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In Tenchu: Dark Secret, you play as Rikimaru or Ayame, two ninja who must protect a princess in feudal Japan. They do this through a variety of missions where they must sneak through areas unseen by guards and assassinate targets, which frequently takes the form of boss fights along with other types of missions, such as defense. Unlike the other games in the series, this is played from a top-down perspective.

The top screen serves as the main gameplay area where you see your character, environment, enemies, etc. It also has your chi meter which tells you how close the nearest enemy is and whether they detect you. The lower screen is used for the map, selecting items, and for stealth kill animations which are played when you strike an enemy that hasn't seen you.

Items including series staples like mines, throwing stars and rice balls and include a new trap combo bonus for doing things like using a mine to blow an enemy into another trap.


Tenchu: Dark Secret Nintendo DS Approaching the enemy.
Tenchu: Dark Secret Nintendo DS Title screen.
Tenchu: Dark Secret Nintendo DS Character selection.
Tenchu: Dark Secret Nintendo DS Menu screen (after completing the first mission).

Promo Images

Tenchu: Dark Secret Render
Tenchu: Dark Secret Logo
Tenchu: Dark Secret Screenshot
Tenchu: Dark Secret Screenshot

Alternate Titles

  • "Tenchu: Dark Shadow" -- Japanese title

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Critic Reviews Apr 02, 2007 55.5 out of 100 56
Gamebrink May 10, 2006 48 out of 100 48
GameSpot Aug 25, 2006 4.3 out of 10 43
Deeko Aug 24, 2006 4 out of 10 40 Dec 05, 2006 39 out of 100 39
IGN Aug 28, 2006 3.5 out of 10 35 Dec 06, 2006 5 out of 20 25
Gamekult Dec 11, 2006 2 out of 10 20
Modojo Sep 06, 2006 1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars 20
Thunderbolt Games May 24, 2006 2 out of 10 20


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This was an EBGames/GameStop Exclusive in the US.
Ace of Sevens (4471) added Tenchu: Dark Secret (Nintendo DS) on Mar 11, 2007