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At the end of First Samurai, the Demon King was able to flee back in time to ancient Japan, so our hero follows him back in time, and has 10 levels awaiting him. Unlike the original, each world is split into sub-levels, with a boss at the end of each one, emphasising the arcade side of the gameplay, which still combines hacking and slashing with puzzle-solving.

As in the first game, you start without weaponry but can pick up swords and daggers as you progress through the levels. There are lots of hidden sections as you progress, which open up more of the end sequence to you, as well as several subgames including a shoot 'em up mode.


Second Samurai Genesis I don't know what I'm riding, but I need to catch the vases.
Second Samurai Genesis This chain of fireballs reminds me of Contra.
Second Samurai Genesis Lost a life
Second Samurai Genesis The second boss is another dragon.

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Alternate Titles

  • "The Second Samurai" -- Mega Drive in-game title

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Critic Reviews

Amiga Format Amiga Dec, 1993 91 out of 100 91
Amiga Dream Amiga Jan, 1994 90 out of 100 90
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Amiga Dec, 1993 89 out of 100 89
CU Amiga Amiga Dec, 1993 83 out of 100 83
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Amiga Feb, 1994 10 out of 12 83
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Genesis Jan, 1995 9 out of 12 75
Play Time Amiga Mar, 1994 68 out of 100 68
Power Play Amiga Apr, 1994 67 out of 100 67
Video Games Genesis Dec, 1994 58 out of 100 58
Play Time Genesis Nov, 1994 48 out of 100 48


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