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Cannon Dancer - Osman - Review - Xbox

Cannon Dancer Osman is a side-scrolling action platformer that was originally released in arcades in 1996. It has since been ported to a variety of platforms, including the Xbox. The game is set in a dystopian future where the world is controlled by a single corrupt government. Players take on the role of Kirin, a highly skilled martial artist who must fight his way through the city to defeat the government and its forces. Released as a coin-operated arcade game in 1996, Cannon Dancer, also known as “Osman” in the US, has become an absolute legend in arcade history. After the 90s fighting-game hype declined, the game slowly began to fade out of arcades due to the small number of units. Over the years, the title became a video game legend, with fans around the globe interested in getting their hands on it. Almost 30 years later, ININ Games has teamed up with two key members of the original development team to finally bring the game to modern home consoles: the game designer Kouichi Yotsui (also known as “Isuke” and famous for his work on “Strider”) and the artist Utata Kiyoshi. ININ games have brought the game to modern consoles with a variety of enhancements and quality of life improvements similar to other classic game re-releases. The game can be played with in-game English language or the original Japanese version. Both versions are playable in standard & challenge mode.

General features of Cannon Dancer (both modes):

  • Save States

  • Rewind Feature

  • Controller Vibration

  • Customizable Controls

  • Graphic Filters & Shaders


  • Double Jump

  • Invincible Jump

  • Invincible Slide

  • Invincible Attack

  • Auto Attack [Speed 1 – 5]

  • Extra Credits

The game features fast-paced action and challenging platforming. Players must use Kirin's various skills, such as his sword attacks, grappling hook, and cannon, to navigate the levels and defeat enemies. The game is also notable for its stylish visuals and atmospheric music. Cannon Dancer Osman is a challenging but rewarding game that is sure to please fans of side-scrolling action platformers. The game's fast-paced action, challenging platforming, and stylish visuals make it a must-play for fans of the genre.


  • Ported on modern consoles for the first time in history

  • Classic retro games mechanics, praised for their speed and agility

  • A total of six stages set in different, exotic locations

  • Three different types of power-ups

  • Tons of bosses and enemies

  • Variety of wondrous retro scenarios and graphics with bright and even psychedelic colors, related to the final bosses of each stage

Here are some of the pros and cons of Cannon Dancer Osman:


  • Fast-paced action

  • Challenging platforming

  • Stylish visuals - Cannon Dancer Osman is a visually stunning game. The game's graphics are crisp and colorful. The game's art style is also very unique.

  • Atmospheric music

  • Classic side-scrolling action

  • Lots of enemies to defeat

  • Multiple difficulty levels

  • Lots of secrets to find -The game's levels are filled with hidden areas and items. You can find these secrets by exploring the levels carefully.


  • Some levels can be frustratingly difficult

  • The game can be repetitive at times

  • The story is somewhat lacking - The game's story is told through text boxes, which can be hard to follow. The game's story is also not very engaging.

Overall, Cannon Dancer Osman is a great game that is sure to please fans of side-scrolling action platformers. The game's fast-paced action, challenging platforming, and stylish visuals make it a must-play for fans of the genre. If you're looking for a challenging but rewarding game to play, then Cannon Dancer Osman is definitely worth checking out. The enhancements of the game really make this the best way to play a game that honestly, you probably would never get to play in its original form anyway thanks to its rarity. TOTAL SCORE: 8/10

Cannon Dancer - Osman was released onto the Xbox store on the 13th April 2023. It's playable on Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S consoles. The game is priced at £24.99 and can be purchased HERE.

A copy of the game was provided for this review. A huge thanks for that.

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