Activision Inc
Software Studios
1990
Arcade: Action
£9.99
English
ZX Spectrum 48K/128K
Multiple schemes

46
Mark Caswell, Nick Roberts
Chris Bourne

Tsuklkage (bless you) is a typical Ninja warrior, armed with razor sharp Katana sword, Shuriken throwing stars, dynamite and swirly blades on a chain. With these he sets out to destroy an evil Warlock and his henchmen. Tsk (as he is known to all those who run out of breath trying to pronounce his name) is no ordinary Ninja: he's the spirit of a white wolf who's taken on human shape.

Tsk starts his monumental six-level trek in a ruined temple and faces hordes of Ninjas, wolves, old gits with swirly blades on a chain. With these he sets out to destroy an evil Warlock and his henchmen. Tsk (as he is known to all those who run out of breath trying to pronounce his name) is no ordinary Ninja: he's the spirit of a white wolf who's taken on human shape.

Tsk starts his monumental six-level trek In a ruined tempts and faces hordes of Ninjas, wolves, old gits with sticks and a myriad end of level bad guys in haunted forests, swamps and vertically scrolling cliff laces. Choose between the four weapons and let rip. Some of the destroyed enemies leave behind crystals which power up your weapons: an energy shield for your sword, multiple Shuriken and dynamite, a larger swirly blade and even a couple of Ninja Spirits to keep you company can be collected.

Aaagh, pan me the sun shades! This romp suffers from some of the worst screen clutteritis ever seen. Both character and background sprites are mono, which doesn't help character identification. Add to that the amount of things on screen at once and you very often die without noticing!

Ninja Spirits is an obscure coin-op game that should have been left in the dingy corner of the arcade it was taken from.

MARK ... 55%

CRITICISM

'One of those games which might be quite good if you could only see what the hell was going on - one of the worst examples of screen clutter I've ever seen! Large(ish) sprites jump about on a highly detailed yukky yellow monochrome oriental background. Evil killers appear all over the place and before you know it you're dead! Tedious. Only for fans of strained eyes and headaches: there's a good game in here somewhere, finding it is the problem.' NICK ... 61%

An average coin-op conversion hiding behind a deadly dose of screen-clutter.

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