Sega Master System / Mark III / Game Gear
SKILL LEVELS 1
SUPPLIER PRO GAMES
The latest ninja has bolted from the Sega stable. (Geegee? Horse? Stable?) Julian Boardman saddled up
Would you be the friend/ family member/pet/casual acquaintance of a certain Shinobi called Mushashi? I think not. In the original Shinobi his whole training school was held to ransom; in Shadow Dancer his best mate was killed: The Revenge of Shinobi saw his teacher killed and some beautiful woman being inexplicably kidnapped. This time Joe Mushashi, has formed a coalition against evil (fools! fools!). Joe is Red and the others are known as Pink (ahem), Yellow, Blue and Green. Shock of shocks - Joe's buds get kidnapped. Old Mushashi brings with him more bad luck than Miss Marple.
But the one thing you can say for Joe is that he's loyal. Every time something goes wrong, he troops out and starts chucking his weight about to rescue his mates - you can't say fairer than that. In this case, the Oriental wonder has to fight his way across four levels of Hong Kong's underworld in an attempt to rescue each member of his troupe.
Mushashi begins his trek by leaping across the roofs of cars on a busy highway. Not helping matters are assorted mutants and marksmen. Then it's up the side of a tall building, leaping from window sill to window sill, dodging bullets and swinging his sword around like a good 'un. From there Joe jumps onto the roof of a moving plane (?) where he gets buzzed by helicopters and suicidal chappies who crawl up from beneath and promptly explode. As usual the area is dotted with crates that Mushy must break to reveal their contents. Sometimes he may get an energy restorer but more likely it is a deadly bomb. The bombs don't have a large range, but in the heat of the battle it is difficult to notice that the little black shadow beneath you is in fact going to wipe out one of your four energy bars.
Needless to say, Mushy can use magic but this must be picked up from one of the crates. This is unusual for a Sega ninja game (ninjas normally have all the powers) and increases the challenge immeasurably, GG Shinobi is probably the most difficult game that has appeared on the Game Gear so far. Which is just as well because this is the fourth in the saga and there are a lot of aficionados out there.
For newcomers to the genre, it will prove to be very frustrating at first. Not a purchase recommended for the beginner, but old hands at arcade beat-em-up adventures will revel in the challenge.
✘ Backgrounds lack content.
✔ Action is vivid and distinct.
✘ Limited amount of spot effects.
✔ Each level has a different tune.
✘ Beginners will find it difficult.
✔ Much action and challenge far cognoscenti.
£29.95 • IMPORT
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