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Izuna: Legend of the Unemployed Ninja review

Who's looking to hire an anime-style, hard-as-balls dungeon crawler?


  • The goofy characters
  • The battle system
  • Actively upgrading your weapons


  • Losing items
  • weapons and money
  • Dying a thousand deaths
  • The mandatory conversations

You’d be forgiven for thinking that Izuna: Legend of the Unemployed Ninja was based on some obscure anime property. Hell, it looks it, from its pink-haired heroine with eyes the size of baseballs to its light-hearted sense of humor - and you can bet the publishers are betting on that assumption to sell the game. But, to its credit, it’s an original property chock full of quirky characters, ridiculous situations, and a pretty solid combat system.

While traveling with her posse, presumably looking for a little freelance ninja work, Izuna’s zest for life accidentally earns her a curse from some irritable deities. Hey - could happen to anyone. But goodness, things go topsy-turvy for her ilk and the other villagers. Feelings are hurt, neuroses develop, cats and dogs move in together - mass hysteria.

More Info

GenreRole Playing
DescriptionAn unabashed dungeon crawler where you'll scrape your knees bloody dragging yourself across the dank and craggy floor in this absurd quest of gods and orbs.
US censor ratingEveryone 10+
Release date20 February 2007 (US), (UK)