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Lords of the Rising Sun

Genre
Perspective
MobyRank MobyScore
Amiga
81
4.3
CD-i
...
2.8
Sharp X68000
...
...
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Description

Japan, 12th century. After your father has been murdered, you set out on a quest to become Shogun to restore the honor of your family.

You'll have to defeat all your enemies - including your brother.

Most of the time, you'll move your troops through the big map of Japan - as soon as something happens, you'll have to fight your enemies in action sequences, such as a Gauntlet-like fortress attack or defending against a Ninja assassin. If two troops collide, a battle might ensue in which you'll have to use all your strategical wits to guide your men to victory.

In the CD-i version the informative sequences include life actor FMVs and voice acting as well as new background art.

Screenshots

Lords of the Rising Sun TurboGrafx CD Choose your character
Lords of the Rising Sun TurboGrafx CD You actually can perform a seppuku ("harakiri") in this game, at any time. It will be Game Over, of course. Gaming suicide!
Lords of the Rising Sun Sharp X68000 Start of the game
Lords of the Rising Sun Amiga Attacking a castle. Note the sun on top of the screen that indicates the condition of the leader. If the sun is down, he is dead.

Alternate Titles

  • "Rising Sun" -- Japanese title
  • "ライジング・サン" -- Japanese spelling

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The Press Says

CU Amiga Amiga Jun, 1989 94 out of 100 94
The One Amiga Apr, 1989 90 out of 100 90
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Amiga Jun, 1989 90 out of 100 90
The Games Machine (UK) Amiga Jul, 1989 86 out of 100 86
ST/Amiga Format Amiga Jun, 1989 84 out of 100 84
Zzap! Amiga Jul, 1989 80 out of 100 80
TurboPlay TurboGrafx CD Jun, 1992 8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars 80
Amiga Joker Amiga May, 1993 74 out of 100 74
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Amiga Oct, 1990 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
The CD-i Collective CD-i 2004 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60

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Trivia

Bob Jacobs about Lords of the Rising Sun

In 1991, Cinemaware boss Bob Jacob admits the game's pace is too slow. He said it is a game you "spend twelve hours getting involved with the game", which is a problem if a player does only have one hour. (Source: Amiga Power #7, 1991/11)

Awards

  • Power Play
    • Issue 01/1990 - #3 Best Strategy Game in 1989

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