Shadow Dancer review - Sega Megadrive
Shadow Dancer is often overlooked in favour of Sega's other Shinobi games. You might say it is regarded as the black sheep of the family. What's even funnier about this Megadrive version is it bares very few similarities to the arcade version in terms of its gameplay.
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Tris Wicks - 11 Nov 2008, 02:36 GMT
This is so tough to master. It may be short but it's classy - and having seen a mate OWN this game on the hardest difficulty settings i've found new respect for it.
Matt Taylor - 04 Aug 2009, 00:28 GMT
Its a shame that 'Shadow Dancer' was overlooked as a 'classic' Shinobi title on its launch, but its easy to see why following on the back of the seminal and convention breaking 'Super Shinobi' and falling short as an arcade conversion. But its for exactly the latter reason that it should be applauded. Like other early megadrive titles such as 'E-Swat' and 'Rainbow Islands', 'Shadow Dancer' offered (and still offers) and genuinely exclusive arcade title, not available on any other platform, and a game platform/shooter fans can relish. Perhaps only with the benefit of hindsight will a generation of gamers come to realise it.
Rich - 05 Nov 2009, 16:42 GMT
Hmmm, yeah I remember this review, the only time where I read a review from CVG, where I really felt that they had completely missed the ball, this is an awesome Shinobi game, one of my favourites.
Stuart - 12 Aug 2010, 16:17 GMT
There was a disappointment with this not being that close the the arcade version. I think a closer arcade conversion would have been better.
Still a good game although personally I think its a little under rated here.
Dylan Barry - 20 Jun 2012, 16:02 GMT
mental soundtrack... very abstract
Andrew Laggan - 05 Jul 2013, 16:56 GMT
I thought the original magazine review at the time was rather harsh. Whilst different to the coin-op in terms of level design and structure, the gameplay is more arcade orientated than that or Revenge/Super Shinobi. Shadow Dancer may lack the depth of the former but it's still (in my opinion) a decent game in it's own right with some impressivly slick visuals in places (the stage on the bridge over the river was particualrly nice for the time) and some excellent music in places. I would have given the game 8/10 in its day. Not as good as Revenge of Shinobi but decent nontheless!
Liam Golder - 24 May 2014, 11:27 GMT
I love this game and feel it should get more praise it is under valued- the main character is cool and the game layout is interesting and keeps the player occupied. Feel it has been classed as a game that is rated lower than it really is. Revenge of Shinobi has an edge but love the way in Shadow Dancer the dog follows you around- great game well worth playing again and again.
YawnBoyPest1957 - 23 May 2015, 11:24 GMT
I prefer this to revenge of shinobi, it's the closest we ever got to the first shinobi coin op on megadrive. The gameplay has that same kinetic flow. However Revenge looked more stylish and had better atmosphere, this comes off looking a bit cheesily sci fi. The game veers between looking good to downright ropey, the flaming background of the first stage looks like a half assed thunderforce III impersonation. It doesn't suprise me that some reviewers turned their nose up at the game.