Ninja Spirit

• Publisher: Activision
• Developer:
Release Date: 1990
Code: Chris Butler
GFX: Chris Butler
Music: Martin Walker

ZZAP64 Game Rating: 90%
Our Game Rating: 89%




> NINJA SPIRIT by Kingsoft

Completed and Reviewed by Neil Collins

This one's a beauty! Ninja Spirit is a game I'd long forgotten about, until today when I stumbled across it again over twenty years later. It's an excellent conversion of an arcade game, where you control a character called Tsukikage - the spirit of a white wolf, in the form of a ninja. Your mission is to defeat the last warlock who is wreaking havoc in your homeland and is after your soul. You have to battle through four levels to finally face the evil warlock and put an end to his terror. If you're fan of games such as Shinobi and Rygar - then you'll love this one. It scored 90% in Zapp 64, and it's more than deserved.

The final boss has been defeated.

Our hero's quest comes to an end.

And he changes into a dog!


"here, Shep"

The End.

HOW WAS IT COMPLETED?: Using an infinite lives cheat.

SO WHAT HAPPENS?: At the end of level four you finally face the warlock. After smacking him about a bit, he finally explodes. The screen flashes and our hero drops to his knees before transforming into the form of a white wolf. You then get to watch a nicely animated ending where the wolf runs across the screen with other wolves against a colourful backdrop. The screen clears and the conclusion of the story scrolls up the screen in cinematic fashion. The land is saved, the demon killed... but for how long?


  • Neil: Top game this, with a good ending. This is what the C64 is all about.

  • Vinny: Nice ending. I love the bit where the dogs run across the screen. Try watching it in an emulator with the speed at 500% :)

  • Syncrow76: Terribly difficult, sometimes even unfair game. This is one of the few games I consider impossible without unlimited lives. Great music, great Graphics (especially the big sprite explosions).

FINAL SAY: I really enjoyed playing this one - and the ending was the icing on the cake.

G.E. RATING: 7 / 10

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