The Swords 12+

Lee-Kuo Chen

    • 4.4 • 13 Ratings
    • $1.99



The Swords is an action game of ancient martial arts. It tells the story of a sword master's life and his deep immersion in the art of swords. Amidst the ink wash painting is the light and shade of swords, which embodies the fighting and pursuit of a sword master.

- IGF China 2015 - Best Mobile Game
- Indie Stream Award 2015 - Special Recognition Award
- Game on Weekend 2015 - Best Game
- GMGC 2016 - Indie Pitch Arena Winner

"Fast-paced but doesn’t feel frantic"
- The New York Times

"A one-of-a-kind game that really captures the feel of wuxia"

"A short game with a simple title that hides a wealth of beauty."
- PopMatters

"An enjoyable slice-and-dicer"
- Pocket Gamer

"If you are looking for innovative gameplay and love swordplay, then this is a game that you must check out."
- AppAdvice

- Martial arts game with the beauty of movements
- Unique gameplay mechanic
- Artistic expressions consisted of ink wash paintings and calligraphy
- Magnificent combat game scores
- A complete game without in-app purchases or advertisements

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What’s New

Version 1.03

This app has been updated by Apple to display the Apple Watch app icon.

• Various tweaks and improvements

Ratings and Reviews

4.4 out of 5
13 Ratings

13 Ratings

Editors’ Notes

Beautiful, stirring, inspired—words barely do justice to Lee-Kuo Chen’s surprisingly abstract take on martial-arts swordplay. Your finger becomes the blade as you learn the pattern and timing of various moves, and then battle foes whose blades (like yours) are represented by ink-painted lines. The overarching tale of a famed swordmaster sucks you in, and even at its trickiest, the swipe-based action always feels rewarding.

CorwinD.Kelly ,

A Lesson in Form

It's very clear this game was designed around a touch screen, rather than fight the medium this game embraces it. Combined with the beautiful art and elegant story it makes the game a real masterpiece.

Turtle people ,

Elegant and astonishing

I really had no idea what to expect as I began this game. Gently, as one might begin a study of Qigong, or Tai Chi, you are led into understanding by the teachings of a great master. You can play this game at the surface level of an arcade, but if one breathes deeply and enters the spirit of the study, one is rewarded by an extraordinary experience. The heartbeat of an entire culture is woven into the experience of this journey. Like the study of a Chinese Martial Art, there is no frustration in an inability to complete a scenario. Rather there is the patient search for the right timing and the correct technique, and there is the reward of discovery, until one is challenged by the next level.
I will be sad to complete all the scenarios, but I know that I will simply start the journey again and again, searching each time for a deeper understanding and more confident solutions.

The graphics are both simple and flawless, and the sounds are a perfect accompaniment to the actions. This is an application to be savored, not simply played.

App Privacy

The developer, Lee-Kuo Chen, has not provided details about its privacy practices and handling of data to Apple.

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  • Family Sharing

    Up to six family members can use this app with Family Sharing enabled.

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