Parents' Guide to

Muramasa: The Demon Blade

By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Artsy Japanese platformer with mature themes.

Game Nintendo Wii 2009
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Muramasa's primary attraction is its presentation. Its hand-drawn design is both unique and beautiful, and lends the experience a grace and elegance typically absent in most hack ‘n' slash games. The traditional Japanese narrative, which doesn't shy away from difficult metaphysical subjects, helps immerse players even more in this compelling fantasy world.

If only the action was as innovative as the art. Players hop around environmental platforms (in the form of, say, tree branches), collect various items (such as wispy spirits), and hack at our enemies in a variety of ways by pressing buttons and tilting the control stick this way and that. The mechanics are polished and the play is fun, but it feels downright quaint next to the game's wholly fresh visuals. Muramasa is unlikely to disappoint, but it could have been even better.

Game Details

  • Platform: Nintendo Wii
  • Available online?: Not available online
  • Publisher: Ignition Entertainment
  • Release date: September 11, 2009
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • ESRB rating: T for Alcohol Reference, Fantasy Violence, Suggestive Themes
  • Last updated: August 31, 2016

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