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In Kenseiden, you play Hayato, a fearless samurai warrior. You must get back the stolen swords and scrolls, and defeat the evil waiting in the Black Castle!

Kenseiden is a one-player game that comprises of sixteen levels. Each of the levels are side-scrolling, with bamboo houses or dark, haunted caves as their backdrop. These levels see Hayato beseigned by ghosts, skeletons, and other spirits of the supernatural. On his side is his curved sword, which he can swish at will against the monsters. If Hayato comes in contact with a monster, he will lose some life.

At the end of each level, you will have to fight a warlock or one of their henchmen. More often than not, there is a hut with a sealed door, but the door is not unlocked unless a warlock or henceman is defeated. You gain a new special power whenever you recover a scroll from them. These special powers range from high jumping to the ability to whirl your sword around like a windmill.


Kenseiden SEGA Master System Boss
Kenseiden SEGA Master System Another boss
Kenseiden SEGA Master System Nice weather here
Kenseiden SEGA Master System Someone actually died out here in the cold

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Alternate Titles

  • "剣聖伝" -- Japanese spelling
  • "Hwarang-ui Geom" -- Korean title

User Reviews

Not bad, but way too hard! Katharian Berg (19) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars

Critic Reviews

VideoGame Apr, 1991 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Shin Force Jan 28, 2001 9.2 out of 10 92
The Games Machine (UK) Dec, 1988 86 out of 100 86
Pixel-Heroes.de Mar, 2004 8 out of 10 80
Joystick (German) Feb, 1989 7.5 out of 10 75
IGN Feb 01, 2008 7 out of 10 70
VideoGame Oct, 1991 7 out of 10 70
Sega Pro (UK) Apr, 1993 64 out of 100 64
Sega-16.com May 01, 2019 6 out of 10 60
The Video Game Critic Mar 02, 2010 D+ 33


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Katakis | カタキス (43222) added Kenseiden (SEGA Master System) on Jun 23, 2004
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