Cyber Shinobi review - Sega Master System
What the Mean Machines staff thought
Ninja beat 'em ups can be great - Revenge of Shinobi proved that. I had high hopes for this game, with its blend of magic and technology, but yet again I've been disappointed. The hero's movement is wooden, unresponsive and jerky, destroying any sense of suspended disbelief. As for the music... well, let's just say that Mozart's got nothing to worry about. The only backgrounds of note are those of the final level, when Cyber is wandering through the enemy base. The foes are poorly animated and easily defeated, even though the hero' lack of adequate response causes immense irritation. Do yourself a favour and spend your money elsewhere.
When you look at some of the new British Sega software released recently, which really shows what the machine can do, you wonder where some programmers are at. Cyber Shinobi features some rubbish graphics, with gaudy and badly defined backdrops, jerky scrolling and very poor sprites. The music is really naff and the gameplay is very boring. Shinobi-type games should be challenging and fun - this is merely dull, and doesn't have any new and original features to excite and certainly doesn't offer enough thrills or variety to keep you playing for more than a few goes.
Our pals at Mean Machines were generous to say the least when they awarded Cyber Shinobi 58%. Matt and Jaz’s comments betray feelings of a much lower score however I feel.
Richy Girth - 04 Dec 2008, 13:59 GMT
I suspect that my memory has blackened out most of my memory of the time I borrowed this for good reason, judging by the review.
Cest tres merde. Tres TRES Merde.
I say one hot poker up the tookas for the CEO of Sega for ever shit shinobi game ever allowed to be released. (backdating, of course) Or perhaps some serious jailtime at 'The Melbourne House repeat offenders prison for the talentless'. Anything to communicate the message further. They could administer their punishment to the tunes and rhythms of Yuzo Koshiro...
Then we all could sleep that bit safer.
michael larkin - 29 Aug 2010, 02:07 GMT
yeah not the best alternative version of shinobi available. not the worst game in the world,just very average. some sprite slowdown and dodgy collision detection let it down. alternatively, pick up alex kidd in shinobi world... AWESOME. but cyber shinobi.... even the story is average. 4/10 from me sorry.
Suds - 17 Sep 2014, 07:10 GMT
Not too bad a game as many people would have you believe.
Yes sprite collision is bad, stiff controls and a window that blocks about
10 percent of the screen is annoying but the music was great, that captured the
Futuristic settings, The weapons were very imaginative and different from other Shinobi games, laser guns etc bosses and stages were thought out well
i.e construction sights, night jungles etc.The plot I believe was set in the 2040's. A lot of potential in this game sadly let down by bad gamplay.
Phelipe - 17 Feb 2016, 00:28 GMT
It's true. Everybody wants would have believe that ''Cyber Shinobi'' is a crap game, a shame for SMS and Shinobi fans and etc... I think it all a nonsense. The game is awesome, nice idea to put a different game of his franchise. The Beat em Up + Platform is a good point of game! Nice graphics, for a 1990 Master System game, soundtrack awesome and it keeps on my mind. The only disadvantage was the slow way as Joe Musashi walks, a bit slow and jump, but it can be solved press jump + up to high jump. The way as he attacks i liked, its not so slow. But what problem to ''Cyber Shinobi''? A nice and classic SMS title ''Golden Axe'' also suffer with slowness, because sometimes the attack commands are slow to respond, Ax Battle walks fast, ok, but slow when screen is crowded of enemies. Too when you use magic with enemies lying on the ground, the magic does not effect, it is true, i confirmed when he played. Even with these disadvantage, ''Golden Axe'' for SMS is a nice game and overestimated by gamers. So judge ''Cyber Shinobi'' as a worst or a shame of SMS or Shinobi games because of slowness is a bit exaggerated Based others of the same console games, that even suffering with the same slowness, are nice by the public.