GBAtemp Recommends! Ninja Five-O G.R. Issue #17 (GBA) Welcome, as we chop our way through the seventeenth issue of GBAtemp Recommends! - a weekly magazine feature in which we share our favorite Game Boy Advance titles. The games we recommend may be top titles from the GBA library, a homebrew, or they may be sleeper hits that flew by the radar, but one thing's certain, they're all fantastic games that deserve your play time! GBAtemp Recommends! Ninja Five-O Classic time tested elements wrapped with an arcade ribbon, sold and then forgotten, make for perfect recommendations. Ninja Five-O is the story of a cop (5-0, get it?) who sets out to defeat an evil criminal ring influenced by magical ninja-relic masks, while saving hostages and disposing of bad guys. The game stays true to the ninja-genre while being successfully inspired by Rolling Thunder, Revenge of Shinobi and Bionic Commando. From swinging shuriken throws to magical ninja attacks, graphics are highly detailed and beautifully animated. Well planned levels can be entertainingly traversed, leading towards a required color-coded key, and inevitably to a boss battle. Enemies attack only when you enter their field of view, an element for which stealth attacks would have fit nicely. The Button layout keeps movement accessible without the need for over-the-top combinations. A hardcore repetitive soundtrack manages to stay fresh while inspiring the need to slay brutally as you go. Game play remains simple through quick pick-up-and-play arcade style level design even when harder difficulty settings increase the challenge. Players must endure as the later stages, and the actual ending, are not available from the 'easy' mode. Developed by Hudson Soft and published by Konami, Ninja Five-O was skipped by most players due to its name and generic looking U.S. box art. Regardless of a few insignificant shortcomings, gamers can rest assured this addictive old-school inspired side-scrolling action romp packs a fun challenge for every level of play. Its good to the last chop!