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  • Crosses the Line Twice: The game gleefully throws itself into its pisstake of bad kung-fu movie cliches with the same wanton abandon that The Simpsons did to Australia in 'Bart vs Australia', being as outrageously over-the-top and offensive and getting everything as deliberately wrong as possible (Lo Wang is a Ninja with a Chinese name who wields a Katana and shuriken just for starters) in order to play it all for maximum giggles.
  • Demonic Spiders: Coolies, they are common, slightly resistant and fast, and their only attack is getting near you and exploding for heavy damage. That's not enough because once they die (assuming you don't use explosive weapons on them to gib them) they return as annoying flying ghosts.
    • Rippers. They take 5-6 full shots from the riot gun to down, they're incredibly fast, come in packs, and deal tons of damage to you if given the chance.
    • The big brown Rippers even more so, who are borderline Boss in Mook's Clothing. They take 5-6 rockets or rail gun shots to kill, and do massive damage in melee.
    • While the basic brown ninjas are normally somewhat troublesome in groups, the red ninjas have a tendency to launch rockets at you. Orange ones have the heat-seeking rockets. Gray ones can use grenades, which can pack a nasty punch. And the Shadow Ninja, in addition to being difficult to see, along with being very fast, has a firewall attack and a napalm attack, both of which are VERY deadly to be on the receiving end of.
  • Goddamned Bats: The hornets. They're small, very fast, and can come in a small fleet. Of course, with 1 HP, they are easy to kill. Good luck trying to hit them.
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  • Moral Event Horizon: In level 13 "Unfriendly Skies", you find Zilla has made a jet airliner crash, presumably killing everyone aboard. Even worse, it's never explained why he would do this, suggesting it was just For the Evulz.
  • Most Annoying Sound : The replacement for the standard ninja enemies in the Wanton Destruction expansion will make you tear your ears out with their repetitive, squeaky chanting in pseudo-Chinese. It doesn't help that you'll be hearing it in every single level.
    • The Rippers let out a scream when you damage them. It's not annoying unto itself unless you're using the Riot Gun, where the sound will play over itself seven times!. If you used the alternate fire, then it's 28!
  • Nightmare Fuel: In some levels you will find people (implied to be victims of Zilla's monsters) just sitting there with their entrails hanging out, yet somehow still alive. Fortunately, you can put them down.
  • The Coolie Mines from the original game, a dimly lit mine where coolies rip you apart at every turn. It's even worse in the redux with the enhanced music.
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  • Values Dissonance: What would've passed for harmless goofing on Asian culture in 1997 can come off as cringeworthy nowadays. The amount of Asian stereotyping in this game is enough to make someone's head spin. Though it is admittedly Played for Laughs, it's not hard to see why someone would be a little turned off by it all, nor is it hard to see why the remake toned most of it down.
  • What an Idiot!: At the end of level 16 Lo Wang is teleported into a cell by a trap and has to escape in level 17. The problem: the grate is easily opened so he can escape his cell right away. You also have to wonder why they didn't have a bunch of mooks waiting at the receiving end of the teleporter to all shoot Wang at once while he's in a cell with no room to dodge.

Alternative Title(s): Shadow Warrior


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