Ninja Golf

After many long years of ninja training, you are finally ready for the most difficult test of all... nine holes of Ninja Golf!

Overview

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Ninja Golf is a comedic 2D side-scrolling beat-'em-up developed by BlueSky and published by Atari for the Atari 7800 in 1990.

Players control a black-clad ninja, whose must play nine holes of golf while fighting other ninjas, mud-slinging gophers, egg-dropping birds, killer sharks, scorpions, and giant mutant frogs.

The game includes three stages of play: actual golfing (which is simplified and uses the top-down map), running towards the ball lie (while fighting enemies in different environments), and completing the hole (by running on the green and battling a large dragon with shurikens in a third-person over-the-shoulder perspective). Players are scored by defeating enemies and completing holes with low amount of swings.

The concept of blending the sport of golf with action gameplay was later revisited almost two decades later with Aqua Teen Hunger Force: Zombie Ninja Pro-Am.