sblogoBack in August of last year (had to think about that one for a second), we first told you about Shadow Blade, a slick-looking action platformer that was in the works from developer Dead Mage. You play as a ninja doing all sorts of expected ninja-y stuff, like wall-jumping, throwing shurikens, and slashing things with your sword. As a huge fan of games like Ninja Gaiden and Shinobi back in the NES days, Shadow Blade looked right up my alley. Besides the actual gameplay stuff though, Shadow Blade really stuck out for me due to its dark but colorful atmosphere and excellent animations, all of which showed well in the game's initial trailer.

That was quite a while ago, but over Christmas Dead Mage posted a brand new video for Shadow Blade, this time showing more than a minute of straight gameplay in one of the levels. Check it out.

Everything that drew me into the game initially still does so here, and looks better than ever, but something I didn't notice before was how well the music is integrated into the gameplay. The strums as you pick up each of those green orbs adds to the atmosphere tremendously, and is a very nice touch. It looks like Shadow Blade is drawing near the finish line, with an expected release window of February. I'm very excited to get my hands on it, so check out the forums for more and we'll bring you any new information leading up to its release.

  • InfectiousRed

    Looks fantastic.

  • B30

    Hopefully not a F2P double currency timer crap!

  • Bool Zero

    Ooh, I like what I see! Had no clue about this before this article but I'm adding it to my watchlist now!

  • rich_952000

    Looks very "Ninja Gaiden-ish" which is a good thing. Gameplay looks fast and tight will keep an eye on this one..

  • WhiteHadal

    It looks neat and fun, I'm keeping an eye on this game

  • HippoHumper

    This looks really good. I always thought Mark of the Ninja on Xbox Live Arcade would translate well to iOS and this looks pretty damn close.

  • Ramaz1234

    Oh man oh man does this game look good ;-;.

    • Ramaz1234

      Game was just submitted 0.0. Idk what that means. Maybe a release tonight?

      • Ramaz1234

        Nvm... I didn't know it takes a week to pass that stupid

  • TheFeralMerc

    It'd be really cool if they had multiple skins or costumes for the ninja. Really digging the music.

  • Wizard_Mike

    Holy smoke bombs, Batman! This looks shweeeet!

  • ridiculocity

    Wow... Gimme!

  • RunningWild

    Holy f#ckballs! It looks like a highly polished League of Evil. I'm sure if Hodor were to have read this article, he would have wholeheartedly shouted, "HODOR!"

  • SerapisB

    I want

  • 21tigermike

    Looks like Ninja Gaiden in HD. Can't wait.

  • alundra40

    I've been waiting for a game like this. I'm still hoping someone will port NES ninja gaiden or even update the graphics like contra evolution. But this will definitely do in the mean time

  • alundra40

    Are there any other apps similar to this or ninja gaiden already on the App Store