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It is 16th century Japan and you are one of two ninja employed by Lord Gohda, an uniquely compassionate samurai lord. As either Rikimaru or Ayame, you must proceed through your assigned quests, at first dispatching the amoral and unsavory folk in your lord's domain. As the game progresses, you will come face to face with greater threats from tengu goblins and oni demons.

A full 3D game in the Tomb Raider spirit, Tenchu focuses on stealth and attacking unseen over straight action. Not being spotted leads to higher scores and better equipment. To aid in this, you can not only creep about and hug walls, but also use your grappling hook.

Scenery is diverse, from Japanese castles to mountain retreats, each with their own types of opponents and soundtrack. Game engine cutscenes push the story forward, which various slightly for each of the two ninja.


Tenchu: Stealth Assassins PlayStation Some bodyguards that let their guard down.
Tenchu: Stealth Assassins PlayStation Something wicked this way comes.
Tenchu: Stealth Assassins PlayStation Meow (Rittai Ninja Katsugeki Tenchū)
Tenchu: Stealth Assassins PlayStation Deep sleep... (Rittai Ninja Katsugeki Tenchū)

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Alternate Titles

  • "立体忍者活劇 天誅 忍凱旋" -- Japanese re-release spelling
  • "立体忍者活劇 天誅" -- Japanese spelling
  • "天诛" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "Rittai Ninja Katsugeki Tenchū: Shinobi-Gaisen" -- Japanese re-release title
  • "Rittai Ninja Katsugeki Tenchū" -- Japanese title

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User Reviews

Very simple stealth game. hribek (41) 3.43 Stars3.43 Stars3.43 Stars3.43 Stars3.43 Stars

Critic Reviews

Game Revolution Sep 01, 1998 A 100
IGN Sep 18, 1998 9 out of 10 90
Freak Dec, 1998 90 out of 100 90
GameSurge 1998 90 out of 100 90
Darkstation 1998 9 out of 10 90
Video Games Oct, 1998 89 out of 100 89
CyberGames Sep 28, 1998 8.5 out of 10 85 Jan 16, 2005 7.6 out of 10 76 Apr 12, 2011 15 out of 20 75
GameGenie 1998 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60


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Actor Sho Kosugi, who became famous during the 80's for making tons of ninja movies, and his son Kane Kosugi did the motion capture for Rikimaru and Onikage respectively.

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Ray Soderlund (3571) added Tenchu: Stealth Assassins (PlayStation) on Apr 03, 2001