Official App Icon

We’re excited to share with you our variations iterations for the official app icon for Kanji Samurai! The upper row Kanji reads “samurai” and the bottom Kanji reads “katana”. We have decided to go with the icon on the lower right because it is clear and balanced. Plus, it was the one our four artists overwhelmingly preferred.

Our goal in designing the icon was to convey what the experience of Kanji Samurai is in a single icon. The flower petals, sword, and Kanji, are all key elements of our game as players trace Kanji symbols on their tablets or smartphones which results in a sword slashing effect if they get it right and a rain shower of flower petals. Be sure to check out our gallery as soon I’ll be adding the other icon concepts we had, which were equally aesthetically pleasing but did not convey our game quite as well.

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Which icon do you prefer?

Kanji Samurai at GDC

We’re excited to announce that our producer, Emily Harnedy, and lead artist, Maddie Bouchie, will be attending the Game Developer’s Conference in San Francisco California next week! We’re super pumped to learn more about our specific disciplines (production and art) and make connections with professionals in the game industry.

If you are attending GDC or live in the San Francisco area and would like to playtest Kanji Samurai in its current state, feel free to send Emily an email ( and we can find a time to meet up!