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Tenchu: Stealth Assassins (PlayStation)

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It is 16th century Japan and you are one of two ninja employed by Lord Gohda, an uniquely compassionate samurai lord. As either Rikimaru or Ayame, you must proceed through your assigned quests, at first dispatching the amoral and unsavory folk in your lord's domain. As the game progresses, you will come face to face with greater threats from tengu goblins and oni demons.

A full 3D game in the Tomb Raider spirit, Tenchu focuses on stealth and attacking unseen over straight action. Not being spotted leads to higher scores and better equipment. To aid in this, you can not only creep about and hug walls, but also use your grappling hook.

Scenery is diverse, from Japanese castles to mountain retreats, each with their own types of opponents and soundtrack. Game engine cutscenes push the story forward, which various slightly for each of the two ninja.


Tenchu: Stealth Assassins PlayStation Mission loading
Tenchu: Stealth Assassins PlayStation Ayame in action
Tenchu: Stealth Assassins PlayStation Oops, spotted
Tenchu: Stealth Assassins PlayStation The calm before the storm.

Alternate Titles

  • "天诛" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "Tenchu: Shinobi Gaisen" -- Japanese title

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User Reviews

Very simple stealth game. hribek (38) 3.43 Stars3.43 Stars3.43 Stars3.43 Stars3.43 Stars

The Press Says

Game Revolution Sep 01, 1998 A 100
Freak Dec, 1998 90 out of 100 90
IGN Sep 18, 1998 9 out of 10 90
Darkstation 1998 9 out of 10 90
GameSurge 1998 90 out of 100 90
Power Unlimited Oct, 1998 8.4 out of 10 84
Quebec Gamers Jun 08, 2013 7.8 out of 10 78 Jan 16, 2005 7.6 out of 10 76 Apr 12, 2011 15 out of 20 75
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault) Nov 08, 1998 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60


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Tenchu: Stealth Assassins was voted #54 in the Top 100 Games of All Time poll published by Game Informer Magazine (Issue 100, August 2001).

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Ray Soderlund (3500) added Tenchu: Stealth Assassins (PlayStation) on Apr 03, 2001