RHYTHMCORE AL­PHA (G) SHINOBI III: RE­TURN OF THE NINJA MAS­TER (PG)

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DSiWare, $7.50

★★★ This mu­sic pro­duc­tion soft­ware isn’t for the faint of heart. While the ba­sics may be straight­for­ward — choose from a large per­cus­sion and synth li­brary to lay down beats and melodies us­ing the loop­ing se­quencer — many of the other op­tions will take far more time to mas­ter. This will only be of in­ter­est to elec­tronic mu­si­cians who want to muck around on their DS. It’s cheap, but there’s bet­ter soft­ware avail­able. Out now.

iPhone, $3.99

★★★ One of the bet­ter SEGA Mega Drive re-re­leases on the iPhone, Shinobi III re­mains a clas­sic. As ninja war­rior Joe Musashi, play­ers leap, slash and throw ninja stars, and even find time for a lit­tle horse-rid­ing and surf­ing. The only stick­ing point is the con­trols — vir­tual but­tons and a vir­tual D-pad will never be as good as the real thing, and us­ing them ob­scures the screen. Even so, this blast from the past is good value.

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