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Wednesday, March 19, 2003
Samurai: Strategy Board Game for the Mac
10:45 AM | Johan HansÚn | Comment on this story

The independent game developer Klear Games has released their turn-based strategy board game Reiner Knizia's Samurai for both Mac and PC. Samurai is a computer adaptation of a classic board game with the same name, set in a pre-unifcation Japan.

From the official website:

When Samurai begins, Japan is in a state of political, social, and economic disunity. In the game, you assume the role of a warlord vying against your rivals to unify Japanese civilization under one central authority.

The civilization of feudal Japan is made up of three social castes - peasants, clergy, and nobles. As you play, you must obtain pledges of loyalty from representatives of the noble, clerical and peasant feudal castes who live in cities throughout Japan. You must court the allegiance of these social groups one city at a time by promising military protection, offering favors or resources to specific castes or sending merchant ships to encourage trade in the region.

Since the game isn't graphicly demanding, a G3 based computer with at least 128 MB with OS 8.6 or later is recommended. While OS X isn't supported, the game runs fine under Classic mode.

The game offers relaxed pace strategic gameplay and it is well worth to download the free trial version from the official website and try it out.

Reiner Knizia's Samurai
Klear Games

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