Surf Ninjas is based on the 1993 movie of the same title. You play as Johnny McQuinn, a teenage surfer, who learned a couple of ninja moves. Your ultimate goal is defeating the evil Colonel Chi who threatens your island, and the game leads you from California all the way to the South China Sea.
In the game, you can move left or right through several scrolling screens that constitute one level. One button is used to fight the randomly spawning ninjas in beat 'em up fashion, while another one can be used to enter buildings. The player has an inventory that can hold only one item at a time. These items are used to solve some small puzzles within each stage.
This is a bad game based on a movie, where game is a typical side-scrolling beat-em-up game, where you are transformed into a ninja where you got to beat-up other ninjas over and over until you get bored. Later on you'll get some weapons too, but that's it.
Another Real Dog from Capstone, who tirelessly acquired lucrative movie licenses and churned out horrible games based on them -- and they never seem to learn, either. Surf Ninjas is no exception. But what makes the game worse in this case is that it is based on an equally bad (or perhaps even worse) movie. Here's the story: two surfer brothers discover their princely past and are magically transformed into awesome ninja super-dudes. That's really pretty much it.. the rest of the movie is spent showing off their "martial arts" skills that look more like frog dancing.
The game is a typical side-scroller beat-em-up, starring you as the surfer dude. Levels follow events in the movie, although since there is little plot to talk about, it doesn't really matter. The backdrops are better drawn than Capstone's other games, but the action is still awful. Characters are blocky, controls are bad, and enemies are incredibly repetitive ("how many ninjas can I fight before getting bored?" is the right question to ask yourself). The game gets a little better once you can transform into a ninja and have access to cool ninja weapons, but not by much. Overall, another pretty bad entry from a company notorious for butchering movie licenses.
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