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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 WRONG (Rittai Ninja Katsugeki Tenchū: Shinobi Gaisen)
Tenchu: Stealth Assassins PlayStation Choose your ninja, Rikimaru or Ayame.
Tenchu: Stealth Assassins PlayStation "Never harm the innocent" (Rittai Ninja Katsugeki Tenchū: Shinobi Gaisen)

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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

Darkstation 1998 9 out of 10 90
Freak Dec, 1998 90 out of 100 90
IGN Sep 18, 1998 9 out of 10 90
CyberGames Sep 28, 1998 8.5 out of 10 85
Power Unlimited Oct, 1998 8.4 out of 10 84
Mega Fun Apr, 1998 79 out of 100 79
Quebec Gamers Jun 08, 2013 7.8 out of 10 78
Jeuxvideo.com Apr 12, 2011 15 out of 20 75
GameGenie 1998 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault) Nov 08, 1998 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60


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German Index

Although originally rated "Ages 16 and up", on March 31, 1999 Tenchu was put on the infamous German index by the BPjS (as published in BAnz. Nr. 62 - Liste A). For more information about what this means and to see a list of games sharing the same fate, take a look at: BPjS/BPjM indexed games.

Involvement of Sho Kosugi

Japanese actor and martial artist Sho Kosugi is responsible for the main character Rikimarus motion capture, as well as providing all of his Japanese voice work. His son Kane Kosugi was also involved, but as to which capacity, official accounts vary: Shos official bio states that Kane provided the motion capture for the second main character Ayame, although in the games closing credits, he is only credited with providing the motion capture for the antagonist character Onikage.

While this fact is virtually unknown in the west - other than for astute readers of the games credits - it was heavily promoted in its native Japan, going so far as to even include a pretty rare "Making Of"-CD with snippets of the motion capture sessions as a special bonus to people who pre-ordered the original Japanese release in early 1998.


Tenchu: Stealth Assassins was voted #54 in the Top 100 Games of All Time poll published by Game Informer Magazine (Issue 100, August 2001).

Pirate release

Before the U.S. (text and voices in English) version was released, there were some pirate copies of the Japanese version circulating with the title 'Ninja Condemned By God' printed on the booklet cover. There are some differences between the U.S. and Japanese versions; one example is the animated sequence for the first boss and his bodyguard.

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Ray Soderlund (3576) added Tenchu: Stealth Assassins (PlayStation) on Apr 03, 2001
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