Classic Moments: Shinobi
Darran recounts all his favourite bits from Sega’s hit arcade game
» Platform: Arcade » released: 1987 » developer: Sega
We’ve lost count of the number of arcade games that would wow you between levels with a fast and frantic bonus stage. Some, like The Simpsons, simply require you to bash buttons as quickly as possible in order to blow up a balloon to escape on; while others, like Street Fighter II, task you with smashing up a car as quickly as possible by… you’ve guessed it, bashing buttons as manically as you could.
Shinobi’s bonus round is also a button-basher of sorts, but it also requires far more skill than many of its peers. Sure, you can simply hammer the fire button to send shuriken flying from Joe Musashi’s hands, but brute force alone isn’t enough to succeed, you need to guide those flying stars of death to their targets as well. Triumph and you are treated to a ‘Perfect’ sign spelt out in fans and receive a bonus life for your troubles. Fail and you end up being confronted by this guy, instead. Needless to say, we always prefer to go for the extra life.