Sega R&D 1
Publisher: Sega
Released: 1991

Shadow Dancer: The Secret of Shinobi is an action game that was first released in the Arcade in 1989.

+ The cat-and-mouse gameplay of peeking out from behind cover to attack enemies never gets old and always feels satisfying.

+ Despite there only being two face buttons, the magic and canine attacks are well executed and aide you in combat strategy.

+ Character sprites are chunky while animating fairly well, and there's some detailed backdrops that include parallax scrolling.

- There's only four brief stages and once you've memorised them there's absolutely nothing else to keep you playing.

- The screen real estate during boss battles is ludicrously cramped, which leads to lots of frustration and trial and error.

- Movement is extremely limited during a mid-air jump, which often leaves you susceptible to an incoming attack.

- First-person bonus rounds drag on and the voice-over and SFX when using your ninjutsu attack are horribly distorted.

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