Shadow Dancer is the follow on to Shinobi. Actually that’s not a very fair description. Let’s try again. Shadow Dancer is Shinobi. There that’s better. No, I don’t mean the character (though of course it is), I mean the actual game. It’s Shinobi…with a dog.
Level design, layout, gameplay, it’s virtually indistinguishable from the excellent original. Just updated with a new lick of paint thanks to the souped up System 18 arcade board. More colours, bigger sprites, better animations.
To be honest I did find the basic gameplay slightly tougher than its predecessor but this is compensated somewhat by a dog who can pin bad guys down for you and more Ninja Magic to clear crowded screens.