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Game #1112
Hall of Belated Fame Inductee  Sword of The Samurai    View all Top Dogs in this genre
Strategy   Multi-genre strategy

Rating: 8.3 (1357 votes)

Sword of The Samurai box cover

Sword of The Samurai screenshot
Sword of The Samurai is a rare gem undiscovered by many. It's very strange that the game did not garner any Hall of Fame status in computer magazines, because it is the best game ever made about a Samurai's life in ancient Japan.

Your task is to work your way up the social ladder to become Shogun. Some of the game's best features include: exciting duels (designed by Sid Meier), lots of branching choices (later used in Darklands to great effect), and an authentic medieval Japanese setting, complete with beautiful woodcut graphics and ambient music in the appropriate style. Gameplay is a masterful blend of action, strategy, and adventure. Similar to medieval Europe, you have a fiefdom and a number of men under your command. The difference, however, is that here you must pay heed to your honor, quantified and of paramount importance. If you try to assassinate a rival and fail, for instance, your honor will decline precipitously, prompting your men to desert you. Lose enough honor, and you will have no choice but to commit seppuku (ritual suicide). With authentic Japanese premise, strong gameplay based on real Samurai culture, and great graphics, Sword of Samurai belongs in every strategy gamer's collection. Definitely not to be missed!

Reviewed by: Underdogs
Designer: Lawrence Schick
Developer: MicroProse
Publisher: MicroProse
Year: 1992
Software Copyright: MicroProse
Theme: Oriental, Epic
None that we know of
System Requirements: DOS
Where to get it:
Related Links: Justin's Sword of The Samurai page
If you like this game, try: Nobunaga's Ambition 2, Darklands, Conquest of Japan

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