Samurai Bringer is a demon-shredding roguelite action game with a cool retro style

Samurai Bringer screenshot from Playism

For a split second, I almost thought I was looking at a Dynasty Warriors demake

A handful of cool game reveals were shown off at the Playism Game Show this weekend, but one upcoming title in particular — a Japanese mythology action-roguelite game called Samurai Bringer — stood out to me. Alphawing’s pixelated style really drew my eye.

To be honest, we’ve seen a ridiculous number of roguelite games on Steam to varying degrees of success, and have run off on plenty of demon-slashing adventures in recent years. I’m not here to deny it! That said, Samurai Bringer is looking pretty sweet from where I’m sitting. I dig the game’s pulled-back camera and its flashy retro art direction.

The end goal is to become powerful enough as Susanoo to bring down Yamata-no-Orochi — so here we go again! Samura Bringer is about toppling troops and hordes to unlock Combat Scroll techniques and ultimately improve your loadout, giving you better odds of surviving procedurally generated zones with mixed-up enemy types and placements.

“Over 100 legendary warriors from Japanese legend and history including Oda Nobunaga, Date Masamune, and Sanada Yukimura will be summoned to stand against you,” according to the Steam store summary. “Defeating them will reward you with their weapons and armor imbued with various status boosting effects. Donning this armor will not only give you an advantage in battle, but also add a little style to your loadout too.”

Of course, there are a million little things that can work to unravel an otherwise good roguelite game. We’ll see how it plays later, but for now, just with first impressions, I like the premise of Samurai Bringer. Give me all of that sick armor. The bigger the better.

While it’s already got a page on Steam, Samurai Bringer is also coming to Nintendo Switch and PS4 in spring 2022. The PC-Switch-PlayStation trifecta continues to do its thing.

Even if you skip Playism‘s trailer, pop by to see the “spinning slash” gif.

Jordan Devore
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