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Ninja II

by Paul Allen Panks


(based on 3 ratings)
2 reviews

About the Story

It has been two years since the shinto shrine was attacked by the rival ninja clan. And yet, you find yourself again here...

You are a ninja of peace, protecting the shinto shrine your grandfather built many years ago. The Ice Dragon, said to be an ancient master of fire, attacked a rival shrine across from the shrine of your master. The dragon is cunning and swift, and to finish the job requires great skill. But you are strong, determined to avoid such an unseemly fate...

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36th Place - 11th Annual Interactive Fiction Competition (2005)

Editorial Reviews

Baf's Guide

This is essentially the same Ninja game entered a year before, which the author expanded by exactly one puzzle (however, it didn't improve things in any way). It's arguable whether it was a legal entry for the IF-Competition, since its rules admit newly released games only; however, considering the ranks both Ninja and Ninja II earned in the Comp, this argument is mostly of purely theoretical interest.

-- Valentine Kopteltsev


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful:
Ninja expanded (slightly), February 13, 2022
by Cody Gaisser (Florence, Alabama, United States of America, North America, Earth, Solar System, Milky Way, Known Universe, ???)

Ninja II is a slightly expanded version of the original Ninja text adventure by Paul Panks.

It now includes introductory text that explains the game's objective, which is much appreciated. It fixes the issue where examining the idol was not allowed, which is also appreciated. It also includes a new (and rather obtuse) "puzzle" where the player must beat a dragon by (Spoiler - click to show)typing the words "beat dragon", which I appreciated much less. Ninja II is more jokey than its predecessor. Otherwise, it's almost exactly the same game. Combat is still janky (either you never encounter a rival ninja, or else it kills you randomly).

Compared to Ninja, Ninja II is in some ways improved and in other ways made worse. I don't necessarily recommend either; but, having now played both, I'm starting to get a little better grasp on my questions about why Paul Panks was so notorious within the interactive fiction community.

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Ninja, plus a dragon, August 1, 2017
by MathBrush
Related reviews: less than 15 minutes

This game is just Ninja I with an extra dragon added.

I don't see how this could possibly not be satire of some sort, especially as Panks released much longer and more detailed games.

It did somehow make me like Ninja I a bit more though...

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