Ninja Gaiden (Atari Lynx video game)

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Ninja Gaiden
Developer(s)BlueSky Software
Publisher(s)Atari
Platform(s)Atari Lynx
Release1990
Genre(s)Action
Mode(s)Single-player

Ninja Gaiden is an arcade adaption for the Atari Lynx under license from Tecmo.

Plot[edit]

A ninja in training must enter the sacred silent city in his quest to destroy the darkness and restore order.[1]

Gameplay[edit]

Ninja Gaiden is a side-scrolling action game in which the player controls a trainee ninja that can jump, punch, kick and use weapons. The enemy opponents come in the form of; masked ninja, lumberjack ninja, clawed warrior, dark lord, black ninja, sumo wrestler and white ninja. The final boss is known as the dark lord who uses razor-sharp sabres.[1] The game is on a timer where the player has 99 seconds to complete each level. If the player fails to complete the level in that time the player loses a life.[1] There are a number of power-ups and treasures in the game from extra time to swords. There is also a scoring system of points for each enemy killed.[1]

Reception[edit]

Reception
Review scores
PublicationScore
CVG89%[2]
IGN7/10[3]
Raze91%[4]

Robert A. Jung reviewed the game which was published to IGN. He said the story was irrelevant, the game was a scaled down version of the arcade original he went on to write; "Sadly, Ninja Gaiden offers no improvement at all, and some would call its curtailing even worse." He praise the graphics but in his final verdict he wrote "Ninja Gaiden is not a bad game; it's just not a good game, either." Giving a final score of 7 out of 10.[3] CVG magazine also reviewed the Atari Lynx version of the game in their August 1991 issue. Rob Swan said the game was exactly the same as the arcade coin-op. He felt the game was a little short of superb but really addictive, giving the game a score of 89 out of 100.[2] Les Ellis reviewed the game in Raze Magazine giving a score of 91%.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Ninja Gaiden Manual Scan". Atari Corporation. Retrieved 18 August 2018 – via Atariage.com.
  2. ^ a b Rob Swan (August 1991). "Lynx Lowdown". Computer Videogame Magazine. No. 117. p. 37.
  3. ^ a b Robert A. Jung (6 July 1999). "The second Tecmo arcade conversion for the Atari Lynx is somewhat disappointing". IGN. Retrieved 18 August 2018.
  4. ^ a b Les Ellis (August 1991). "Ninja Gaiden". Raze. p. 54. Retrieved 18 August 2018 – via archive.org.