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In a 16th century Japan suffering from rebellions and civil disorder, a powerful sorcerer seeks to gain ultimate power from an evil god and become unquestioned ruler.

Player characters Ayame and Rikimaru complete several missions for their master Lord Gohda in an attempt to bring peace to Japan, and eventually defeat the evil Lord Tenrai. A third player character, Tesshu, is a doctor by day and freelance assassin for justice by night. After completing Ayame and Rikimaru's quest, the player can guide Tesshu through a handful of missions and see Japan from his perspective.

The name of the game is stealth and the player is rewarded for playing the game without being seen and executing "stealth kills" by being given access to bonus weapons and items. Conversely, to attack head-on is cumbersome and unrewarding.

Tenchu: Return From Darkness also features 6 2-player co-op missions (where players can select from the three main player characters) and a versus mode that includes 20 characters, including enemies and bosses. The 2 player mode is available as split-screen or via network play.

The game is an enhanced port of Tenchu: Wrath of Heaven which adds a number of new features:
  • Two new single player missions for each character
  • Online play
  • Body dragging
  • Continue function (in easy mode)
  • Pause Menu
  • 16:9 widescreen display (in PSP version)


Tenchu: Return from Darkness Xbox Mifuyu vs. Kagura in an Xbox Live VS. game on the Battleground stage. Boss characters like these are unlocked as you progress through single player.
Tenchu: Return from Darkness Xbox Rikimaru and Tesshu perform a dual stealth kill in an Xbox Live co-op game.
Tenchu: Return from Darkness Xbox Ayame (dressed in her Ninja Armor) performing a stealth kill on an enemy Kunoichi in Gohda Castle.
Tenchu: Return from Darkness Xbox Rikimaru has been spotted and is fighitng a police officer in Through The Portal. The officer has deflected the swing of Rikimaru's sword with his baton.

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Alternate Titles

  • "Tenchu: Regreso desde las Tinieblas" -- Spanish title
  • "Tenchu: Le Retour des Ténèbres" -- French title

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User Reviews

There's nothing quite as satisfying as a good stealth kill.... Xbox Mike Hanson (288)

Critic Reviews

GameZone Xbox Mar 09, 2004 8.1 out of 10 81 Xbox Sep 24, 2004 8 out of 10 80 Xbox Apr 01, 2004 75 out of 100 75 Xbox May 04, 2004 75 out of 100 75
Extreme Gamer Xbox Mar 25, 2004 7 out of 10 70
IGN Xbox Mar 09, 2004 7 out of 10 70
Daily Game Xbox Apr 18, 2004 6.8 out of 10 68 Xbox Mar 15, 2004 13 out of 20 65
GameSpy Xbox Mar 26, 2004 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60 (UK) Xbox Apr 06, 2004 6 out of 10 60


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The only differences between Tenchu: Return from Darkness and Tenchu: Wrath of Heaven are graphical enhancements and online multiplayer.
Contributed to by sabi shii (86) and 雷堂嬢太朗 -raido.jotaro- (58364)