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In a 16th century Japan suffering from rebellions and civil disorder, a powerful sorcerer seeks to gain ultimate power from an evil god and become unquestioned ruler.

Player characters Ayame and Rikimaru complete several missions for their master Lord Gohda in an attempt to bring peace to Japan, and eventually defeat the evil Lord Tenrai. A third player character, Tesshu, is a doctor by day and freelance assassin for justice by night. After completing Ayame and Rikimaru's quest, the player can guide Tesshu through a handful of missions and see Japan from his perspective.

The name of the game is stealth and the player is rewarded for playing the game without being seen and executing "stealth kills" by being given access to bonus weapons and items. Conversely, to attack head-on is cumbersome and unrewarding.

Tenchu: Return From Darkness also features 6 2-player co-op missions (where players can select from the three main player characters) and a versus mode that includes 20 characters, including enemies and bosses. The 2 player mode is available as split-screen or via network play.

The game is an enhanced port of Tenchu: Wrath of Heaven which adds a number of new features:
  • Two new single player missions for each character
  • Online play
  • Body dragging
  • Continue function (in easy mode)
  • Pause Menu
  • 16:9 widescreen display (in PSP version)


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Promo Images

Tenchu: Return from Darkness Render
Tenchu: Return from Darkness Render
Tenchu: Return from Darkness Screenshot
Tenchu: Return from Darkness Screenshot

Alternate Titles

  • "Tenchu: Regreso desde las Tinieblas" -- Spanish title
  • "Tenchu: Le Retour des Ténèbres" -- French title

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User Reviews

There's nothing quite as satisfying as a good stealth kill.... Xbox Mike Hanson (312)

Critic Reviews Xbox Sep 24, 2004 8 out of 10 80 Xbox Apr 01, 2004 75 out of 100 75 Xbox May 04, 2004 75 out of 100 75
Game Informer Magazine Xbox Apr, 2004 7.25 out of 10 72
GamePro (US) Xbox Mar 23, 2004 3.5 out of 5 70
IGN Xbox Mar 09, 2004 7 out of 10 70
Extreme Gamer Xbox Mar 25, 2004 7 out of 10 70
Daily Game Xbox Apr 18, 2004 6.8 out of 10 68 Xbox Mar 15, 2004 13 out of 20 65 (UK) Xbox Apr 06, 2004 6 out of 10 60


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The only differences between Tenchu: Return from Darkness and Tenchu: Wrath of Heaven are graphical enhancements and online multiplayer.
Contributed to by sabi shii (74) and 雷堂嬢太朗 -raido.jotaro- (60637)