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Top game designer Reiner Knizia's latest game to hit the iOS is a solid adaptation of an excellent board game. It's very playable, but suffers just a bit in graphical presentation.

What's New

- iOS 4 Multitasking support.

- Minor UI Fixes.

- Minor internal fixes.

App Description

** Please note that there is currently a compatibility issue with iOS 8. We ask that you hold from purchasing this if you plan on playing on a device running iOS 8 until we resolve it.**


It's a time of strife in feudal Japan and you dream of one day becoming Shogun and eventually Emperor.

Your goal is to gain the most influence from the 3 major castes: the Samurai, the Clergy, and the Peasant in this popular turn-based strategy game designed by award-winning game designer, Reiner Knizia.


- Battle against the AI.

- Pass 'n Play with your friends.

- Internet multiplayer with Push Notifications.

- Universal app with native iPad support.

- Fully featured online profiles with ELO ratings, global ranking, achievement levels, and game statistics.

- In-depth tutorial.


"The Must List: What's Hot for the Week"
-- Entertainment Weekly

"...Beautiful graphics, online capability, and tried and true game play make this a no-brainer for board game fans..."
-- Gizmodo.com

"...Samurai really shines when it comes to online multiplayer..."
-- TUAW.com

"...a very playable version of an excellent German-style board game..."
-- 148Apps.com

"...strategy gaming perfection..."
-- TouchMyApps.com

"...both thought-provoking and enjoyable..."
-- AppSmile.com

"...a great new addition to the Knizia library..."
-- State of Play, The Gaming Blog

"Editors Choice Award"
-- Appversity.com


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Original Board Game Design by Reiner Knizia
Game Development by Conlan Rios
Artwork by Vaclav Jakubek
AI Programming by neXus
Music composed by Mike Weiser,
www.mikeweisermusic.com (ASCAP)

If you like this, be sure to check out the original board game by Rio Grande Games! (www.riograndegames.com)

Please be sure you're running firmware version 3.0 or higher on your device.

For 1 to 4 players.

App Screen Shots

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App Changes

August 22, 2010 Initial Release

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