What you need to know:
Shinobi for the NES is a port of SEGA’s 1985 arcade classic where you play as a master ninja named “Joe Mashugini” ( hope I spelled that right) who must save fellow kidnapped ninjas from 4 evil ninja masters that serve a criminal organization called “Zeed” wich is run by a mysterious masked ninja. (Did I just say “ninja” four times?)
ESRB Rating: Not rated.
Developer and publisher: Tengen
Genre: Side-Scrolling Platformer
Pink skies, pink buildings, pink ships, and weird-looking pillars with mixed colors. Just look at the slide show below and you’ll see what I mean.
Only one music track is played throughout the whole game.
That’s right. Only one music track is played throughout the whole game. Every stage, and even the boss fights use the same music (even the final boss is a repeat!). Well, technically that’s not true, the bonus stages have a different music played, but even that is just one part looped over and over.
At several points in the game, I found instances where one stage would be cakewalk easy, but then the next one would be brutally hard, unlike the arcade game wich for the most part, had a gradually increasing difficulty.
Full of cheap deaths
My biggest problem with this game is all of the cheap deaths. For example, when you start some stages, enemies will literally be right on top of you and you have almost no time at all to react, and thus, you get killed. It’s made even worse because there is no invincibility buffer at all (An invincibility buffer is the few moments of invincibility you get after you get hit by an enemy), and because of this, enemies can easily “juggle” you to death and you’ll have no way to fight back.
New health bar, but it’s almost useless.
As you might have guess from the last paragraph, this version of the game adds a new life bar (no more one hit kills!), but unfortunately, it’s rendered almost useless because of the “juggling” thing and the cheap deaths.
This is just not a good game. It’s full of cheap deaths, there is no invincibility buffer, wich renders the new health bar nearly useless, the graphics are just messed-up, uneven difficulty, and top it off with only one music track, and you have one very bad game. Don’t bother with this game at all.
Rating: 2/5 -really bad