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Reiner Knizia's Samurai

Editors' Review

by   / February 27, 2009

As far as board games adapted for the computer go, this one makes all the right moves. Based on the German game of the same name, Reiner Knizia s Samurai is a PC gem, with attractive graphics, detailed and integrated help, and a natural control system.

In Samurai, you try to gain the most political power among the cities of pre-unification Japan by acquiring support from religious leaders, nobility, and peasants. Players take turns placing influence tiles near cities that affect one or more of the main three groups. Tiles are drawn in random order, so some luck is involved, but strategy rules the day as well-played special tiles generally decide the winner.

Samurai does what every good adapted board game should: teaches new players quickly, speeds up gameplay, adds online play, and maintains the feel of the original game. The lack of a running score is a small annoyance, but a long learning curve ensures strong replay value.

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Editors' Review

by   / February 27, 2009

As far as board games adapted for the computer go, this one makes all the right moves. Based on the German game of the same name, Reiner Knizia s Samurai is a PC gem, with attractive graphics, detailed and integrated help, and a natural control system.

In Samurai, you try to gain the most political power among the cities of pre-unification Japan by acquiring support from religious leaders, nobility, and peasants. Players take turns placing influence tiles near cities that affect one or more of the main three groups. Tiles are drawn in random order, so some luck is involved, but strategy rules the day as well-played special tiles generally decide the winner.

Samurai does what every good adapted board game should: teaches new players quickly, speeds up gameplay, adds online play, and maintains the feel of the original game. The lack of a running score is a small annoyance, but a long learning curve ensures strong replay value.

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Full Specifications

General

Publisher Klear Games
Publisher web site http://www.klear.com/
Release Date December 08, 2003
Date Added December 08, 2003
Version 1.5.3

Category

Category Games
Subcategory Strategy Games

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows 95/98/Me/NT/2000/XP
Additional Requirements None

Download Information

File Size 21.71MB
File Name samurai-1.5.3.exe

Popularity

Total Downloads 32,061
Downloads Last Week 2

Pricing

License Model Free to try
Limitations 80-day trial, no advanced gameplay
Price $19.95
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