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Like a superb blade, beautiful in its simple effectiveness Ray Soderlund (3576) 3.75 Stars3.75 Stars3.75 Stars3.75 Stars3.75 Stars
One of the best Samurai games ever! Salim Farhat (73) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
This is why Sid Meier is one of the greats. The best game about Samurai ever. kyuzo (21) 4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars
Comprehensive, yet simple and fun! M B (18) 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars
Pure Samurai Entertainment! Righteous Fire (3) unrated
Gettysburg meets Pirates Tony Van (2855) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars

Our Users Say

Category Description User Score
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work and the game plays. 4.2
Graphics The visual quality of the game 3.6
Personal Slant A personal rating of the game, regardless of other attributes 4.5
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.1
Overall User Score (37 votes) 3.9


Critic Reviews

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90
It is the joining of all the sub-games, political intrigue and economic management that makes this game so enthralling. Add that lot to MicroProse's usual dedication to realism - the result of honest research - and you get a game that will prove totally addictive.
86
There's so much to do in Samurai that it will be a long time before you've exhausted its possibilities: you can explore, conquer, wage wars, acquire honour, marry and reach a state of appeasement with your rivals, each action comprising a complex sub-set of other actions. The only real trouble is the disk access time (very frustrating, but not too onerous on a hard disk) and the poor visual presentation. With those aspects up to scratch it would have been a serious gameplayer's dream.
81
Samurai is well worth persevering with: it's just a shame that the graphics and presentation couldn't have matched the depth and subtlety of the gameplay.
80
The unification of Japan as seen by MicroProse. In the same vein as Pirates, the game was not as successful, although game play, historical research and game atmosphere are near perfect. Duels, melee sequences and set-piece battles characterize this Oriental oeuvre.
80
Power Play (Feb, 1990)
Wer erinnert sich nicht an die Zeit, als Omas, MĂŒtter und Tanten voller Sehnsucht schmachtend den Fernseher einschalteten, um Richard Chamberlain in der Serie "Shogun" zu bewundern. Diejenigen von Euch, die sich weniger von dem smarten Hauptdarsteller als von dem farbenprĂ€chtigen Ambiente des japanischen Mittelalters angezogen fĂŒhlen, dĂŒrfen sich auf "Sword of the Samurai" von Microprose freuen. Das Action-Simulations-Spektakel um Samurais, Schwerter, LĂ€ndereien, Ruhm und Ehre ist das offizielle Nachfolge-Programm zum Simulationshit "Pirates".
77
Aufgrund des fesselnden Spielablaufes wĂŒrde ich ohne Zögern den ASM-Hitstern zĂŒckken. Wenn man sich allerdings die leider nur mittelprĂ€chtige Grafik vor Augen hĂ€lt, so kann meine abschließende Kritik zu MICRPROSE‘ SWORD OF THE SAMURAI leider nur noch „befriedigend bis gut“ ausfallen. Allenfalls erhalten die „CGAler“ einen spitzenmĂ€ĂŸiges Programm. Schade!
70
»Sword of the Samurai« ist ein gut gemachtes Gemisch aus Taktik-, Action- und ein bißchen Rollenspiel. Die Grafik ist alten japanischen Tuschezeichnungen in Stil und Farbgebung nachempfunden worden. Die Steuerung ist denkbar einfach und selbst in den Actionsequenzen, in denen Sie per Schwerthieb Ihre Ehre verteidigen mĂŒssen, per Tastatur gut spielbar. Aber auch Strategiefreunde werden ordentlich bedient. Stehen sich zwei Armeen gegenĂŒber, dĂŒrfen Sie per Knopfdruck die einzelnen Einheiten aus der Vogelperspektive in die gĂŒnstigen Positionen bringen. Shogun zu werden ist allerdings nicht allzu schwer. Hat man es einmal geschafft, lĂ€ĂŸt die Motivation deutlich nach, das Programm erneut durchzuspielen.
55
Tilt (Mar, 1990)
Les scĂšnes d'action en vue aĂ©rienne style Gauntlet sont bien trop lassantes. En revanche, les combats entre samourai sont plus intĂ©ressants, mĂȘme si je vous conseille, dans le genre, le cĂ©lĂšbre Budokan ! Finalement, Sword of Samurai s'Ă©parpille un peu trop Ă  mon sens. Il touche Ă  tous les styles, mais n'est vraiment convaincant dans aucun d'eux.
 
Sword of the Samurai is more than an action/adventure. It not only offers enough divergent streams of opportunity and destiny to insure replayability, but provides enough different gaming styles and venues to beckon many styles of gamers into its web of intrigue, warfare and honor. It may seem to be a mere compendium of mini-games, but (to paraphrase Sartre) the gameplay is not the sum of what is included but the totality of what may be experienced. As noted earlier, Sword of the Samurai has a zen of its own.


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