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  • genre Action / Strategy / Historical
  • download size 16 MB
    ~19 min
  • avg. user rating from 93 user ratings.
  • release date January 1, 1989
  • compatible with Windows (XP, Vista, 7, 8) and Mac OS X (10.7 or newer) and Linux (Ubuntu 14.04, Mint 17)
  • languages English
  • developer / publisher MicroProse / Tommo
  • game modes Single-player
  • Bonus content included for FREE with purchase:
  • manual
  • map
  • technical supplement

What's cool about it:

  • Unite all 48 warring provinces in common allegiance to you, and earn the title of Shogun, military ruler of all Japan.
  • Computer-controlled opponents make decisions based on your actions -- and on the actions of other rival characters.
  • Vindicate yourself in duels against rivals who would like nothing better than to diminish your Honor.
  • Furious melee action against multiple warriors takes place in castles, villages and rice paddies.
  • Real-time battles involving infantry, cavalry and muskets on battlefields that vary with every conflict.


Enter Japan in the Age of Warring States. At the center of this role-playing, action-adventure simulation of combat, statesmanship and intrigue, you are a samurai warrior struggling for Honor. More important than life itself, Honor is crucial to achieving your ultimate goal: unifying the country under your noble rule.

In Sword of the Samurai, you will be part of the culture of feudal Japan, and you must learn to live by its rules. To succeed as a samurai, you must think like the samurai. Learn when to leave your sword in its sheath, when to draw it - and what to do with it once it’s drawn. You will fight duels, lead troops on the battlefields, and defend your family against assassins and kidnappers. If you are courageous and honorable, you may advance to become the head of your clan, and warlord of your province. If you master diplomacy and generalship, and outmaneuver your rivals, you may even become Shogun - absolute ruler of Japan. But remember that in all cultures power corrupts - and those who seek absolute power don’t always play by the rules.

Minimum system requirements: Windows XP / Vista / 7 / 8, 1.8 GHz Processor, 512MB RAM (1 GB recommended), 3D graphics card compatible with DirectX 7 (compatible with DirectX 9 recommended), 2 GB HDD, Mouse, Keyboard.
Minimum system requirements (Mac): OS X 10.7.0 or later. Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo 2GHz+ Memory: 1 GB of RAM Graphics: 64 MB of video memory Recommended two-button mouse, or Apple mouse with Secondary Button / Secondary Click enabled.
Minimum system requirements (Linux): Ubuntu 14.04, Linux Mint 17, Processor: 2.0 GHz, Memory: 1 GB RAM, Graphics: 256 MB VRAM, OpenGL compatible

All user reviews:

User reviews:

This is where "Shogun Total War" came from

Posted on 2014-03-06 06:25:06 bykarnak1's avatarkarnak1:

One of the most forgotten strategy masterpieces of gaming history.
This is the spiritual father of the "Shogun Total War" series.
Almost everything that is part of TW is here. Real-Time combats, management of family lineage through generations. The only thing lacking is the action parts (sword combat and infiltration).
A real muts-buy for every strategy fan and japanese historyread more enthusiast, if you don't mind the 16-color graphics.
One of the best "Sengoku" games ever.

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Extremely fun game marred by awkward actiony sequences

Posted on 2014-03-06 09:24:01 bysuejak's avatarsuejak:

Back in the early days, Sid Meier cut his teeth with roguelikes. Pirates!, Covert Action, Sword of the Samurai -- games where you start from random humble beginnings and have to make your name step by step.
Sword of the Samurai is one of those games. Highly recommended to fans of Pirates!, Covert Action, Faster Than Light, or any other strategic/tactical roguelike.
The onlyread more downside is that the game is FULL of actiony minigames, some of which are really fun and some of which are just hard to control and understand. Your success will largely be decided by your performance in these minigames. But they're not so bad as to badly damage the overall fun of the game.
Highly recommended!

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My most played game from 90-92

Posted on 2014-03-06 07:17:45 bystutzjon's avatarstutzjon:

I loved this game fiercely back in my early teens. This game could easily have been designed by Sid Meier(in fact I think he did design some of the samurai duel mini game). Pirates was/is a fantastic game but this is the one that I kept coming back to and enjoyed just ever so slightly more. The art in this game really creates a feeling of feudal japan and immerses you deeply inread more the experience in the quest to become a shogun. Unlike the reviewer before me, I actually loved the action mini games especially the infiltration and seeing the rice paddies turn crimson with the blood of my enemies!!! So glad GOG released this.

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