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Samurai Shaver v1.15
by DDRKirby(ISQ) and Kat Jia
Released under the Cocoa Moss label

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Soundtrack download (Volume 1)
Soundtrack download (Volume 2)

Samurai Shaver was made in 72 hours for round 40 of Ludum Dare. The theme was "The more you have, the worse it is", so we made a rhythm game about a lone samurai's quest to cleanse the land of body hair.

Awards (out of 1852 jam entries):

  • #1 in Overall
  • #1 in Fun
  • #1 in Audio
  • #6 in Humor
  • #9 in Mood

Download Samurai Shaver for your phone:
App Store (iOS)
Google Play (Android)

Post-mortem writeup

Ludum Dare submission page

Original compo version submitted to Ludum Dare

Changelog >>

- Update site lock code
- Recompile to allow offline play via the app
- Update to Unity 2019 and WebAssembly, recompile to allow hosting
- Fixed some additional aspect ratio issues with the mobile version
- Fixed some aspect ratio issues with the mobile version
- Default latency adjustment to 50ms (pretty arbitrary, but a better guess than 0ms)
- Turn predictive audio on by default (dynamic audio is nice, but the timing difference  can really throw you off)
- Recommend predictive audio a bit more strongly now
- By popular demand, added a detailed audio latency calibration screen with support for  automatic and manual calibration as well as in-game testing
- Added a toggle for predictive audio - enabling it will play slash sounds exactly in time  with the music instead of responding to your input (recommended for devices with high latency)
- Fixed buttons in the main menu being clickable during screen transitions
- Fixed a issue in the web build that caused songs to not resume properly after pausing
- Shortened description for Shamisen Shootout in web build so it's not cut off
- Fixed a small typo in the jukebox description for level 4
- Added level 6: "Yakuza Bathhouse"
- Added level 7: "Shamisen Shootout"
- Added level 8: "Katsujinken"
- Dramatically shortened music load time, especially for the jukebox screen
- Added a link to the Cocoa Moss website on the credits page
- Use box outline instead of dashes to show selected option throughout the UI
- Jukebox shows currently-playing song in gray instead of yellow
- Jukebox now automatically plays next song after current song is finished
- Tweaked some jukebox descriptions slightly
- Preserve previously-selected choice in main menu
- First mobile release!
- Speed up fadeout/fadein at game startup a bit
- Allow pressing enter to exit the tutorial
- NEW LEVEL! Level 5: "As the Cherry Blossom Falls"
- Added level number and song title on a dropdown sign at the beginning of each level
- Adjusted animation speed of conveyor belt to match tempo of song
- Fixed missing nipples for one of the people sprites (oops)
- Adjusted hair positioning and make indicator line appear sooner,  to give more advance warning for the first slice
- More accurate audio sync, and smoother scrolling for the indicator line
- Added gamepad and mouse support
- Fixed a visual glitch when showing the loading screen before the doors fully finished opening
- Added a victim to the intro of level 4 so it's not as long of a wait before the song starts
- Very minor tweaks to all of the music
- Added roll call numbers to the blank signs that the people are holding  (this was planned from the start; just didn't have time to do it before)
- Added the menu and results screen music to the jukebox menu
- Added song names, and full song descriptions and write-ups to the jukebox screen
- Added a pause screen - press Escape or P to pause during a stage  (you can exit the stage from this screen)
- Reduced global volume to avoid WebGL audio compression (eww)
- Performance tweaks to avoid small hitches during gameplay,  especially on the first note of each session
- Fixed sfx failing to play if you slash too quickly
- Smarter placement of blood slashes (no more bleeding between people's legs)
- Don't allow slashing above a person's head or below their feet (no more bleeding floors)
- Fixed a minor looping issue with the blood effect animation
- First release!
Rated 4.7 out of 5 stars
(66 total ratings)
Made withFL Studio, Unity, Paint Tool SAI
TagsComedy, Funny, Ludum Dare, Ludum Dare 40, Music, Singleplayer
Average sessionA few minutes
InputsKeyboard, Mouse, Gamepad (any)
AccessibilityOne button
LinksLudum Dare

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man I thought my barber was weird.

realy fun game, wish there where more level


Rhythm heaven has been getting weird lately

samurai's gotta shave too!

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Super game! How do you sync music with gameplay? I'm working on a rhythm mapping tool for games just like yours. it's called MBOY Editor ( Do you want to try it for your game? Vic

that's really funny

this is so much fun 

ddrkirbyisq the screen to big can you make it smaller for mobile

Please just download the mobile app instead!

A fun little game. 

Best shaver in town. 

This is hilarious and genius

this game reminds me of rhythm tengoku and that makes it even better :)

This was really fun to play!

a really funny rythm game with a brilliant music!