Welcome to Samurai Wars!
Samurai Wars is a game where tactical mastery is a key to winning. The goal is simple: command your units and defeat the enemy army. But before going to battle you need to know some basics on how to play. This short guide will get you started.
Download the Samurai Wars game from the App Store (iOS) or Google Play (Android). To play the desktop version, point your browser to http://samuraiwars.net
When the game starts you will be presented with the lobby screen. Here you can chat with other players and start or join new matches.
The Match List
To join a match, tap/click on the left or right team.
To spectate tap/click the time counter in the center.
Once you’ve joined the match, tap/click Ready. The match starts as soon as all players are ready.
The Start Panel
Tap/click the round start button in center of the screen the to open the start panel, where you can practice, edit maps, and host matches.
Here you will face waves of computer controlled enemies, and can practice on getting the most kills.
The Map Editor
If you want to make your own map you can do that with the editor.
Hosting a Match
To host your own match, you first choose the map you want to use. You can then invite players you your match.
To issue a movement order, tap/click on the unit and drag where you want it to go. Double-click/tap to make it run. Units will move slower in forest and across fords, and can’t cross cliffs or deep water.
To face the unit in different direction, tap/click on the little arrow in front of the unit. (On the desktop version, you can also right-click on the unit itself.)
Units will automatically fight when the enemy is close enough. If you want to do a running charge, issue a movement order unto the enemy unit. The movement path will change from an arrow to a star to indicate that the unit is charging and will keep following the enemy if it tries to move away.
There are three types of melee weapons:
Katana - the traditional Samurai sword
Naginata - a pole with a curved single-edged blade on the end
Yari - a long straight-headed spear
Missile units will automatically aim and fire at enemy units that are within range. To manually aim, click/tap the facing triangle and drag unto the enemy unit. To hold fire, drag to the missile unit itself.
There are two types of missile weapons:
Bows - have longer range
Matchlock - have shorter range
The difference between Ashigaru and Samurai is that Samurai are better trained and have better morale, which means that they will fight better and do not rout as easily.
Samurai - professional warriors
Ashigaru - conscript foot soldiers
Cavalry - mounted Samurai
General - the commander of the army
Some Advice on Tactics
This game is easy to learn but hard to master. Study the rock-paper-scissor mechanics of the different units. Use cavalry melee units against missile units. Use Naginata and Yari to defend against cavalry. Yari have strong fronts but weak flanks. Use your missile units to harass the enemy, but keep the distance and avoid getting charged. Use forest for protection and cover against missile. Ashigaru rout easily, unless supported by other units. Use the speed of cavalry to charge unprotected flanks of the enemy. Avoid having your cavalry fight in dense forest. Take advantage of higher ground. And finally, don’t forget to use the forum to discover further advice and discuss tactics with other players.