Take on the role of Asumi, a new warrior for the people of Edo. As Asumi you must root out a rebel from within a prestigious samurai academy. Now the assassin must walk in the light for all to see.
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Release Date: Jan 8, 2015

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About This Game

Welcome to Edo, an alternate realm where history took a different route. The Samurai of Japan were never outlawed and the emperor lost power preventing Japan from opening its borders to the other nations of the world.

Edo is now a very different place from modern Japan, where tradition still holds sway other the people and it's leaders. As time has passed the Samurai have been given ever increasing levels of power by the Council of Nobles and their leader the Lord Regent.

This has given rise to the creation of a special core Samurai unit known as the Justicars, though members are appointed by the council, they remain an autonomous unit, able to investigate and judge any threat or criminal they find. It is their duty to safeguard the continuity and protect the people. But Edo is not a land of peace and plenty, strife exists in all corners of the once great empire. Rival factions constantly battle for land and power whilst rebellion grows from within.

Enter Asumi - A female samurai of the black clan, trained from birth to kill on command. Now newly appointed as a Justicar of Edo. Our protagonist finds herself in a place she never thought she would be, outside of the shadows, within an academy, trying to root out a rebel before civil war can engulf Edo and its people.

    Game Features

  • Strong, Deadly, Female Protagonist
  • PC, Mac & Linux Versions
  • 1280 x 720 Standard resolution + Full-screen Mode
  • Huge amount of in game choices that effect the story
  • Multiple Good and Bad Endings
  • Seven major NPCs + Multiple minor NPCs
  • Four Romantic Love Interests (2 male & 2 female)
  • Over 45,000 word original storyline
  • Original Musical Score
  • Main Theme Ft. Vocals by Mika Kobayashi

    Additional Extras

  • Music Room - To play tracks from the game
  • Codex - Lore on the world of Edo
  • Unlockable CG Scene Gallery as you play
  • 48 Save Slots with mini Screenshots + quick & auto saving
  • Easy Rollback and GUI removal
  • Separate Sound & Music volume controls
  • Also includes Steam Trading Cards***

System Requirements

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: 1.66 Ghz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX compatible card
    • Storage: 300 MB available space
    • OS: OS X version Leopard 10.5.8 or later
    • Processor: 1.66 Ghz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Storage: 300 MB available space
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04
    • Processor: 1.66 Ghz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Storage: 300 MB available space
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 8
Product received for free
nice visual novel and good ost music i loved but buy character crator or arbook is awfull
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 10
Nice visual novel with good soundtracks.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 30
Realistically speaking, one thing you have in life to spend that you can't earn back is time.

Ideally speaking, you'd want to maximise the value you get out of the time you spend.

This game is average across all counts.

Average art.

Forgettable characters.

Meaningless story.

It's not terrible, but I certainly wouldn't bother. There are plenty of other better VNs worth your time.
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118 of 142 people (83%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 1, 2015
Another candidate for the "neutral" review button, which steam surely needs.

The positive facts for this game are:

., interesting setting (which isn´t that much used though)
., nice graphic style
., story is an interesting terrorist search
., no stats grinding

., characters are likeable if not with too much depth
., enough romances and ways to end this, though variations are short and the ends don´t always fit to your playthrough

., short
., not much replayability
., nearly no variation in graphics (in some scenes there is only one standstill picture, while all the action is only in text).
., Many characters are never seen at all (have no pictures, or are often only mentioned in text, which makes it difficult to remember who everyone is).
., (Spoiler) to live through the end, you have to handle the enemies in one fixed way, which isn´t the most logical imo (you die, if you confront the killer directly)
,. some typos, endings don´t always fit your playthrough etc.

so in the end, it´s an ok game, and i would probably give it a neutral if i could.. but there are just too much discrepances to give it a positive recommendation.
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142 of 177 people (80%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
5.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 8, 2015
The Story, theme and art style are all good. However it has many errors where no matter what you choose you end up in the same place. If you kill someone it plays out as if you just knock them out. It forces you down a singular path and some of the romances are impossible to get. no matter what you do some of the romances end very... badly and no matter what you do or how many times you run through it choosing different options it turns out the same. Honestly it promises more than it actually offers. I mean the game will actually crash if you choose the "wrong" answer. In other words it's not really worth the money. Sorry.
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79 of 87 people (91%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
5.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 1, 2015
To be fair, Sword of Asumi had a lot of development problems during its kickstarter campaigns and in the end the developer managed to create a fully functional game for its backers (I've seen far worse from developers on kickstarter).

BUT the endproduct is just not good....

The protagonist is a young woman named Asumi, living in an alternate universe Japan, where she is trained to become a justicar: a group of female samurai/assassins who fight in the shadows against threats to Japan. Asumi gets send to Battle Academy to pose as a student and to find a terrorist named Raven.
You might think "An assassin posing as a student and gathering information during the day and following these leads (interrogating suspicious people, breaking into buildings, etc.) by night" doesn't sound that bad.
But sadly, the second Asumi steps onto campus, the terrorism plotline is shoved into the background and instead you get an extremely boring and shallow slice of life story including horrible romance subplots for about 90% of the game.

Every sentence itself seems ok but reading through the game, the writing just feels awkward and lifeless. Obviously, this also affects all the characters and their interactions which are just as boring and lifeless as the writing and I'm gonna skip the character point.

There is an ok amount of variety in the backgrounds but they lack detail and just feel shallow. The character sprites are decently drawn but the characters posture often looks unnatural and awkward. The most effort however, was clearly put into the CGs. They are nicely drawn and overall just look good.

On a side note:
Why do so many OELVNs have such small character sprites? Half of the background is empty and it always seems like I'm standing about 10 meters away from all the other characters while talking to them. That just feels weird.

Besides maybe one track the OST is pretty generic but it didn't hurt my ears.

There are fragments of what this game could have been (CG art, story premise and even how the promised RPG system could be implemented) but in the end there are just too many major problems with story, characters and writing to be worth your time and money.
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74 of 90 people (82%) found this review helpful
13 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
10.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 16, 2015
Sword of Asumi is a visual novel set in the Edo period...apparently. I really didn't see any resemblence to the Edo period throughout the game, or any sign that the Edo period was still in effect. They just say that it's the Edo period and according to web site descriptions, this is a timeline where the Edo period never ceased, so technically all of the advancements brought on by succeeding eras never should have happened. I'm looking too much into this.

Anyways, you play as Asumi, whom I can only describe as an awkward assassin with a very rare chronic stripping disorder. At least that's the joke I make, because the writer thought it'd be a great idea to show her changing out of her clothes or laying around in excessive lingerie all of the time for no arbitrary reason. The writer also thought it'd be a great idea to make the main character seduce a creepy, perverted principal instead of quietly sneaking into his office to get what she needed. On that note, I should remark that they ruin this "highly trained" assassin character unbelievably fast and turn her into a cliche school girl that's so socially awkward, it's depressing. Being able to blend in should be a part of your job as an assassin.

The writer also thought it'd be a great idea to make a martial arts centric visual novel without really having any understanding of martial arts at all. As an example, I bring a quote from the narrative of the game, "Like lightning, Hikari slides to the side, raising his arms in a classic fighting stance ready to initiate a strong of blows." First off, wow. That was a thing that was written. Second, a classic fighting stance? Like what? Be more specific. Third, a strong of blows...what?

The writer also thought it'd be a great idea to present a main character who wants to become a Justicar, who can become one in the end of the game without really understanding the principles of being a Justicar. Example, you can kill the hell out of the principal, indirectly causing tons of innocent murders, or you can kill a couple of innocents yourself. Whatever tickles your fancy. You still get to become a Justicar either way. The writer also thought it'd be a great idea to make day time backgrounds, but not night time backgrounds for the same area. Later in the game, characters will talk about it being night time when the background is clearly bright as day. Near the end of the game, one of the day time backgrounds is blatantly lowered in brightness to "resemble" night time. I am not kidding.

The writer also thought it'd be a great idea to present 2 love interests that could be completely uprooted from the game and have absolutely no impact on the story whatsoever. With one of the routes I went, I encountered one of these love interest characters a net total of TWO times throughout the story. One of which was optional. The other love interest is simply there to play the best friend role. She also happens to cosplay (EDO PERIOD) and at one point, can make Asumi cosplay as well. Does this change anything in the main story? No, not even in the slightest.

It was clear that the maker of the game knew his audience and I can't fault him for that, but at least give the game a bit more substance. Draw in a bigger crowd than who you're obviously trying to bait into buying and liking this blatantly half-baked thing. If you can't write any better, hire a writer! Have someone else convey your words and story in a less embarrassing way. I mean, you Kickstarted this game, so you had the funding. Not sure where it went though... Probably to the composer responsible for the absolutely maddening soundtrack of this game.

Speaking of Kickstarters, AJTilley (the maker of the game) recently started a Kickstarter for the sequel to Sword of Asumi (to my dismay). He showed off some artwork that was already present on his website. He also introduced a new character that is blatantly a near carbon copy of a character from a series that his target audience is probably very familiar with (Sinon from Sword Art Online). Did he show anything else? No, not really. In fact, he canceled the Kickstarter a couple of weeks later, for the reason that he had ABSOLUTELY NOTHING for the sequel. He wanted to Kickstart a game that he had absolutely nothing to show for. The sad part is that it almost met half of its funding, with NOTHING to show for it. Astounding.

Enough of the Kickstarter though. Back on the subject of this game. It's not good. The writing is pretty bad. None of the characters were sold on me. The story is excessively boring and a train wreck. The game as a whole is a blatant bait for fanservice loving anime fans to buy the game and enjoy the main character changing into excessive lingerie that she just happens to be wearing under her regular clothing all of the time for no reason. That's a great two word summary. "No reason."

Why does this game exist? No reason.

Why does the sequel want to exist? No reason.

Why am I writing this review? To express my befuddlement at the existence of this game and the fact that the person responsible for it tried to fund the sequel with absolutely nothing to present his 104 backers, who mindlessly funded it anyways. But other than that? No reason.

I will revisit this game though...on a stream, while inebriated. Why? No reason.
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40 of 44 people (91%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 7, 2015
It does have some sort of potential.

  • Art: One of the most important things in VNs, I suppose. For the most part, the art is good. Well, average. However, it was drawn by someone with no concept of how breasts or non-neutral-standing poses work. First of all, the artist seems to think that protrusions from your body just... disappear if you put a cloak on (hint: they don't). Second, they also seem to think that t-shirts are skin. That they simply fold weirdly in some places but that they encase breasts perfectly (hint: they still don't).
    Another complaint is that while normal scenes look acceptable and everything looks (almost) anatomically correct there... The special scenes (ones without separate and changing backgrounds/sprites, specially drawn for the occasion) have a different art style and don't look like they're drawn by someone with a whole lot of experience. The faces look odd in some way, the poses look awkward and like the artist didn't really do any sort of a research but just drew them straight. It's slobby. Particularly one scene comes to mind, with the induction party. Where Asumi's hand looks tiny and disfigured as she's clutching the oddly shaped little plastic cup. I can understand things not being perfect but that was... yeah... And the fact that the jumper was shaded incrediby weird, with breasts (again with the breasts!) having their own refractive properties that don't follow the rules of physics didn't exactly redeem that scene.
    And one more art-related thing. When you're outside at night time, the background is as bright and cheerful as ever. While the text is trying to create a creepy atmosphere, you're staring at a bright and sunny day in the park. Even something like a simple dark half-transparent overlay would work better than this. Seriously.

  • Plot: n...no. When I try to summarise the plot of the game for people who haven't played it, it does not come out well. "Asumi is this assassin and she's in a high school undercover in order to find this leader of a terrorist group, who's posing as a student for some reason. Oh, it's not just a regular high school. It's a high profile high school for samurai, very prestigious." If the plot was actually good, and there was reason for characters' actions then you could at least say "I know it sounds lame but it's actually really good". But you can't even do that. All characters are one-dimensional, you're pretty much forced into having some sort of a relationship with every one of them and then are forced to choose who to hang out with when you haven't even learned their names because they've been on screen once or twice. A lot of the actions and dialogue seem forced. The concept itself - of an assassin on a mission, undercover in a school, that needs to find out information on a certain person or people and then make deductions based on that information - is cool. It does have potential to be intriguing and fun. But you don't even get to do much deducing because...

  • Choices: The first choice you get is whether to kill/disable a maid (I'm assuming "disable" means "knock out" and not.. cause to become disabled). It's great when you get that. "Oh yay, this game has choices! I can see different sides of the story, there's replay value and all that crap" Then your choices get very limited. You pick which class you'll go to that day, you pick the answers to quizzes in classes (some of which you have NO WAY OF KNOWING without googling wtf), you get to pick whether to hang out with a character. but... you don't really get to do much research on your target. You don't pick what you say - there were times when I just watched, cringing, as Asumi straight up asked if someone knows who "Raven" is and pushed them about it. Wtf Asumi. Worst. Assassin. Ever. Some choices are also pretty forced.
    Don't get me wrong, it does have some sort of a replay value. Except it's the same replay value you'd get in a VN focused on just regular old school life and not, y'know, in a VN about an assassin on a mission.

To summarize , buy this if you don't mind all those things but if you want quality content then save your money for something else.
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54 of 77 people (70%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 9, 2015
This game is rather buggy. I counted at least five typos in the game text, near the end I got a ren'py error screen, and I got good-ending-with-utsuro instead of good-ending-with-hikari like I should have.

It's a bit too obvious to me what the 'correct' choices at various points are. The art and music, while not BAD, is not spectacular. The game is rather short, and I didn't like it enough to go try for more than one route.

The whole thing smells half-baked. I noticed in the community stream that the devs pushed forward the release date significantly. Perhaps they should have taken the time to FINISH and TEST it first?

That said, the overall atmosphere is good. Assassin of justice infiltrating a high school? It just sounds cool.

I would unbuy it if I could, or at least unbuy it until some of these typos and errors are gone, but if you like this style of VN's (otome) this might still be for you.
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26 of 32 people (81%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 25, 2015

+ Kickass soundtrack.

~ Decent art, though some of the scenes are a bit...weird. (Seriously, those kisses.)
~ Decent amount of romances, though almost everyone is very one dimensional, it's very hard to get attached to any of the characters. (Hikari is best girl obviously. i'd've liked Minori and Kairi better but...they had no backstory to speak of.)
~ Rebel terrorism plot is cool, but feels more of a subplot than anything. The real plot feels like it's the romances and watching Asami fumble her way through social situations, almost robotically, almost as if she's never talked to real people before. It's akward and a little cringey, tbh.

- Short, even going for 100% only took me 2.6ish hours, can probably be done faster.
- Typos, plenty of them.
- Very little in the way of scene backgrounds, or character models, for anything/one that isn't vital to the story. There are characters that don't even get portraits, and the ones that do usually had one, maybe two.
- The only replayability the game has is to eek out the two or three achievements you didn't get while doing your first playthrough. Almost every achievement can be gained on the first playthrough by save scumming.
- Why did we need so many shots of Asami holding her boobs or standing aorund in her undies? We didn't. Really.
- Whlie i'm on the subject of things we didn't need, that principal was disgusting. The only bright spot about it is you have the option to kill Him. (Why you would choose the other option is beyond me. Dude's really disgusting.) And then you have to go play nice with the widow to try to milk her for information about the shadowy group behind everything, and it turns out she knew but couldn't do anything because of aforementioned shadowy group. i'd've killed the pig myself, tbh.

All in all i give it a 5. Only because of the soundtrack. Only buy this if you find it in a bundle somewhere.
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1.7 hrs
Posted: October 22
The only game they made that is worth playing (once).
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0.2 hrs
Posted: October 11
Too stiff. Boring.
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2.2 hrs
Posted: September 26
good story, with multiple endings, you can try to get all the endings, but just for me , i would have preferred more save slots, as there are quite a lot of times where you can choose the path to take.
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0.5 hrs
Posted: September 19
Exploitive faux-anime trash. You know, I'm absolutely positive there's a good visual novel somewhere, but Sword of Asumi is not it. Save for the fact that it's not outright porn, it embodies all the genre's negative stereotypes along with subpar How To Draw Anime & Manga Characters art.

I'd say the story is "cliche and tiresome", but considering it's a visual novel, that's pretty much the entire game. The entire game is cliche and tiresome.
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3.2 hrs
Posted: September 13
This is a game that is crying out for a neutral review button, the game isn't bad but i can't find enough positives to recommend so unfortunately i can't recommend it.


story setting i.e murder mystery secret investigation
good variety of choices options


Character development basically skimming the surface on a lot of the characters whilst this may be an investigation i would expect at least more information on the protagonist and some main characters to help develop the story.


Plot and ending for a murder mystery/spy investigation i would expect is to be trickier to work out who you think is the antagonist for me it was pretty obvious from the near the start. This may not be the case for others but perhaps more subtley or red herrings could be used in the studios next similar project.

Overuse of lingerie scenes doesn't really add much to the game once or twice is more than enough.

This review is a neutral one and whilst i can't say it's great i can't say it's bad either this game will likely divide opinions and you likely won't know how you feel about it until you have tried it. 5/10
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3.5 hrs
Posted: August 29
Product received for free
is it just me or does asumi's breasts seem to get bigger every day? not gunna lie, i came into thi game thinking i was gunna play this and relax cuz i thought it was a different kind of game but you actually have to pay more attention to things than you would for this kinda game
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7.2 hrs
Posted: August 28
Nice title song, several choices lead to several different endings, several romance options... I really liked the female art, and the main char was made like-able and made me smile a few times. Also, there was some nice tension in a few scenes where the music made a great job!
On the downside, there are several spelling mistakes (even in the name of several endings!), almost too many characters, but all in all recommended. 7.5/10 for a VN.
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