Tenchu: Dark Secret review

  • Earning death freeze frame cards
  • Skewering foes with bamboo
  • Making your own health potions
  • One-hit kills that don't kill
  • Searching for that one last enemy
  • Triggering your own traps

When you boil it all down, Tenchu: Dark Secret is a missed opportunity. Wi-Fi gameplay is limited to exchanging items in an online marketplace and multiplayer is limited to local wireless play. It's a shame, really. The DS could have used one of its dual screens as a magical map to give the locations of patrolling sentries, the microphone used to whisper distractions to guards and the touch screen used to plant ninja traps with pixel-perfect precision. Unfortunately, the developers opted instead for run-of-the-mill hack-and-slash game mechanics, and so they turned out a game that incorporates very little of what makes the system so enticing in the first place.

More Info

Release date: Aug 16 2006 - DS (US)
Aug 16 2006 - DS (UK)
Available Platforms: DS
Genre: Action
Published by: Nintendo
Developed by: From Software
ESRB Rating:
Teen: Blood, Language, Violence


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