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Byte Back
1989
Arcade: Solo beat-em-up
£2.99
English
ZX Spectrum 48K/128K
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Nick Roberts
Chris Bourne

You are Kendo (I thought that was the make of my mum' s mixer!), a ninja warrior with a mission, a mission to survive (hey that sounded good didn't it?). Using all your skill you must battle your way past the enemy and rescue the secret documents which they've stolen. Having done this, you make your escape via the awaiting helicopter and live to fight another day.

That's all very well, but what it really means is that this is another ninja beat 'em up to go along with the fifteen billion you already own. Though Kendo Warrior is one of the better ones, with some good looking graphics, even if they are mostly boring white monochrome, and an in-game tune. Instead of the action taking place on a horizontal scrolling background this is a split screen type. You can jump up through the roof (powerful legs!), or down through the floor, as well as going left and right into the various screens.

Not only do you get enemies hitting you with sticks and throwing bombs at you on the ground, but also gun turrets and cannons stuck to the ceiling and walls. These spray out bullets in a set area and are best avoided as they cannot be shot or hit. The presentation of the game is of a high standard as with all the other Byte Back games I've seen.

Kendo Warrior doesn't hold anything new, but there's challenge in it for a hardened games player. A fun beat 'em up.

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