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Reiner Knizia's Samurai

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Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Feb 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.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 1.5.3


Release November 7, 2008
Date Added December 8, 2003
Version 1.5.3

Operating Systems

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


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Developer's Description

Reiner Knizia's Samurai is a turn - based strategy game of balance and conquest. Set in pre - unification Japan, the objective is to become sovereign by securing influence within three feudal castes through careful placement of your resources, while thwarting your opponents' efforts to do the same. Samurai is an adaptation of the traditional board game of the same name. Although all the computer game design and interface elements are original, the fundamental gameplay rules and strategy are true to the board game.
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