Shinobi engages in mixed-weapon combat with an enemy in a Japan-inspired cemetery setting.
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The Revenge of Shinobi's gameplay is that of a typical side-scroller. The player controls Shinobi, a ninja who is on a quest to stop a warlord named Ashira-o. Shinobi's main weapon is a katana, and he can also attack with shurikens. He later gains the abilities to double-jump and use dark magic and stealth moves. Most of the game's enemies are samurai and other ninja. There are five bosses throughout the game who control the other enemies.
The Revenge of Shinobi received mixed to negative reviews from critics. GameRankings gave it a score of 48.04%, while Metacritic gave it 51 out of 100.GameSpot writer Frank Provo focused on the monotonous, unchallenging nature of the gameplay. He also noted that although Shinobi has many abilities at his arsenal, there is not much need to use them.GameSpy's Benjamin Turner echoed these points, also criticizing the password system and artificial intelligence. Minimal praise focused on the audio and graphics.