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Tale of Ronin

A turn-based RPG created by Dead Mage Studio. Tale of Ronin features a story set in Japan’s feudal period. As the title suggests, player assumes the role of a ronin, i.e. a masterless samurai, who gets a chance to improve his lot.

RPG | turn-based | 2D | indie games | historical | Japan | Samurai | classic RPG

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developer: Dead Mage

publisher: Dead Mage

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Game mode: single player

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Tale of Ronin is a turn-based RPG set in Japan, created by independent studio Dead Mage. The title was designed with PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles in mind.


Tale of Ronin for PC, PS4 and XONE features a story set in Japanís feudal period. The player assumes the role of a ronin, i.e. a masterless samurai, exiled from the society. The hero gets a chance to improve his lot. During his journey he gets to experience both good and bad sides of the turbulent period of history, such as friendship, betrayal, war and, most importantly, honor. The gameís developers looked to Akira Kurosawaís films for inspiration as well as to anime adaptation of the Shigurui (Death Frenzy) manga. In order to accurately recreate the time period they also studied historical documents. Besides, the game contains elements from the Japanese mythology.


As for gameplay, Tale of Ronin for PC, PS4 and XONE is a turn-based RPG similar to The Banner Saga series. The protagonist starts his journey as a lone traveler, but in time he may be joined by two other companions. Together they visit various locations and face difficult situations, which force them to make tough decisions. At the heart of the game lies combat. The developers took care to faithfully reimagine fighting with the katana sword, which is brutal, but not too showy. An important element of gameplay is the so-called Sekai System, which is a variation on permadeath mechanics. If the protagonist gets killed in battle or commits seppuku to reclaim lost honor, the player becomes another ronin. In such case, however, you donít have to start completely from scratch. Instead, you visit a world shaped by the actions of your previous hero.

Technical aspects

When it comes to graphics, Dead Mage Studio decided to move away from the stylistcs used in their previous works. Instead of pixel art, used e.g. in Children of Morta, the developers prepared visuals resembling traditional Japanese art. Thanks to this, Tale of Ronin for PC, PS4 and XONE features unique atmosphere, also enhanced by matching soundtrack.

System requirements

PC / Windows

PC / Windows

  • Minimum:
  • Intel Core 2 Duo
  • 1 GB RAM
  • graphic card 512 MB GeForce 8800 or better
  • 1 GB HDD
  • Windows XP
Tale of Ronin is pretty much Japanese Banner Saga
Tale of Ronin is pretty much Japanese Banner Saga

news 13 March 2017 13:05

If you are a fan of The Banner Saga and want more of similar stuff, you will most likely be interested in Tale of Ronin, a newly announced turn-based RPG, which looks like a Japanese counterpart of Stoic's series about Vikings.

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