To celebrate August being C64 Month, we’re writing about a different Commodore 64 game every day! Start from the beginning here!

I guess the full title of this game is Samurai Warrior: The Battles of Usagi Yojimbo, but I already used the “S” spot on Shoot ‘Em Up Construction Kit and everyone just calls this game “Usagi Yojimbo” anyway AND this is my site AND you’re not my real dad anyway so NYAH.

Usagi Yojimbo, a Melbourne House-developed game based on the incredible comic by Stan Sakai (who is STILL MAKING NEW COMICS – the man is an absolute legend!) is an adventure game where you explore feudal Japan. As you would expect, there’s paths to choose, monsters to slay and ninjas to battle – but it’s the extra stuff that sets this game apart.

The game values Karma more than anything else. You earn Karma by respecting your elders, being polite to people and even giving money to the poor. Attack an innocent and Usagi is overcome with so much shame that he commits seppuku on screen.

It’s the little touches that I always remember Usagi for, like how you can stop at little villages and eat some rice to replenish your health, and just watch the innkeepers mill about the place. The game has such a solid sense of being in a world that I love exploring the game’s locations and just taking in the ambience.

It’s not a fast-paced hack ‘em up but that’s exactly why I think this game is worth your time. Go check it out now (and then head out to your local comic shop later) 🙂

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