Kasumi Ninja is a fighting game and Mortal Kombat clone released in 1994 by Hand-Made Software for the Atari Jaguar. In the game, various fighters kill each other for a chance to take down the demonic warlord who took over the Kasumi Island.
Why it Sucks
- Just choosing a character is a chore, as you have to walk around in a 3D room in 1st-person view to pick your character.
- Awful digitized graphics.
- Bad, unresponsive controls.
- Dull, slow gameplay.
- Bad music.
- Ridiculous special moves. One of the characters, Angus MacGreggor, has a special move which involves him lifting up his kilt to shoot a fireball from underneath.
- Input for the special moves is horrible and inconsistent from other fighting games; instead of button combinations or doing quarter-circle motions on the D-pad to throw projectiles for instance, you just hold down one button and tap in any direction
- This game was one of many blatant and poorly done Mortal Kombat rip-offs.
- This was one of those games to wimp out by censoring the finishing Moves and blood, which was actually one of the reasons why Mortal Kombat got popular.
The game was universally panned by critics. It has been criticized for being a blatant rip-off of Mortal Kombat (including gameplay, digitized graphics and graphic violence) with poor controls. GamePro commented that the graphics are technically impressive, but often unpleasant to look at due to aesthetic choices such as the palette swapped characters, the massive blood drops, and Angus's kilt-lifting move. They also criticized the controls, the music, and the announcer's voice, and concluded "Kasumi's a 64-bit warrior destined to remain in the shadows of deeper 16-bit fighting games." Next Generation Magazine gave it one star out of five, calling it "a tragic example when good ideas are poorly executed" and citing "jerky animation", "sluggish control" and "baffling gameplay mechanics that discourage close-up fighting".
In a retrospective review, Allgame praised the game's visuals, but criticized the controller and concluded the game to be no more than "a horrible cash-in" Mortal Kombat clone that "should be ignored by all but the most devoted 64-bit Atari Jaguar fans." GamePro summarized that "Kasumi Ninja was a terrible, terrible Jaguar title - bad controller, bad controls, terrible menu set, forgettable characters, and an utterly unoriginal premise - that, thankfully, history has forgotten."
In 2009, Topless Robot ranked it as the fourth worst Mortal Kombat rip-off. In 2011, UGO.com included it in their list of the 102 worst games of all time. That same year, Complex called it "one of the worst Jaguar games ever released in a sea of awful Jaguar games." In 2012, Complex also ranked it as the fourth worst fighting game of all time, adding, "It was hard choosing amongst Ultra Vortek, Fight for Life, and Kasumi Ninja for the worst Jaguar fighting game, but we’re going to go with the last one mentioned because it’s probably the most famous. And also the worst."