Freestyle rap sword fights in 1980s New York.

Leandro Ribeiro + CS Wallace + Alex Feigenbaum + Ben Poland

Early hip-hop culture was greatly influenced by martial arts movies – from break dancing moves, to names like “Grandmaster”, to the philosophy of freestyle rap battling. MCs would travel the city competing to see who had the most powerful lyrical swordplay.

Subway Samurai is a game that focuses on this unique mixing of cultures in a fictionalized, Asian-influenced New York City of the 1980s. In the tradition of the Monkey Island series, your success in your sword fights is determined by the words you choose. But instead of responding to one line, you’ll have to engage in a full 8-bar freestyle rap battle.

Subway Samurai