Samurai Gunn is a lightning-fast Bushido brawler for two to four players. Each samurai is armed with a sword and gun, with only 3 bullets to a life. Discipline and quick reflexes are the key to deflecting bullets and sending your opponents’ heads rolling.
User reviews: Very Positive (241 reviews)
Release Date: Dec 10, 2013

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"An exciting, kinetic single-screen multiplayer with excellent level design, but little to reward the solo player."
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“Samurai Gunn is a smoking gun, a blood-stained sword, the quick feet of a trained warrior out to kill. It’s a local multiplayer survival game that feels lush in its violence. I love it. I’m a slave to hitting replay.”

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Samurai Gunn is a lightning-fast Bushido brawler for two to four players. Each samurai is armed with a sword and gun, with only 3 bullets to a life. Discipline and quick reflexes are the key to deflecting bullets and sending your opponents’ heads rolling.

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows 7
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Hard Drive: 201 MB available space
Helpful customer reviews
96 of 140 people (69%) found this review helpful
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 1
Way too expensive for the little content it has and has been pretty much abandoned by the dev. He published only one patch since the game was released and is now working on a different game.

It's got really good gameplay but is not feature-complete. Here's a list of the stuff that should be in the game but somehow isn't:
- replays
- tournament mode in which you choose how many matches you want to play and the winner will be the one who wins the most. There could be some stats shown between each match. You could choose which levels you want to play or have the game randomise them.
- any match modifiers such as timed matches, no guns, no super jumps, etc.
- any kind of stats that carry over the matches
- unlockables/secrets
- an option to base spawning on the proximity of the enemy, so that you won't spawn near players and be able to instakill them just because you got lucky.

I can't recommend getting the game at it's basic price. It's really fun and has a great soundtrack but at the same time it feels like an early beta at this point. Wait for a sale (UPDATE: the dev didn't even bother putting it on Summer Sale). And get Towerfall Ascension in the meantime if you're looking for a good couch deathmatch game. It's a bit slower in terms of gameplay but at the same time it's superior in pretty much every way and is still getting new content and updates.
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13 of 18 people (72%) found this review helpful
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 4
This game is great to play with my kids. They run in terror from their dad! =) It's really simple to play but a quite hard to get any good at.
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9 of 13 people (69%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 26
I am really glad I got this one. It's fun, addictive and really easy to get into.

Samurai Gunn is an extremely fast-paced arena combat game in which players use a katana as their main weapon and may fire up to three shots from a gun as a support weapon. The gameplay relies on players' abilities to quickly move around the levels my means of running, jumping and executing their opponents in one lightning-fast strike. Shots from guns may be used to cover long distances in a straight line, but may also be deflected at the shooter by parrying them with one swing of the sword. Additionally, levels often include environmental hazards such as spikes and moving platforms which can squish any character against a wall, floor or ceiling.

An impressive amount of attention to detail is revealed through such things as bullet casings falling to the ground after each shot. What's more, the casings remain there and may be pushed by any character who steps on them. Another example is the water: if someone dies in a pond, the water acquires a red tint which becomes more intense as more blood is spilled, only to be washed away after a few seconds of no blood-spilling on the same spot. To top it all off, standing in water renders your gun useless even when when you get out of the pond, so keep that in mind.

The soundtrack is a perfect match for the action. Based on traditional Japanese instruments, it's reminiscent of soundtracks from chanbara movies and animes with a historical setting. At times, it reminds me of Samurai Spirits, only faster-paced (depending on the track). On that note, the sound effects are hugely satisfying. Most of all, the katanas cutting through the air (or your enemies, ideally). There's something about that loud metallic *schwing!* that makes you want to keep pressing the sword button for more, even if you're not hitting anyone.

Graphically, it's a beautiful game. The sprites are simple but perfectly distinguishable from one another and each is full of personality. There are three characters for each faction and, even within such simplicity, all of them can be told apart at a glance while keeping a common element that identifies them as belonging to the same group. The levels offer a rather wide variety of colours and designs. The intense lime green and clear brown of the bamboo forests, the purple rocks and pale green bushes of the mountain pass with its Buddha statues or the white snow, dark trees and clear water of the winter areas are all pleasant to look at and brimming with detail. Each gives the battle a particular mood or atmospheric feeling. And yet, they managed to do all this with no real distractions for the player, thanks to its retro-style pixellated graphics. Combining an old visual style with modern-day gameplay fluency is a path that numerous indie developres take, and it was yet again the right choice for this title.

All of it is wrapped up into an elegant presentation that fans of chanbara films and samurai pop culture in general will recognise and love. From the moment we see the title screen, we know what type of world we'll be thrown into. A red band with black silhouettes belonging to a bunch of samurais running through a field is an extremely effective introduction to a high-paced game such as this one and it also serves the purpose of creating a classy main menu. In-game, the brief stop produced by a kill, with the blackening of the screen save for the strip which shows killer and victim, is a charmingly abrupt way of making everyone aware of the death. The slow-motion plus zoom that frames the final kill in a fight always provides for an interesting composition and flaunts the game's colourful palette as well as its sprites, still lovely and worth of appreciation with their pixels brought to a bigger size. The menus are simple and use one font, and the signs which recount the kills at the end of a match have a neat parchment feel to them, with easily recognisable icons depicting each death and its cause.

I recommend obtaining this underappreciated gem while it's on sale, since playing it with friends is the best way to exploit its wonders. Survival mode is fun, engaging and addictive, but nothing beats the variety and unpredictability (or lack thereof) of playing against human competitors. As more people get this game, the more fun it will get for all of us who share it.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 7
Best party game ever! Friends of mine who are reluctant of retro games were blown away. He who dons the ninja's mask is forever apart. He leads a life of rigorous training, intense concentration, and danger.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 11
Price seems a little steep for what you get, but I'd say its worth it. Great party game. Fast-paced with simple but tight controls. Super easy to pick up and play, and setting up multiple gamepads took half a second. I yell a lot when I play this game.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 23
Quick to pick up and play. Very reaction based. Game has a very Samurai Champloo/Afro Samurai vibe (Samurai culture fused with hip-hop elements) People looking for a single player experience should look elsewhere, and there's no online multiplayer.

...But get some friends over to your place, and you'll have one of the most competitve and fun multiplayer games in recent memory. Lots of yelling and hype moments, especially in the game's "Showdown" tie-breaker finales if two players remain neck and neck throughout a match. Winning in this game makes you feel like a total G with all the split-second timing it requires. Certainly worth your time if you can manage to meet with friends in person to play.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 5
A perfect game. Instant fun as soon as you sit down to play. I'm so glad that people are making games that bring back the experience of couch co-op. Samurai Gunn is simple but offers a very complex level of strategy when it comes to outsmarting your opponent. Flailing around with a sword is also a viable strategy sometimes...
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 5
I love this game, but am a little disappointed that it wasn't fleshed out a bit more.

The basic arena combat is fantastic - it's simple, but polished in all the right ways. Bullets are fast enough that you have to react, but slow enough and limited enough that they're best saved for a moment when you're just a little outside of reach. The showdowns are beautiful, tense, and dramatic. It's a great game for new players to pick up and jump into for a casual setting, but it stays fresh even once you've grasped all of the mechanics.

On the other hand, a few different options regarding the matches would go a long way. Aside from changing the length of the matches, you really don't have any settings at all. There are no other game modes, and nothing to unlock. At the least, I wish there were a few more maps to choose from.

If you are a person who has the chance to play local multiplayer games with 2, 3, or 4 people, I recommend picking this game up - but maybe when it's on sale.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 22
A game that is only as fun as the other games you have on your Steambox.

It's a small and fast-paced little deathmatch that's neat, but there doesn't seem to be much of anything that isn't advertised on the back of the box here. The game feels unfinished and that can be seen in the little things, such as having no ability to quit out of a match without the use of a keyboard.

There are much more complete Local Multiplayer options (Towerfall, Crawl, Lethal League) that scratch this same itch without cutting the experience short.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 27
Although the game is fun to play and really simple I can't recommend it for 11 pounds as they charge for it. I got this game on sale 50 %.
Why I can't recommend it? Well it's simple. The amount of content is just visibly lacking. 2 Game modes Versus ( no bots yet ) and survival ( with bots ). Maps feel claustrophobic and I would enjoy larger maps ( perhaps even a map editor ) and there is no story mode.

So what you get for 11 pounds is an arena retro hack n slash game with little content which makes it feel like a small project that should be sold for less than a 5 pounds... yet they charge 11.

It's fun but gets boring easily because of the lack of content and settings ( like the amount of bots, mutators etc. ) Don't pay the full price or you will regret it.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 11
Don't get this game, immediately after it came out it was abandoned and while the combat/physics are good that doesn't save the game from being boring after 2 hours (If your by yourself and dont have firends were you live).
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 1
Let me preface this by saying, Samurai Gunn can be a fun game. Most of the time, though, it isn't.

The game looks gorgeous. The levels do, anyways. The character art is ugly. The soundtrack is dope. The level design is varied enough that it doesn't get stale, there is a plethora of different environments to slash around in.

Only problem? The game is only good when you have friends to play it with. Oh, but you may be thinking, "that's fine, I've got plenty of friends to play with online!" Excellent! I'm happy you have a good social gaming life. But that will do nothing for you here. The game is local only. No online.

That's not to say you can't play it alone. There's a Survival mode, where you play bots. But it's utter garbage. The bots are stupid, but stupid powerful. Some (a lot) of the levels have a nice high place you could go tuck away in, and the bot wouldn't be able to get at you, since they can't traverse the map to save their life. And there's never a time when they aren't slashing. The bots are veritable button mashers, mashing away nonstop. This is where it gets unfair. Getting in close is a death wish, because they'll slash and slash, and chances are, they'll get you. The bot is also overly aware of where you're going, and where you're going to be. It seems like they're programmed to react to your button presses, not to do their own thing. You do get a gun, but it does very little in terms of strategy, or shaking things up. You only get 3 bullets, and they can be deflected, or should I say, will be deflected, since Slashy McSlasher is button mashing until the cows come home. It can be continuously be deflected, but it speeds up each time, so it doesn't do much good against a bot.

tl;dr It's a fun game with friends (but since it's local only, unless you have friends over all the time, it's not worth it), it sounds good, and it looks good. Otherwise, it's trash.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 12
those ninjas they pull on my weave
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202 of 289 people (70%) found this review helpful
5.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 10, 2013
100% Recommend this if you have gamepads (i'm using PS3's w/ MotionJoy on XBOX setting works perfect), HDMI cable, 3+ friends, and plenty of beer. This is my new party game, and I can see it hanging around for a long time.

Even of you have no friends and can't drink beer, it is worth it for the survival mode alone.
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111 of 152 people (73%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 19, 2013
So much fun, but two major flaws: for a 15 dollar game, there just isn't really enough. It's AMAZING fun, don't get me wrong, but there's only so much you can do with two modes, the second of which at first glance isn't heavily different from the other (Versus and Survival). My other problem is that there's just not clear communication with some parts of the game - sometimes you'll win even if you have less than 10 kills, or a showdown will end and nothing will happen.

It's extremely solid as a game and I commend the focus on no-online cause it really does shine on couch versus, but there just isn't enough in this for a full price recommendation in my eyes.
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71 of 105 people (68%) found this review helpful
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 11, 2013
Playing Samurai Gunn for the first time may be the most fun I've had playing a multiplayer game. There's almost no learning curve at all and then it's just non-stop action, drama, conniving strategies, and a lot of yelling. The controls are simple to start out with, but open up to more complex gameplay as the subtle specifics of the mechanics reveal themselves. This game is hilarious and heart-pounding; one moment we were cracking up at the absurdity of it all, and the next we were literally on the edge of our seats. Only one of the three friends I played with would probably consider themselves a gamer, but we all enjoyed it equally. This game is for everyone.
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25 of 32 people (78%) found this review helpful
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 22
Silly competitive fighting game similar to that of say Towerfall. The pixel art style and movement is great. Definitely worth picking up if you usually have 3 friends hanging out and you all feel like battling.
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21 of 25 people (84%) found this review helpful
6.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 27, 2013
Game is full of mystical sun honor. Its soul is essence of fun. True friendship is tested and turned into furious competitive rivalry. Death is waiting in every moment of space time continuum. Mind and body join in ultimate battle. Focus is key. Sluggishness shall be punished. Senses must be sharp like ancient watercrystal dragon blade of life. See bullet before bullet sees you. Don´t use weapon, become weapon. There is only forward. Free yourself from weakness. Clashing souls reveal truth. Freedom transcends eternity.
Wise master once said: "Have no fear, for all is one with universe"

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40 of 62 people (65%) found this review helpful
6.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 10, 2013
Amazing multiplayer game. Sit down with a few friends and enjoy some great combat. Also has single player survival. 100% recommend a controller. Deceptively simple. Once you figure everything out, the versatility of the game opens up. Very tight controls.
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50 of 81 people (62%) found this review helpful
5.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 10, 2013
This game is like Joust crossed with Samurai Showdown with added chaos. Controls are exceptionally tight and it's a joy to play. It's a bummer that this game is local-only, but I can't imagine how they'd deal with latency on a game like this. Absolutely worth getting a couple controllers and a few friends together to play this. Plus, Max Temkin is a dreamboat.
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