16-Bit Love Letter To Shinobi ‘Shadow Gangs’ Heads To Steam April 10

Move over, Joe Musashi. There’s a new ninja in town.

Shinobi fans, take note: Shadow Gangs, indie developer JKM Corp’s 16-bit style love letter to Sega’s classic ninja action series, will be making its way to Steam on April 10.

To celebrate the game’s upcoming release, the developers have released a launch trailer showcasing the game’s gorgeous HD, hand-drawn sprites and backgrounds, and high-energy ninja action. In the footage, you’ll notice plenty of nods to the Shinobi series, such as its blend of sword and shuriken-based combat and tricky platforming, to power-ups like the uzi that Joe Musashi used in the original Shinobi. The game even includes bonus rounds similar to the shuriken-tossing stages found in Shinobi. Instead, rather than lobbing throwing stars, you’re blasting away at sack-toting ninjas in the distance who drop power-ups when hit in an obvious homage to Golden Axe’s thieves.

Check out the Shadow Gangs release trailer below:

In Shadow Gangs, players take control of Dan, who must rescue his family from the clutches of the mysterious Shadow Force crime syndicate. The game features over ten levels to master, multiple difficulty modes, and six fierce bosses to test your samurai skills.

For more on the game, be sure to visit the official Steam page.

So, what do you think of the look of Shadow Gangs? Will you be adding the game to your Steam library when it releases next month? Let us know in the comments below. Additionally, stay tuned to Hey Poor Player for our review of the game in the coming days.


Frank has been the caffeine-fueled evil overlord of HeyPoorPlayer since 2008. He speaks loudly and carries a big stick to keep the staff of the HPP madhouse in check. A collector of all things that blip and beep, he has an extensive collection of retro consoles and arcade machines crammed into his house. Currently playing: Chorus (XSX), Battlefield 2042 (XSX), Xeno Crisis (Neo Geo)

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