Lords of the Rising Sun

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TurboGrafx CD
Sharp X68000
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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.


Lords of the Rising Sun TurboGrafx CD You can pursue the enemy general in a platform-like action sequence!
Lords of the Rising Sun Amiga Title screen.
Lords of the Rising Sun TurboGrafx CD Examining your troops
Lords of the Rising Sun Sharp X68000 The battle has begun

Alternate Titles

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

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The One Amiga Apr, 1989 90 out of 100 90
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Amiga Jun, 1989 90 out of 100 90
ST/Amiga Format Amiga Jun, 1989 84 out of 100 84
Power Play Amiga Apr, 1989 82 out of 100 82
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
Video Games TurboGrafx CD Nov, 1992 4 out of 5 80
Amiga Joker Amiga May, 1993 74 out of 100 74
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Amiga Jul, 1989 703 out of 1000 70
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Amiga Oct, 1990 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60


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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)


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

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