Samurai: Way of the Warrior

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Christopher Healy, Common Sense Media
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Stunning graphics seeped in buckets of blood and gore.

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Ease of Play

Attacking with finger swipes is easy on a basic level, but learning the various combos can take some time.


Blood stains the screen in almost every second of this game. Your samurai hero slices and dices enemies with body parts flying and blood spraying in gushes. Pools of blood grow on the ground and spatter on the screen. With the right moves, he can literally slice enemies in two -- cleaving their bodies into separate pieces that will fall apart from one another, revealing entrails.


The story (told in still-scene drawings in the iPhone version and in a far more in-depth comic book style in the iPad version) features scantily clad women and the suggestions of sex. This is all more frequent in the iPad version, which has a more detailed plot.


The iPad version (Samurai: Way of the Warrior HD), which has a comic-book style story, features some mild swear words.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Samurai: Way of the Warrior is an incredibly violent and gory game that is in no way appropriate for children. The dramatic and intense storyline has mature themes and tragic events (this plot is detailed far more in the iPad version called Samurai: Way of the Warrior HD, as the iPhone version is dialogue-free). And the action is beyond brutal, making Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill series look like Disney flicks by comparison.

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Adult Written byHenriquedamasce... January 12, 2021
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Is it any good?

SAMURAI: WAY OF THE WARRIOR is without doubt, a great game. Especially on the iPad (Samurai: Way of the Warrior HD), where the high-definition graphics are amazing, the controls are smooth and natural-feeling, and the comic book story sequences are in themselves pretty awesome. But the blood! It would be hard to find a game with more spashes of red. The intensity of the violence and gore -- torsos cleaved in half, darkening pools of blood that remain on the ground long after the death of the villain who bled them -- actually feels like it diminishes a bit of the game's quality. There's such beautiful imagery in this game that bathing it all in blood feels like a disservice to the artist. Still, if you can get past the extreme violence and bloodshed, Samurai is, as stated above, a great game.

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