Sword of the Samurai
DOS - 1989
Description of Sword of the Samurai
Developed by MPS Labs and published by MicroProse Software, Inc., Sword of the Samurai (also known as Sword of the Samurai: A Quest For Honor In Feudal Japan) is a action, strategy game revolving around interactive fiction with graphics, real-time. It was published in 1989, feel free to download and play it now!
Sword of The Samurai is a rare gem undiscovered by many gamers. 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. Starting off as a lowly Samurai, 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 Japan setting, complete with beautiful woodcut graphics and Japanese ambient music. 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 heed Japanese concepts of honor which is quantified and is of paramount importance in the game. If you try to assassinate a rival and fail, for instance, your honor will decline precipitously, prompting your men to desert you or your bride to leave 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!
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Old Man H added this comment :
This is a great game, one of few I kept the original package for. I saw it's newly available on gog.com.
I loved the tactical army battle and solo home invasion game modes.
OM added this comment :
...Also, there's a game guide, FAQ and walkthru here:
...This game was a very important element of my life during the first two years after it was released. It gave me something other than Wolfenstein 3D to while away the hours while working overnights at a local TV station in the era before infomercials. I'd actually love to see someone snag the rights and come up with an updated-but-still-retro version of it, especially with today's FPS expectations, but naaah. It'll never happen :)
OM added this comment :
...The manual for this has been scanned, and can be found here:
...There *once* was a game editor released about 1991 that allowed you to not only change character stats, but let you change some of the names in the game. A version with NPC names changed to "Sukicoki" or "Imahomo" was floating around the old BBS pirate sections for a while, but who knows where that one finally wound up. 5.25" Floppy Hell, probably.
Dan added this comment :
This is fuckin gold. Take it while its still there.:)
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Roman added this comment :
Fantastic game, one of the best ever of capturing this era. Many games like the more recent Total War series by Electronic Arts have updated the epic battles of feudal Japan, but no game has captured the rise from disappointing retainer to Samurai Lord better than this game.
I've downloaded the .zip file and unzipped it, and downloaded D-Fend. However I can't seem to identify an .exe file. Which one is it?s
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