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Chambara

Rating Summary

Based on 13 critic reviews
Fair Man

OpenCritic Rating

72

Top Critic Average

54%

Critics Recommend

Based on 13 critic reviews
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Game Information

Available on:PlayStation 4Jul 26, 2016
Xbox OneJul 26, 2016

Developer: Chambara

Genres: Puzzle, Platformer

Chambara’s core mechanic is disappearance - a unique marriage of visuals and design. Players hide in plain sight by camouflaging against like-colored areas to ambush each other in thrilling and stylish duels. In Chambara, you and your friends will experience the edge-of-your couch tension of stealth combat in a game that looks like no other.

While Chambara is a competitive action game, we wanted to avert it from the toxic tropes of hypermasculinity and redemptive violence that come out of uncritical design thinking. We value competitive games because of the dialogue between players and the relationship to sportsmanship. We wish to draw out the best aspects of this kind of game with Chambara.

Chambara has been exhibited at events like E3 2015, Indiecade, BitBash, the Independent Games Festival, and Orbyt Play. Chambara is also the winner of the 2015 BAFTA “Ones to Watch Award” and an IGF Award Nominee for Best Student Game. Chambara promises to thrill and connect players with its striking visual style and deep, tactical play.

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Strong Head
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Weak Head
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Chambara - E3 2016 Gameplay Trailer | PS4 thumbnail

Chambara - E3 2016 Gameplay Trailer | PS4

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Destructoid

7.5 / 10.0
Chris Carter

If all these caveats sound fine, I think you'll like Chambara. Like many focused dueling games before it, it does one thing, and it does it pretty well.

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Post Arcade (National Post)

7 / 10.0
Chad Sapieha

This USC Advanced Games Project release has some great – if underdeveloped – ideas around local competitive play

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COGconnected

81 / 100
COGconnected

These juxtapositions are what makes this game so great; it is a constantly shifting experience which is easy to pick up, but difficult to master.

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Push Square

8 / 10
Push Square

Chambara is a smart, stylish, and truly entertaining game to play locally with friends and family. There's a timeless class to games of this ilk which offer experiences that you simply cannot get elsewhere. As long as you can provide a steady stream of willing players to engage with, Chambara returns the favour with a limited but excellent selection of arenas to engage with them in.

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