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Tenchu: Stealth Assassins

Platform : PlayStation
Rated: Mature
4.5 out of 5 stars 73 customer reviews
Metascore: 87 / 100

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Includes game, original case, and manual. Game has moderate scratches but has been tested for playability. Case may have small cracks or flaws.


Cast as either the male Rikimaru or the female Ayame, you are a ninja assassin hired to right the wrongs of the land. To aid you in your missions, you have access to a whole arsenal of ninja tools, including a sword, flash grenades, smoke bombs, grappling hooks, poison pills, and throwing stars. Be assured you will need every resource to fight your way through the maze of houses, gardens, forests, and castles in ancient Japan.

Your target must be eliminated at all costs, but the code of your honorable clan instructs you to harm no innocents. The wise ninja chooses his or her battles; stealth, deception, avoidance, and distraction are the tools of your trade. But sometimes combat with guards is unavoidable, and Tenchu offers the best of both third-person action games and two-person fighting games with an interface that allows for multiple forms of attack and defense. Be warned: the animation in this game is not for the faint of heart. Blood flows freely and realistic sound effects and movie cut scenes make no attempt to hide the brutality of the assassination business. Overall a great game for fans of Japanese animation or martial arts. --Allen Stewart


  • Exciting martial arts moves
  • Nonlinear levels--choose your own path to the target
  • Different moves for Rikimaru and Ayame
  • Use of many ninja weapons and tools
  • Very gruesome violence
  • Occasionally awkward camera angles
  • Poor character voice-overs in cut scenes

Product Details

  • ASIN: B00000I1BG
  • Media: Video Game
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,060 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here

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By A Customer on November 19, 1999
A rarity it seems these days, but Tenchu focuses on gameplay rather than fancy and colorful graphics. Atlthough the graphics are solid, they are not earth shattering. This game provides the gamer with exactly what he/she wants with an easy control setup that allows anyone to jump right in and start hacking up the evil henchmen. However it also provides the deeper challenge of improving your techniques to eliminate foes without being detected, requiring lots of practice and patience to master. Even after beating this game, it is still fun to play various levels over again. Be warned that this game is geared towards a mature audience.
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I've played a few so-called Ninja games, but nothing comes close to the strategic adventure of Tenchu. This is my favorite PSX game, along with the original Metal Gear Solid. The game depicts a very brutal period of time in 16th century Japan. The Ninja code: Live by honor, Kill by stealth is essential in each of the 10 different levels.
Although the graphics are average(compared to PS2), the gameplay is top-notch. The 2 Ninjas, Rikimaru and Ayame have slightly different fighting styles. Unlike similar, corny Ninja games, Tenchu is not an all-out bloodfest. Sure, you can run around and slaughter everyone in sight, but your ratings and score will be very low. At the completion of each level the Ninja is rated on his mission from Thug to GrandMaster.
The Ninja can carry 5 different items such as poison rice, grenades,smoke bombs,etc.. Theres also a variety of combat styles that can be used during intense battles. Most of the guards can be taken out with one [move] in stealth mode. But if you're spotted, be prepared to [defend yourself], because the guards will not back down. Theres also a tough villian at the end of each mission. It's very hard to beat these guys in combat, so it would be wise to carry a [weapon] or two.
The Ninja encounters every kind of villian you could imagine. Fire- breathing zombies, wolves, a grizzly bear, Pirates with [weapons] and a guy that resembles Marilyn Manson in the first level!
I find Tenchu to be a very fun and challenging game to play. My goal is to achieve "GrandMaster" in all 10 levels using the "difficult play" mode. So if you're into adventure-based Ninja games or a fan of Martial Arts, then Tenchu is for you.
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Tenchu: Stealth Assasins is one of those rare games that play like nothing else. Your ninja rope and ninja agility make you feel completely free to move about the large towns, cities, forests, caves, and other realistic locations in the game. The music is absolutely hauntingly Japanese, with appropriate but creepy sound effects to heighten tension. And no matter how many people tell you differently, this is not Metal Gear Solid in Japan. Metal Gear Solid was about stealth, Tenchu is about stalking. All of these add up to a zen-like feel as you carefully study the landscape, the retreat routes, and your soon-to-be-dead victim. It's just a lot of fun. The only potential caveat I can see in Tenchu is the somewhat slower gameplay. The exclusively arcade gamers will be turned off by the idea of having to think about killing your victims before running in with swords twinkling in the moonlight. Then again, I've known people to watch guards for as much as five minutes, and as little as three seconds. If that's too much time for you, that's too bad. Because, after all, this game is still a lot of fun.
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I actually did purchase this game two times. I lent it out some years ago and never got it back. I recently noticed that the price is very modest so I picked it up again. Why? This game is an older generation game (PS1), but it is better than some PS2 games I have played that only advertise graphics but have poor gameplay or short game time. Tenchu is a satisfying game that lets you creep around, slice necks from behind, and hide out on rooftops. You will avenge the death of a crooked merchant, rescue a captive nijna, save a princess, destroy a fiendish cult, stop the spanish pirates, and fight a big boss with a bigger sword. Of course there are those who opppose this type of activity and thus will try to stop you. Its lots of fun running around, hiding, killing from the unseen. Its better while doing it while the great game soundtrack is playing. This game has very catchy music that brings you you right in. The graphics, like I said, are mediocre, but that wont make or break a game anyway. Gameplay makes the game and this game has plently. Plenty of enemies to defeat, two selectable characters, a bunch of ninja items to utilize, and the percect amount of levels.
What isnt so good about the game? Each ninja only has a small amount of stealth kills to use. There are plenty of regular attacks to be diverse but only 3 stealthy kills. One kill is rarely used due to the fact that you have to be iun front of you r enemy to use it which is dangerous because he will see you. You usually do the neck slice (yawn). Another downside is that many of the ninja items you acuire will be useless. Since you can only carry 4, you will take ninja stars, bombs, paralyzing rice cakes, and the grapling hook.
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