3 out of 5
Ninja themed platformer
Shinobi is one of the classics of left to right, oriental combat oriented platformers. But the DOS version is by no means the best one there is. What it lacks is the crispiness of the original, offering you a rather duller experience overall. You control a samurai and his arsenal of common and less common weapons. You have access to close quarters weapons as well as long range ones, though the later need to be used more sparsely, since they don't regenerate. There are also portions where enemies are scarcer but instead you have to manage the way you tackle the platforms. However, the game doesn't get exceedingly difficult, though it has its dose of enemies that get thrown at you without being able to prepare and some bosses that feel a bit too unfairly overpowered. At any rate, for a better than your average ninja themed platformer, this one sure delivers, and if you aren't too demanding with the graphics, you don't really have any reason to worry, the game is not bad, not bad at all. It's just a lesser version of the Sega Master System original, so if you can play that one, you'd be much better off.
2 out of 5
Porting from Sega to PC
The home computer version of Shinobi is a mediocre port of the great of the same name on the Sega Master System. The controls indicate a small problem: they feel stiff and some of the attacks may be delayed, which isn't good at all. The animation in the game is also bad. There are only 5 levels in total in the game, making it quite short. In between these missions, there are bonus levels. The graphics, while are quite ugly and unappealing and the lack of music makes this game quite boring.