The evil Shogun has destroyed the Ninja brotherhood, except for one... You. The Last Ninja.
Your sworn oath is to recover the scrolls of the White Ninja.
You must use all your weapon craft an fighting skills as you travel through dangerous wastelands, magnificent gardens, then descend into the direst dungeons before the final confrontation... You cannot fail.
You are the Last Ninja.
The Status Area
The status area of the screen is broken into sections.
The "enemy wounds" display shows how effectively you are combating your opponents. The "using" display tells you the current weapon you are using. The "holding" display tells you which object you are holding. When you visit a shrine or drink from a fountain of knowledge, the items you are told to collect will be shown under the heading "Find" below the "Holding" display. In the bottom section of the status area is your overall "Power" reserve. Next to that, the weapons you have available are shown: larger sprites are used to show the weapons in this section, and in the "Holding" display, than are used in the game area.
You begin play with three lives. If you manage to find an apple this will give you an extra life. If you start the second level with only one life then you will receive another immediately. You also have the opportunity of trying to find another apple.
You will not automatically receive any further lives in the later levels but there will be aples to be found giving you an extra life each.
In order to overcome certain hazards, you will have to use Ninja Magic. This takes various forms, some of which you cannot see as they are hidden behind trees, rocks, in containers like boiling pots or they might literally be right underfoot. This magic is picked up in the same way as any other object but nothing will be displayed in the Status Area. Instead, Ninja may display certain peculiarities but these are only short-lived.
Finally, all the guards you will encounter are out to kill you and they will use lots of different weapons. There is nothing to stop you using any weapon in your arsenal against any guard but your effectiveness is increased if you use the same weapon as your opponent.
Z - Forward left, * - Forward right, ? - Backward left, X - Backward right
J - Small jump, K - Medium jump, L - Large jump
P - Pick Up, Crouch and Block, H - Hold Object, SPACE - Weapon, S/Q - Sound On/Off, COPY/DELETE - Pause On/Off, SHIFT-ESCAPE - Quit Game
When not holding a weapon:
RETURN/* - Punch
RETURN/? - Kick
RETURN/Z - Pick Up, Crouch & Block
RETURN/X - Pick Up, Crouch & Block
When using a sword, numchukas or stick:
RETURN/* - Hit or Stab Up
RETURN/? - Hit or Stab Down
RETURN/Z - Hit or Stab Across
RETURN/X - Hit or Stab Across
When using a shuriken star or smoke bomb:
(Or holding a throwable object when these weapons are not selected)
RETURN/Z - Throw
RETURN/X - Throw
Note: You can keep the RETURN key depressed all the time during combat.
Tape: CHAIN"" (RETURN)
Disc: Hold SHIFT and tap BREAK.
The following utilities are also available to allow you to edit the supplied screens of this game:
A cheat for this game was included on the Electron User 7.10 compilation, released by Database (Refer to the specific instructions on that compilation and match the cheat to the specific version. Note that emulated versions of the game may not work with this cheat).
A digital version of this item can be downloaded right here at Everygamegoing (All our downloads are in .zip format).