Freeware Garden: Shogun Assassin

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Itto and Diagoro Ogami, a heavily pixelated father-son team, can’t handle grief particularly well and have set out to avenge Ms. Ogami’s unfair death in the most brutal way imaginable: by sticking their katanas in as many men as possible. Evidently, they simply cannot understand that indiscriminant violence solves nothing and only serves in providing us with games like Shogun Assassin.

Then again, that’s a good thing. Shogun Assassin may look like a simple, straightforward, low res, action/fighting game (and, yes, such offerings can be fun), but it’s great because of how well it flows. Your movements transition between enemies like a ballet choreographed by a butcher who properly understands beat-’em-ups. Also, it is quite a bit silly, what with its trolley-involving super attack.

You get to satisfyingly hack, slash, jump, jump and hack and slash and even duck, while horribly murdering samurai, avoiding arrows and blades and aiming for a high score. The game’s controlled entirely using the keyboard and it can get pretty challenging as you progress, especially due to the small, crammed playing window that will ensure you really get to test your reflexes. And, hopefully, help to keep your murderous instincts safely confined to a small virtual world inspired by ancient Japan.


  1. frightlever says:

    Presumably based on this:

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    Which was based on this:

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    • Konstantinos Dimopoulos says:

      Aye, that would make quite a bit of sense…

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      DelrueOfDetroit says:

      Why there is not already like a million games based on this character is beyond me.

      Why there aren’t more samurai games in general is also in the area which is beyond the me.

  2. rpsKman says:

    Did they even have fridges back then?

  3. Zarathruster says:

    “indiscriminate” violence

  4. Uncompetative says:

    More fun than Destiny.

  5. Machinations says:

    OGAMI ITTO not Itto Ogami and his CHILD DAIGORO

    I guess I should not be surprised at the lack of cultural awareness, but seriously? IGN would have got it right, even. Sad.

    • Crane says:

      On the page for the game itself it reads: “Play as Itto Ogami and his son, Diagoro, and cut a bloody path as you quest for revenge for your wife’s murder. Somewhat inspired by character action games like Devil May Cry and Bayonetta, but if they were made for the atari.”

      Now, yes the Japanese convention is to put the family name before the given name, but this isn’t a Japanese website, and use of that convention is far from universal in other contexts. So don’t get shirty with RPS for following the developer’s own choice of naming convention.