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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
Released in United States (1989)
Germany, United States (1990)
Genre Action, Strategy
Theme Japan (Ancient/Classical/Medieval)
Publisher MicroProse Software, Inc.
Developer MPS Labs
Perspectives 2D scrolling, Top-Down, Behind view
4.6 / 5 - 94 votes

Description of Sword of the Samurai

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

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Comments and reviews

nostalgic 2018-08-17 4 points

hi guys, especially to SYAX. where can i download this game PLEASE!???

Tron 2018-07-11 1 point

I beat this game exactly once. High replay value. You can also become a ronin if you lose honor, kidnap rival's wife and kill your rival after insulting him in his place. Playing as a bad guy is much more fun.

Syax 2018-04-05 0 point

OH MY GOD!!! i still have this game in 3/4inch floppy sat in a box of memories somewhere, loved this game so much back in the day that i couldnt bare to get rid of it. have not played this in years until now...Thanks so much, i love this site :D

Dei Sicarius 2018-03-07 1 point

I have this game in a zip file and emailed these guys to offer it up for download.

MadBomber 2017-02-17 1 point

I own this game along with necromancer, my two favorites. There is a problem tho, No download button. Thank you abandon ware for necromancer but I still need this game too.
God Bless all!

Ace 2016-11-15 1 point

Spent many hours before class began playing this game on the green cursor screen and floppy disk, a awesome game!!!

Wayne 2016-03-17 0 point

This was a great game. I spent many hours playing this one back in the day. Reminded me of Defender of the Crown in Japanese setting, but better all around. Much more immersive with all the feudal Japan culture, and a lot more to do. Tons of replay value.

mark 2015-08-31 0 point

would like to try play this again but no download link :(

Koei junkie 2015-04-26 0 point DOS version

Looks good but it's not actually here :/ Download link please?

NeedHelp 2014-09-22 0 point DOS version

Hi guys! This game is looking good but, how can I run it on Windows 7 x64?

Old Man H 2014-03-09 0 point DOS version

This is a great game, one of few I kept the original package for. I saw it's newly available on

I loved the tactical army battle and solo home invasion game modes.

OM 2013-05-02 0 point DOS version

...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 2013-05-02 0 point DOS version

...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 2012-10-07 0 point DOS version

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

admin 2012-07-05 -1 point DOS version

start ;)

Roman 2012-07-04 1 point DOS version

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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