this game certainly wins the prize for the most corny
game description! I mean honestly: Princess Di-Di? fists
of thunder? feet of iron?..... gripping stuff - this
guy should have written a novel!
were known for their good games and their bad games.
In my opinion, Ninja could have easily fallen
into either of these categories but got stuck in the
middle somewhere. On one hand, the game was so easy
I reckon my Mum could have completed it (probably in
less time than it took the author to write that fantastic
game description) and the background graphics were awful.
On the other hand, the Ninja's animation was pretty
cool, and the classic Rob Hubbard jingle not only seemed
to make the game worth loading up but also seemed to
bring the game to life and breathe atmosphere into it.
It's strange how much a good tune can make a crap game
seem playable! :)
game itself is laid out as a series of static screens
where you have to fight your way to "Akuma's Chamber"
on the top floor of a big enemy ninja complex. Be warned
however that you can only get to the chamber and rescue
the dumb blond if you've managed to collect all her
6 flashing idols. Sound difficult? Well actually it
couldn't be easier, considering almost every enemy you
encounter can be instantly killed with one karate kick
to the cranium or an accurately thrown dagger. Don't
be disheartened though, because on the rare occasion
your ninja suit gets ripped you can fix it up nice and
proper by just picking up one of the idols and replenishing
yourself. I think if it takes you more than 3 minutes
to complete this game you can consider yourself a bad
For me, the best bit was entering a room and all of
a sudden the music goes all hush and you can just hear
random oriental notes playing atmospherically in the
background... pretty sad huh? ;-)
Completing the game. The programmer really pulled out
all the stops on the end sequence... The flashing border
and the text that simply said "WINNER!" really
gave me that feeling of accomplishment!
by James Burrows
(14 July 2000)
"Games of the Week!"