Spectrum 2.0

Review of 'Last Ninja 2'

Rating:4 User: The Dean of Games

1988 System 3 Software (UK)
by Mevlut Dinc, Gary Thornton and Brian Marshall

No doubt one of the prettiest games ever created for the Spectrum.
The graphics are astonishing. They remind me the Italian fumetti of the 70' and 80's.
The problem lies in the gameplay. The controls are hard to master, you cant walk in diagonal, meaning you walk in sequences of 'L' shaped moves. Another problem is the way you fight your adversaries. Its always the same procedure, like in a very basic beat 'em up, you press the same keys over and over again, on top of that there's too many baddies slowing down your progress. If only there was more variety in killing them, besides weapons, or a faster way, maybe it wouldn't be so boring at times.
The high point, besides the beautifully design backgrounds and characters I mentioned before, is the problem solving. Every situation requires strategy and planning and some are quite well thought out. This really adds value to the game, and makes it worthwhile
4,5 stars