Toy Kite software released their first iPhone game at the iPhone Launch Party last night. The game is called iSamurai [$0.99] and offers players the chance to finally swing their iPhones like swords.

iSamurai is an accelerometer-based iPhone game that recognizes certain gestures as specific sword fighting attacks or blocks. The developer's video shows it well:


The game comes with both two player (WiFi) modes and single player modes. The single player mode is surprisingly well implemented and pits you up against a computer opponent who calls out their attacks (like Left strike or High strike). In this mode, you must defend yourself by performing the correct block and finding your spot to attack. Meanwhile, two-player mode acts as you'd expect, allowing you to trade blows with a real life opponent.

The moves take a little practice to learn but the game comes with an extensive tutorial with videos of the exact movements.

App Store Link: iSamurai, $0.99

  • http://www.shanenassiri.com Shane

    Now we need a licensed Star Wars Lightsaber game!

  • http://www.shanenassiri.com Shane

    Now we need a licensed Star Wars Lightsaber game!

  • Wobbe

    First reaction: Meh
    Second reaction: Mwah:
    Third reaction: Muhahaha!

    Seems silly at first, but looks quite cool... :P

  • Wobbe

    First reaction: Meh
    Second reaction: Mwah:
    Third reaction: Muhahaha!

    Seems silly at first, but looks quite cool... :P

  • LBG

    It looks quite hard to virturally block another guy's 'sword' which you can't even see. I really don't think this will catch on. Also you look so silly waving your iPhone around in the air. People may get worried and start calling the nearest looney bin, lol.

  • LBG

    It looks quite hard to virturally block another guy's 'sword' which you can't even see. I really don't think this will catch on. Also you look so silly waving your iPhone around in the air. People may get worried and start calling the nearest looney bin, lol.

  • WeirdingWay

    If this samurai version actually works well, then the star wars version will easily dominate the app store for a month.

  • WeirdingWay

    If this samurai version actually works well, then the star wars version will easily dominate the app store for a month.

  • arta

    This is garbage dressed up as a AAA title.

    Swordfighting with the Wii is bad enough with no tangible way of knowing when to stop your swing when it's "blocked", now some dev is trying the same thing on a less capable device with no pointing tech or tv screen for feedback, just a bunch of sound cues? This is what was being kept a secret for so long? It's a couple of dudes swinging their iPhones around with noises squawking through the speakers?

    All that artwork made people believe it was some sort of action or fighting game finally realized on the iPhone, when in fact it's really one of those gimmick trashware titles that normally would never even be mentioned in passing here.

    Honestly without this hype of the WWWC conference who would have cared about that much about this game?

  • arta

    This is garbage dressed up as a AAA title.

    Swordfighting with the Wii is bad enough with no tangible way of knowing when to stop your swing when it's "blocked", now some dev is trying the same thing on a less capable device with no pointing tech or tv screen for feedback, just a bunch of sound cues? This is what was being kept a secret for so long? It's a couple of dudes swinging their iPhones around with noises squawking through the speakers?

    All that artwork made people believe it was some sort of action or fighting game finally realized on the iPhone, when in fact it's really one of those gimmick trashware titles that normally would never even be mentioned in passing here.

    Honestly without this hype of the WWWC conference who would have cared about that much about this game?

  • _jnc_

    Could be fun, but I'd NEVER risk to swing around my favourite gadget like that! I'd say after maximum one minute it would fly over the fence, in the pool, at my opponents head, endless possibilities =)

  • _jnc_

    Could be fun, but I'd NEVER risk to swing around my favourite gadget like that! I'd say after maximum one minute it would fly over the fence, in the pool, at my opponents head, endless possibilities =)

  • http://www.astrosaurus.com astrosaurus

    Oh dear. Remember the whole issue with people breaking their TV's with Wiimotes? Well, now we have a mobile version.

    Definitely sounds like one of those "good on paper" ideas. But just given the hardware that's available in the phone it's hard to imagine it working *too* well. I think they're going to sell a decent amount of these just to those who are curious to see if it actually works (plus it's only a buck). My extreme skepticism and desire to keep my phone in proper working order is gonna keep me from getting this one :)

  • http://www.astrosaurus.com astrosaurus

    Oh dear. Remember the whole issue with people breaking their TV's with Wiimotes? Well, now we have a mobile version.

    Definitely sounds like one of those "good on paper" ideas. But just given the hardware that's available in the phone it's hard to imagine it working *too* well. I think they're going to sell a decent amount of these just to those who are curious to see if it actually works (plus it's only a buck). My extreme skepticism and desire to keep my phone in proper working order is gonna keep me from getting this one :)

  • dave

    when I saw saw the game, I was wandering why the screenshots were showing anything. Didn't know that it is this crappy.

  • dave

    when I saw saw the game, I was wandering why the screenshots were showing anything. Didn't know that it is this crappy.

  • Brad Newsom

    How is it that so many people here can't grasp the concept of this app? Its no different from the current Lightsaber app, except that its game oriented. Basically all it does is compare two actions (Player 1 and Player 2) and see if they correspond as a block or hit. THATS ALL. There's no need to know when to stop half-way or anything. Its just a simple accelerometer game. Geez, no one will break anything (Except there iphone if you don't give it a proper case to swing with).

  • Brad Newsom

    How is it that so many people here can't grasp the concept of this app? Its no different from the current Lightsaber app, except that its game oriented. Basically all it does is compare two actions (Player 1 and Player 2) and see if they correspond as a block or hit. THATS ALL. There's no need to know when to stop half-way or anything. Its just a simple accelerometer game. Geez, no one will break anything (Except there iphone if you don't give it a proper case to swing with).

  • Sn7ke

    Lol, this is so stupid that it looks like a joke (But sadly, I believe its real)

    I think this is the game that will finally introduce the term "flypod" in the media

  • Sn7ke

    Lol, this is so stupid that it looks like a joke (But sadly, I believe its real)

    I think this is the game that will finally introduce the term "flypod" in the media

  • iamse7en

    QUITE lame.

  • iamse7en

    QUITE lame.

  • popejohn

    just get a pair of rolled up newspapers and you got yourself a much better pair of lightsabers then this crap

  • popejohn

    just get a pair of rolled up newspapers and you got yourself a much better pair of lightsabers then this crap

  • yupi

    Epic lame.

    What a waste of one's programming knowledge.

  • yupi

    Epic lame.

    What a waste of one's programming knowledge.

  • Adams Immersive

    It's a unique idea, it has a sense of humor, and it's cheap. Three of my favorite things! :)

    I don't see the need to put the author down so hard, especially without experiencing it to KNOW whether it can be fun or not. I too have my doubts, but I'll wait for real user reviews. Some will hate it. Will some like it?

  • Adams Immersive

    It's a unique idea, it has a sense of humor, and it's cheap. Three of my favorite things! :)

    I don't see the need to put the author down so hard, especially without experiencing it to KNOW whether it can be fun or not. I too have my doubts, but I'll wait for real user reviews. Some will hate it. Will some like it?

  • GodSon

    What can I say that hasn't already been said?

    *Facepalm*

  • GodSon

    What can I say that hasn't already been said?

    *Facepalm*

  • menom

    I guess this shows that just because something is now do-able, it doesn't mean it should be done

    but hey, good luck to 'em - some people have made a tidy sum from fart apps, and this isn't quite as lame as those...

  • menom

    I guess this shows that just because something is now do-able, it doesn't mean it should be done

    but hey, good luck to 'em - some people have made a tidy sum from fart apps, and this isn't quite as lame as those...

  • http://podophile.com Flowbee

    Get ready for lots of "smashed iPhone" reports. The developers (or someone) should sell a wrist strap accessory.

  • http://podophile.com Flowbee

    Get ready for lots of "smashed iPhone" reports. The developers (or someone) should sell a wrist strap accessory.

  • seanR

    actually i purchased this app and it's really fun. i recommend this to people who are into the whole samurai culture and for those who pick up those gun apps (basiclly the same concept), but this app should stay for .99 cents because it's a game where you pick up and play for a little bit, not for a whole hour. get it now before they put it back to 2.99!

  • seanR

    actually i purchased this app and it's really fun. i recommend this to people who are into the whole samurai culture and for those who pick up those gun apps (basiclly the same concept), but this app should stay for .99 cents because it's a game where you pick up and play for a little bit, not for a whole hour. get it now before they put it back to 2.99!

  • Jeff

    Seems stupid to me. I hope the developers know they're going to get sued for broken phones now.

  • Jeff

    Seems stupid to me. I hope the developers know they're going to get sued for broken phones now.

  • Joey Gladstone

    I hate to say it since I've been following this ever since they had the "guess the game" concept but I'm extremely disappointed.

  • Joey Gladstone

    I hate to say it since I've been following this ever since they had the "guess the game" concept but I'm extremely disappointed.