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Atari 7800 box cover
|Genre(s)||Sports, beat 'em up|
Ninja Golf is an Atari 7800 video game which combines scrolling beat 'em up and golf gameplay. Released in 1990, it later gained some renown for its outlandish subject matter and unique blend of gameplay styles. It was one of the final 11 games Atari released in 1990-91 for the 7800 before dropping support for that system.
The player starts each hole by aiming his ball and shooting it toward the green. He then runs toward the ball, in traditional sidescroller fashion, fighting various enemies encountered along the way. These enemies include other ninjas, gophers, birds, giant mutant frogs, sharks and more.
The enemies faced depends on the environment the ninja golfer is currently in. Sharks are encountered in water hazards and snakes in the sand traps. Ninjas are encountered in all the environments, including underwater.
AllGame gave the game a two and a half star rating out of five. The review described that the hybrid of golf and a 2D fighting game was "interesting" as well as noting the repetitive gameplay and lack of replay value.
In an AtariHQ review, Matthew Lippart praised the fighting, disliked the golf elements, and concluded with "a good game that's worth having just because it's friggin' weird."
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