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Kenseiden (SEGA Master System)

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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 Also watch out for boulders
Kenseiden SEGA Master System Flying skulls
Kenseiden SEGA Master System Get the scroll to upgrade your power
Kenseiden SEGA Master System "It's certainly hot here"

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Alternate Titles

  • "剣聖伝" -- Japanese spelling

User Reviews

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

Critic Reviews

Shin Force Jan 28, 2001 9.2 out of 10 92 Jul 12, 2008 9 out of 10 90
The Games Machine (UK) Dec, 1988 86 out of 100 86
GamesCollection Dec 07, 2007 8.5 out of 10 85
Game Freaks 365 Jun 10, 2005 8.4 out of 10 84
neXGam Dec 31, 2011 8.2 out of 10 82
IGN Feb 01, 2008 7 out of 10 70
Power Play Jan, 1989 69 out of 100 69
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Jan, 1989 5 out of 12 42
The Video Game Critic Mar 02, 2010 D+ 33


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Katakis | カタキス (40582) added Kenseiden (SEGA Master System) on Jun 23, 2004