Parents' Guide to

Tenchu: Shadow Assassins

By Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Graphic ninja action delivers -- but only for adult gamers.

Game Nintendo Wii 2009
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 1 parent review

age 12+

fine for mature tweens, but only if 12 and up

I got this for my 11 year old and found it was too violent I waited a year and found at that age they could handle the violence. This game is fine for anyone 12 and up.

This title has:

Educational value
Great role models

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (1):
Kids say (4):

If you can get past some camera issues, "clipping" problems (where your character might lose half his or her body in a wall or item) and no multiplayer modes, this game delivers the goods -- but not for the faint of heart. You can take out unsuspecting enemies one by one with your trusty sword (by mastering various offensive and defensive moves with the "katana"), tossing throwing stars ("shuriken") from across the room, or lobbing a small bomb, called "Ghostmakers." Players will gain access to nearly 20 historical weapons and other items. Kudos to the developers at Acquire, who worked on the original Tenchu, for integrating the Wii's wireless and motion-sensing controls so effectively. But some parents might feel it's too realistic.

Along with the 10 main missions -- which you can replay at anytime to increase your rank -- you'll also be able to unlock a few dozen extra assignments, training exercises, and side-quests, all of which are available from the main menu. If stealthy ninja action sounds appealing to you then don't hesitate to take a stab at the gratifying Tenchu: Shadow Assassins.

Game Details

  • Platform: Nintendo Wii
  • Available online?: Not available online
  • Publisher: UbiSoft
  • Release date: February 10, 2009
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • ESRB rating: M for Blood, Suggestive Themes, Violence
  • Last updated: November 4, 2015

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