Top Samurai Flash Games

Just as gamers have an enduring fascination with European knights, so are their imaginations fixated on the Japanese version of chivalry, the samurai. Samurai video games have been in production since the 1980s. More recent flash games have also been produced and freely distributed online. Although there are dozens of titles to choose from, several stand above the rest, as signified by their rankings on popular sites such as Kongregate and Newgrounds.

Spear and Katana

Although its graphics are simple, the gameplay in “Spear and Katana” is one of the most nuanced in this genre. Players control a young peasant swordsman who, over the course of many duels, slowly rises to prominence and becomes a samurai. Along the way, you’ll switch between a variety of traditional Japanese weapons, including spears, naginataman and katana. Every successful dual will also encourage other warriors to follow you, and by the end of the game, you’ll end up with a small warband capable of standing against enemy armies. There are also several paths to victory, including becoming a ninja or bandit.

Straw Hat Samurai

The “Straw Hat Samurai” series brings considerable innovation to the genre. Rather than controlling your samurai with the arrow key, all movement and action are handle with the mouse. Players draw a red line where they want the samurai’s sword to swing. Depending on if it’s a horizontal, vertical or diagonal line, the samurai’s attack will change. You’ll encounter a wide range of enemies, each with a particular weakness, demanding a different style of attack. Level design harks back to classical horizontal fighters, such as “Double Dragon,” while the graphics resemble the flash animation from the Cartoon Network’s “Samurai Jack.”

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Sumo Slammer Samurai

Perhaps the biggest appeal of “Sumo Slammer Samurai” is that it’s based in the Cartoon Network’s popular “Ben 10” universe. You’ll get to control and fight familiar characters, including Ben 10 himself. Fans of the series will immediately recognize the title “Sumo Slammer Samurai” as the game that Ben 10 plays. With a samurai sword in one hand and throwing stars in the other, Ben 10 must defeat legions of robotic monsters in an otherwise traditional Japanese landscape. Although the grunt enemies are laughably easy, several of the boss battles are epic.

Forever Samurai

“Forever Samurai” takes its cue from “Straw Hat Samurai,” and as with the other title, controls are handled by swiping the mouse across enemies to execute slashes, cuts and thrusts. “Forever Samurai” distinguishes itself with some of the best flash game graphics around, and it also introduces a feature missing from “Straw Hat Samurai” items. You can collect weapons and goods over the course of each level and use them strategically to heal yourself or cause massive damage to the enemy.