Lords of the Rising Sun

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Lords of the Rising Sun
Developer(s) Cinemaware
Publisher(s) Cinemaware
Director(s) Doug Barnett
Composer(s) Bob Lindstrom
Platform(s) MS-DOS, Amiga, PC Engine CD, CD-i, Sharp X68000
Release 1989
Genre(s) Arcade game
Mode(s) Single-player

Lords of the Rising Sun is a 1989 video game by Cinemaware, game design and art by Doug Barnett, released for the Amiga among other systems. Like the earlier Defender of the Crown, it was a mix of map-based strategy and arcade-style mini games as the player, playing as one of the famous Japanese generals Yoshitsune or Yoritomo, fights to pacify Japan by force. In the short documentary "The Total War Story", Mike Simpson, studio director for the company Creative Assembly said that the company's Total War series of games had been influenced by Lords of the Rising Sun.


Computer Gaming World gave the game a positive review, admiring the cinematic qualities of the game as well as the mix of action and strategy elements.[1] In 1990 and 1993 surveys of strategy and war games, however, the magazine gave the game three stars out of five, stating that it was "only marginally" about history.[2][3]


  1. ^ Chaut, Michael (July 1989), "Sunrise, Sunset: Japanese History in Cinemaware's "Lords of the Rising Sun"", Computer Gaming World, pp. 42, 45–46 
  2. ^ Brooks, M. Evan (October 1990). "Computer Strategy and Wargames: Pre-20th Century". Computer Gaming World. p. 11. Archived from the original on 2 December 2013. Retrieved 16 November 2013. 
  3. ^ Brooks, M. Evan (June 1993). "An Annotated Listing of Pre-20th Century Wargames". Computer Gaming World. p. 136. Retrieved 7 July 2014. 

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