Saturday 27 May 2023

Shadow Dancer: The Secret of Shinobi (Sega Mega Drive / Genesis review)

Developer: Sega R&D 2
Publisher: Sega
Released: 1990

Shadow Dancer: The Secret of Shinobi is an action game and a reworking of the 1989 Arcade title Shadow Dancer.

+ Always a strategic way to use limited ninjutsu during each stage, but holding onto it via skilled play gives you bonus points.

+ Level 3's battle to the top of the Statue of Liberty is exhilarating and acts as a great backdrop to an impressive set-piece.

+ Final world introduces several gauntlet room challenges, which is a nice variation on the typical end of game boss rush.

+ Some of the best music on the console and the blend of funky bass lines and harmonising lead synths is remarkable.

+ Includes different skill settings to add longevity, and there's even an option to turn off shurikens for an increased challenge.

- Level 4's cave setting is a misstep, as its heavy use of shadows obscures enemies who fire without you having any visibility.

- Stage layouts don't truly cater to your canine's abilities and you can get through most (if not all) of the game without using it.

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