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  • Summary: Thrust into the future by the evil Aku, a lone Samurai warrior must quickly find the time portal to the past to rescue his defenseless people. Ancestors of the displaced Samurai call him "Jack" and help him through four enemy-filled realms with 24 interactive levels. Samurai Jack suffers various states of undress if he fails to dodge fireballs and sword strikes, but slow-motion attacks, devastating combo moves, and sushi snacks empower the hearty warrior. Through a burning village, the bustling Aku City, and on, Jack blasts through doors, finds hidden pathways, and frees caged locals, bringing him ever closer to fulfilling his great destiny - the defeat of Aku once and for all. Defeat enemies with signature combat moves, plus three elemental Swords, Throwing Stars, and a Bow and Arrow. Defeat enemies with Sakai Mode (slow-motion action). Fight against well-known Samurai Jack foes such as Aku, the Scotsman, Mad Jack, and other unique enemies. Select from three difficulty levels to match your gameplay style. Contributions from the cartoon series creator, artists, voice actors, and composers create an authentic Samurai Jack experience. [Sega] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 21
  2. Negative: 1 out of 21
  1. Ultimately, The Shadow of Aku's excellent controls, just-right fighting action, humor, and easy-on-the-eyes visuals do the Samurai Jack license proud.
  2. 75
    It needed more content and more effort. The mechanics of the game are good (for the most part) but the most impressive engine and artwork in the world can’t make a game excellent without any substantial content.
  3. 70
    It's a mere...er, shadow of the cartoon, but it's also a lively workout...While this is far from "Onimusha," "Shinobi," or "Ninja Gaiden," initiates fresh to the genre should find it a worthy first challenge. [May 2004, p.70]
  4. 60
    A more robust story line, more variety in combat, and greater length would help a lot. But the game is still extremely enjoyable for what it is -- a hack-and-slash weekend time filler.
  5. An amazingly generic action title. It's a shame, as Samurai Jack is easily one of the most unique cartoons on the air today, so this could have been so much more. [May 2004, p.93]
  6. 52
    I could forgive a lack of story, or even a resemblance to the show's fantastic sense of style. But, the fact that the game is extremely easy, boring, and annoying is beyond forgiveness.
  7. Ho-hum gameplay combined with simple annoyances make this game a shadow of the popular cartoon it was based on.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5