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Sword of the Samurai

DOS - 1989

Alt name
Sword of the Samurai: A Quest For Honor In Feudal Japan
Year
1989
Platform
DOS
Genre
Action, Strategy
Theme
Interactive Fiction with Graphics, Real-Time
Publisher
MicroProse Software, Inc.
Developer
MPS Labs
Perspective
3rd-Person
4.04 / 5 - 23 votes

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!

Review By HOTUD

Comments and reviews

#10666

Old Man H added this comment on 2014-03-09 :

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.

#5884

OM added this comment on 2013-05-02 :

...Also, there's a game guide, FAQ and walkthru here:

http://www.gamefaqs.com/pc/915698-sword-of-the-samurai/faqs/37891

...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 :)

#5882

OM added this comment on 2013-05-02 :

...The manual for this has been scanned, and can be found here:

www.generalisations.com/ka/sots-manual.pdf

...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.

#4752

Dan added this comment on 2012-10-07 :

This is fuckin gold. Take it while its still there.:)

#3881

admin added this comment on 2012-07-05 :

start old.com ;)

#3873

Roman added this comment on 2012-07-04 :

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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