Black & White Bushido is an arena fighting game between light and shadow samurai.
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Very Positive (77 reviews) - 84% of the 77 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Oct 2, 2015

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September 15

Development Update

Hi all!

Sorry we've been quiet for so long, we've been working hard to get the online working and truth be told it's proved much trickier than we anticipated.

We want to roll out the update at the same time as Xbox One and PS4 so that's also had its challenges.

We think we're there now and all going well should be looking at online multiplayer and new content within two months.

Thank you so much for your patience - we appreciate everyone's support and look forward to giving you everything we've promised as soon as we possibly can!

Team Bushido

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June 15

Online Multiplayer and New Content Update

Hi All!

Sorry we have been quite quiet lately on the forums!

We are hard at work on the Online Multiplayer and the new content for Black & White Bushido, we would like to apologise for the delay but we are working very hard to get the content finished!

We would also like to thank you all for the support and feedback we have received from the community, we really can't wait for you all to see the new content and we hope you like it when its released!

Team Bushido,

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“Black and White [Bushido] was a fast-paced, exciting, smart and compelling game”
International Business Times

“Bushido had us excitedly shouting at the screen with every kill and flag capture… can’t wait to get stuck back into the action”

“Best Multiplayer Experience at EGX”
Ten Ton Hammer

About This Game

Black & White Bushido is an arena fighting game between light and shadow samurai. Battle for control of the light or the dark in multiple arenas, hiding from your foes and striking when they least expect it.

Battle against computer controlled opponents, or fight your friends in frantic four player local multiplayer. Dominate the battlefield in Capture the Flag, or crush your enemies in Team Deathmatch.


  • Five different arenas to battle in
  • 4 Player Local Multiplayer
  • Single Player mode against AI opponents
  • Team Deathmatch & Capture The Flag modes
  • Hide in plain sight, or lay traps for your enemies

System Requirements

Mac OS X
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: DirectX 8 1.2GHz processor
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Storage: 300 MB available space
    • OS: 10.10
    • Processor: 1.6 GHz processor
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Storage: 300 MB available space
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78 of 85 people (92%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
7.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 12, 2015
This game is really fun with 3 other mates and a lot of beer.
If you've ever seen and loved Samurai Jack : Episode XL: Samurai versus Ninja, then you'll love this game.
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73 of 79 people (92%) found this review helpful
43 people found this review funny
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 23
Black & White Bushido in a nutshell~

Fun, Intense Game when playing against other players (not to mention the Challenge Mode aswell) and with the Online Multi-Player coming out this year it's definitely worth giving it a go 🎧♪♫.
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29 of 39 people (74%) found this review helpful
20 people found this review funny
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 30
Shinobi; warrior of the night.

Trained to use the darkness of the shadow.

I know your arts as well.

But I, have been trained to use the light.
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24 of 33 people (73%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 3, 2015
Great game, played this game at EGX in Birmingham and it was the best Multiplayer Indie game there
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17 of 23 people (74%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 5, 2015
Black and White Bushido is a multiplayer arena fighting game that sees you fight in teams of black or white samurai in arenas where the background is either black or white. The general idea is when standing against your colour background you are invisible allowing for all sorts of sneaky stealth kills. Controlling your character feels fairly fluid and it won’t be long before you are bouncing around the level painting the fields red.

There are 4 different characters to choose from although I must admit they did not feel radically different from each other when being played. Scattered throughout the arena is also a number of power-ups ranging from throwing stars to bombs. While these are fun to use they are generally a single use item and I felt more could have been done with them.
The stealth mechanic works well especially with 4 players as it is impossible to keep track of where everyone is. The only real problem is that after dying and re-spawning it often took me a few moments to work out where the hell I was.

The main part of the game is deathmatch split into either straight deathmatch or capture the flag game types. With only 5 arenas to choose from you do pretty quickly yearn for some more selection. Equally the challenge mode which is the games only real single player element outside deathmatch with bots feature you completing a bunch of single player objectives without dying such as kill 3 people from behind or kill 3 people using wall jumps. While a nice little distraction this equally ends up as nothing more than a side mode due to the one hit kill and inability to continue.

I love the idea of the game and with 4 friends it’s an absolute blast. I first played the game at EGX2015 and came away thinking this was definitely a highlight of the day. But in reality without having 3 other people to play against it does not quite hold the same shine. So yes for an evening of multiplayer it’s great but it burns bright and fast and will grow old quickly.

Hopefully some more maps and modes down the line can help spice it up.

Please check out our video review below for gameplay footage.

A review copy of the game was obtained from the developers free of charge. My thoughts and opinions are however totally my own.
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18 of 25 people (72%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 3, 2015
Pretty simple but fun local multiplayer game. It's like Samurai Gunn with a lot more emphasis on stealth and lot less levels. More details:
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59 of 105 people (56%) found this review helpful
188 people found this review funny
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 2, 2015
Saw this at EGX so bought it. Good fun…the single player is simple but the multiplayer is where the real game is. Downside is no online multiplayer, but seen that they’re adding that now anyway.
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9 of 12 people (75%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 12
Black & White Bushido is a fun little four player versus game that has a great novelty of really making you feel like a ninja through use of camoflauge. My regular TowerFall group gave it the thumb's-up (which they rarely like anything but the usual). Its certainly smaller in scale, but has enough fun for a couple of gatherings. Overall, I do wish there was more content, though.

The coolest thing about this game is its novelty; you first choose either a black or white ninja, which allows you to blend in really well with like color. This adds in some nice strategy where you can just sit still and wait for the kill. Its reminiscent of getting the mirror item in TowerFall. Really makes you feel like a ninja.

+Awesome use of the black and white camoflauge to make you feel like a boss with those stealth kills
+The whole level is on the screen at one time (like TowerFall and unlike Duck Game) - the moving camera in other games can bother some gamers with it constant zooming-in-and-out

-Content is slim; only a handful of levels (like 5 or 6), and two game modes (deathmatch and capture the flag)
-Music and sound effects are nothing to write home about
-Needs more weapons and consumables

Get it on sale, if you are into local play.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 9
I love Seven Samurai, Saumurai Jack, Ran, Zatoichi and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. For me games have rarely matched the fun and flow of the sword play and action on show in these films. So I was a bit sceptical when I first saw Black and White Bushido, but noticing the price drop I thought I'd have a go. And I'm glad I did, it's ridiculously good fun. The game play is simple but effective, versus is where it really comes alive and rumour has it multi-player is on the way. You'll experience no greater joy than hiding in the shadows or light before swiping your opponent down. A great game and a mega bargain.
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 13
The gameplay itself is not that bad, the melee style of hide and seek through shadows and light is pretty interesting, but it gets old really fast and the doesn't have a campaign or a diversified arcade mode for a single player. Besides, there is no online multiplayer lobby for you to find matches - even if it had, I believe it would be empty. Overall, it's an interesting game concept although poorly executed. IMHO, the advise against buying it is basically because of the price. If you really want it, buy it on a sale, this game ain't worth more than a dollar.
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4.4 hrs
Posted: September 24
sooo good, idk about mouse and keyboard controlls but playing this with a friend using controllers is like not other game i have ever played. Best local co op ive ever seen, just amazing.
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1.9 hrs
Posted: September 5
+ interesting/fresh game concept.

- No flexibility in gamepads supported.
Another co-op game with a terrible support for DirectInput gamepads made on Unity engine. (Stardust Vanguards, In Space We Brawl,...).

Supported controllers for Black & White Bushido:
If your gamepad (and 3 of your's friends) is not on that list - then don't expect that gamepad to work. (Again, that list is meant for this game only.)
This is a link given by a developer on a forum , of a list of gamepads that should work.
Mine is not there.

But that should be posted on "About This Game" page. Or at least a link to it.
(And not finding it accidentally when you are wondering why the game ignores your gamepad.)

- Not many maps (5).

- Overall little in content:
Versus mode
with 5 maps
and a "challenge mode":
That's the entire game.
If you like local co-op games then you can buy it. (You could also try "Samurai Gunn" instead - it may be better in some ways).

This game is fun but little in content.
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Sweet Lowdy
0.4 hrs
Posted: July 10
Until it gets online multiplayer and custom maps its just going to be boring unless you have someone that can frequently sacrifice time to come over, sit down and play it with you but i can definitely see the potential, if you have a controller. Playing on a keyboard is depressing.
Would recommend on a sale.
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Arthur the Aardvark
0.6 hrs
Posted: July 8
I'm gonna start this review by saying that this is a first impressions review (as of right now i have played half an hour of this game), and that I know nothing of the game (when it was released, the developers, the budget, the time it took to make, etc.), so opinions may change with further playing

+Good atmosphere
+Music and sound effects aren't the best but do the job
+Hammer character is kinda fun

Pros/Cons together:
+/-Idea of light and shadow is very good, and the stealth part would be interesting as a mechanic if the player sitting still on his or her's area didn't already make him invisible, rendering it useless
+/-Art style has potential, but is horrendously bad (as in 2000s flash games you'd find on free games websites bad) with no options for better detail

-Animations feel cheap and uninteresting, with many attack having very few frames for said animations
-Platforming feels very off, almost Zelda CD-i off, very unresponsive and hard
-Spear guy is horrible to play with
-The absolute worst are the controls, both in game and in the menus, with very little intuitive button choices for the keyboard (I understand this game is probably made for controller use, but almost never mentioning the controls on the keyboard, along with and offering the option to change anything? Shame), adding to this feeling of either going too fast with the dash (when you manage to do a dash) or too slow, you always feel like a slug. Sometimes they don't even register the keys I press!

All around, not even worth the 2-3 euros i payed with the sale
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Qwerty Bob
0.4 hrs
Posted: July 7
Zero explanation on how to control the characters... and the only user-hostile way of mapping controls imply you require joysticks (there's a difference between supporting and requiring controlers… and if I need to point that out, you should not be making games)

Congrats on the kids for their first program. Now let the adults code now!
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1.2 hrs
Posted: July 3
♥♥♥♥ing brilliant, controls are fluid and responsive- attacks are satisfying, 8/8 would recommend
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0.5 hrs
Posted: June 30
This game. I like this game.
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0.9 hrs
Posted: June 15
The game is very fun if you have someone to play with. Tried it with two xbox controllers and it works fine + keyboard. Have problems with Dinput gamepad though... Couldn't get it work except directional keys (left, right, up, down). But Xpadder or x360ce might fix this problem easely. I prefer latter.
Developers promised online multiplayer by this summer but it is july already and there are no news. But it seems they are still working on it and on a new game modes.

You can learn this game quite fast. The mechanics is very simple and fun. There are no complicated combos like in MK or Street fighters.

Gamepad is recommended. I haven't really tried to play with a keyboard. But some people complained that it is difficult to play without gamepad.
It is worth to buy cheap gamepad for this game and call few friends for a fight,
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0.3 hrs
Posted: June 12
this game is a nightmare for people without a controller. The keyboard controls are ♥♥♥ and you cant use the mouse. Not worth the money at all also if you do buy it prepare your ears for a major ♥♥♥♥ at the begining
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