Review by GundamWZ

Reviewed: 11/01/99 | Updated: 11/01/99

A more difficult action platformer, but fun and addictive nontheless

Let me start with the problems Ninja Gaiden has. Unlike the 2 other games in the series, the original has terrible gameplay. Most of the time, you will be killed because of falling in a hole, since you can only climb on ladders. In the other two, you can climb on any wall, which makes survival easier. The enemies have a tendency to be cheap and annoying, such as the birds, who constantly hit you, and are very hard to hit, since they fly really fast. The game can be VERY frustrating because of this, good thing you have unlimited continues and passwords (I'm not sure if the NES version has this, Ninja Gaiden Trilogy does, though.)

The game could be called a Castlevania rip off, the two are very similar, such as the "points" you collect to use special abilities, but in my opinion, Ninja Gaiden is more superior than Castlevania.

Ninja Gaiden takes place in the modern times, throughout the world. Ryu, the star of the game, is a ninja, who's father is killed during a duel against a mystery ninja. Ryu finds a note in his father's room with his sword and a ninja suit to find a Dr. Smith, and to avenge his death. However, the adventure leads to an even greater evil force.

The game has many characters who come and go very fast, and they all help Ryu eventually stop the evil from destroying the earth. The gameplay is fast-paced and you have little time to stop and rest. Enemies get repetitive at some times, but it's a fun game, anyway. The special abilities you get are very helpful. A fire protection spell kills all enemies you come into contact with, this helps when you get it, since there are small platforms with enemies on them you need to jump on. The first 2 bosses are incredibly easy, but the difficulty drasticly increases on the third level, which took me 2 hours to get through to begin with.

All in all, if you wish to play Ninja Gaiden, you should come prepared with an extremely high level of patience, and something to stop blisters from forming on your thumbs.

Rating:   4.0 - Great

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