History VideoGame / SwordOfTheSamurai

27th Aug '16 9:11:01 PM theduck87
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*** You refuse to commit seppuku when ordered or if you try to rebel and fail, since the result of either of those is that [[GameOver everyone in your family also dies]] - [[KillEmAll EVERYONE]]

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*** You refuse to commit seppuku when ordered or if you try to rebel and fail, since the result of either of those is that [[GameOver everyone in your family also dies]] - [[KillEmAll EVERYONE]]EVERYONE.]]
27th Aug '16 9:10:42 PM theduck87
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** If you have a male heir, he acts as an extra life of sorts. However, see ContinuingIsPainful above: he does have lesser stats than you, since he is younger than you. Prepare to grind your stats some more. Also, having an heir won't save you if you refuse to commit seppuku when ordered or if you try to rebel and fail, since the result of either of those is that [[GameOver everyone in your family also dies]] - [[KillEmAll EVERYONE]]; nor will it help you if, when you are a daimyo, you get invaded and conquered, since you will be forced to become your conqueror's vassal.

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** If you have a male heir, he acts as an extra life of sorts. However, see ContinuingIsPainful above: he does have lesser stats than you, since he is younger than you. Prepare to grind your stats some more. Also, having an heir won't save you if you if:
*** You
refuse to commit seppuku when ordered or if you try to rebel and fail, since the result of either of those is that [[GameOver everyone in your family also dies]] - [[KillEmAll EVERYONE]]; nor will it help you if, EVERYONE]]
*** If,
when you are a daimyo, you get invaded and conquered, since you will be forced to become your conqueror's vassal.vassal.
*** Finally, see MyRulesAreNotYourRules above: if you declare yourself Shogun before conquering every province ([[InstantWinCondition which immediately gives you the game]]), all of the remaining daimyo join forces against you for one final battle. If you lose this battle, you commit seppuku, and your heir cannot take over for you.
23rd Aug '16 7:53:33 PM theduck87
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* ContinuingIsPainful: If you have an heir whose age is at least youth and you either die or retire, you can continue the game as your heir. However, the heir will have weaker stats than his predecessor, so you'll have to grind your stats some more.


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* LifeMeter: Not visible in the melee minigame; you can take one hit and keep going, although you will move more slowly. In the duel game, each combatant can take four hits before falling; this is indicated by strokes in the kanji for "life" appearing when either combatant lands a hit on his opponent; the first combatant to have his kanji completed is the loser.


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* VideoGameLives: [[AvertedTrope Averted with you as the initial samurai.]] However:
** Falling in battle does not necessarily mean dying right away - you may awake to find your wounds have been treated, although you will take an honor penalty. However, too many losses too quickly WILL kill you.
** If you have a male heir, he acts as an extra life of sorts. However, see ContinuingIsPainful above: he does have lesser stats than you, since he is younger than you. Prepare to grind your stats some more. Also, having an heir won't save you if you refuse to commit seppuku when ordered or if you try to rebel and fail, since the result of either of those is that [[GameOver everyone in your family also dies]] - [[KillEmAll EVERYONE]]; nor will it help you if, when you are a daimyo, you get invaded and conquered, since you will be forced to become your conqueror's vassal.
3rd Mar '16 8:43:42 AM Morgenthaler
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This game is usually mentioned alongside other "Microprose Combo" games such as ''VideoGame/SidMeiersPirates'', ''CovertAction'', or even ''VideoGame/{{Darklands}}'', thanks to its reliance on mini-games woven together into a role-playing/strategy macro-game. Today it is all but forgotten, though it has undoubtedly inspired several tropes in the 90's "Golden Age" of Video Games.

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This game is usually mentioned alongside other "Microprose Combo" games such as ''VideoGame/SidMeiersPirates'', ''CovertAction'', ''VideoGame/CovertAction'', or even ''VideoGame/{{Darklands}}'', thanks to its reliance on mini-games woven together into a role-playing/strategy macro-game. Today it is all but forgotten, though it has undoubtedly inspired several tropes in the 90's "Golden Age" of Video Games.
12th Feb '15 5:49:40 PM jormis29
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You can visit the master's estate and meet your rivals there, or court a sufficiently honorable maiden (who usually needs [[DamselInDistress rescuing from a bandit's lair]]). [[SpotOfTea Tea ceremonies]] will occur to improve your relations with your peers (the other samurai, who must eventually be surpassed if you want to inherit your lord's estate). Occasionally, your lord will call on your to mobilize your army, and then a real-time army-on-army battle will take place, a primitive but [[OlderThanYouThink closely-reminiscent]] version of ''Shogun: TotalWar''. You can also visit your peers' estates, and if you're in disguise, can [[StealthBasedMission break inside]] and try to dishonor them by kidnapping a family member or stealing something precious they were guarding for someone. On the flipside, your peers can also do the same thing to you - except they will come to your estate accompanied by {{Ninja}}s, making things nightmarish at best. Of course, the best thing you can do in disguise is to try to [[TheStarscream break into your own master's estate]] and assassinate him. If you're the favoured Samurai at the time, this is a sure-fire way to [[DragonAscendant inherit his estate]]!

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You can visit the master's estate and meet your rivals there, or court a sufficiently honorable maiden (who usually needs [[DamselInDistress rescuing from a bandit's lair]]). [[SpotOfTea Tea ceremonies]] will occur to improve your relations with your peers (the other samurai, who must eventually be surpassed if you want to inherit your lord's estate). Occasionally, your lord will call on your to mobilize your army, and then a real-time army-on-army battle will take place, a primitive but [[OlderThanYouThink closely-reminiscent]] version of ''Shogun: TotalWar''.''VideoGame/ShogunTotalWar''. You can also visit your peers' estates, and if you're in disguise, can [[StealthBasedMission break inside]] and try to dishonor them by kidnapping a family member or stealing something precious they were guarding for someone. On the flipside, your peers can also do the same thing to you - except they will come to your estate accompanied by {{Ninja}}s, making things nightmarish at best. Of course, the best thing you can do in disguise is to try to [[TheStarscream break into your own master's estate]] and assassinate him. If you're the favoured Samurai at the time, this is a sure-fire way to [[DragonAscendant inherit his estate]]!
26th Nov '14 8:58:32 PM Angeldeb82
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''Sword of the Samurai'' is a Video Game released by {{Microprose}} in 1990. As with many games created by that studio during the period, it was an attempt to combine basic elements of {{Action|Game}}, {{Strategy|Game}} and [[RolePlayingGame Role-Playing]] into a single game. It is set [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin in the time of the Samurai]] of Medieval Japan.

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''Sword of the Samurai'' is a Video Game released by {{Microprose}} in 1990.1989. As with many games created by that studio during the period, it was an attempt to combine basic elements of {{Action|Game}}, {{Strategy|Game}} and [[RolePlayingGame Role-Playing]] into a single game. It is set [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin in the time of the Samurai]] of Medieval Japan.
26th Nov '14 8:13:34 PM Angeldeb82
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''Sword of the Samurai'' is a Video Game released by {{Microprose}} in 1990. As with many games created by that studio during the period, it was an attempt to combine basic elements of [[ActionGame Action]], [[StrategyGame Strategy]] and [[RolePlayingGame Role-Playing]] into a single game. It is set [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin in the time of the Samurai]] of Medieval Japan.

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''Sword of the Samurai'' is a Video Game released by {{Microprose}} in 1990. As with many games created by that studio during the period, it was an attempt to combine basic elements of [[ActionGame Action]], [[StrategyGame Strategy]] {{Action|Game}}, {{Strategy|Game}} and [[RolePlayingGame Role-Playing]] into a single game. It is set [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin in the time of the Samurai]] of Medieval Japan.



* AppealToForce: [[AvertedTrope Averted]]. If your daimyo orders you to commit {{seppuku}}, you ''cannot'' solve the problem by launching a coup d'etat, even if you can get rid of him by force at any other time.

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* AppealToForce: [[AvertedTrope Averted]].{{Averted|Trope}}. If your daimyo orders you to commit {{seppuku}}, you ''cannot'' solve the problem by launching a coup d'etat, even if you can get rid of him by force at any other time.



* DamselInDistress: There's a random chance when you court a bride that they'll be kidnapped by bandits and need rescuing. Also, any time the player's wife or daughter is kidnapped would qualify.



* DistressedDamsel: There's a random chance when you court a bride that they'll be kidnapped by bandits and need rescuing. Also, any time the player's wife or daughter is kidnapped would qualify.
30th Jun '13 1:56:46 AM Ramidel
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* HonorBeforeReason: Both the player and the AI samurai may mock each other's families. The honorable way out is challenging the offending opponent to a DuelToTheDeath, and this is the option the AI players tend to take - [[ArtificialStupidity even if the player has already killed a dozen other samurai in similar duels]]. The fact that the game is set in Feudal Japan [[JustifiedTrope makes it understandable]] for characters to go to extreme lengths to protect their honor, though.
21st Jan '13 12:29:14 PM SeptimusHeap
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* AppealToForce: [[AvertedTrope Averted]]. If your daimyo orders you to commit {{seppuku}}, you ''cannot'' solve the problem by launching a coup d'etat, even if you can get rid of him by force at any other time.



* ScrewTheRulesIHaveANuke: [[AvertedTrope Averted]]. If your daimyo orders you to commit {{seppuku}}, you ''cannot'' solve the problem by launching a coup d'etat, even if you can get rid of him by force at any other time.
8th Oct '12 3:52:16 PM Ramidel
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* ScrewTheRulesIHaveANuke: [[AvertedTrope Averted]]. If your daimyo orders you to commit {{seppuku}}, you ''cannot'' solve the problem by launching a coup d'etat, even if you can get rid of him by force at any other time.
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