Samurai by Klear Games is an electronic adaptation of the boardgame with the same name by Reiner Knizia. Samurai is a hybrid of a graph paper game, dots and boxes with a common Eurogame mechanic of majority control, and topped with interesting endgame scoring. This seemingly ordinary combination produces a extraordinary game of simple rules yet deep strategic choices.
You are a leader vying for political control over three social classes of Japan. The classes are represented as three icons: peasants – rice field, priests – Buddhas, and nobles – high hats. The player who has majority support from two out of three classes wins the game. Each turn you play from a hand of hex tiles that you place on the board to surround the three class icons to capture their support. The key to victory involves good hand management, using the least amount of resources for victories and avoiding Pyrrhic victories.
The game is polished in all areas: excellent music, strong AI, lots of options, clean interface. No wonder Klear's Samurai won the IGF Technical Excellence award. Unfortunately, Klear seemed to have lost their license to sell the full version of the game, but the demo allows ten plays. A "play" is defined as executing and exiting the program. Thus if you run Samurai and never exit the application, you can play as many games as you want. Besides ten plays will give you ample time to practice before you get a copy of the Samurai boardgame to play with your friends.
Strangely, the default settings of the game are not the rules of the original designer, Knizia -- it is a variant. The Klear variant prolongs the game and lessens tension. To play by the original designer’s rules, the Classic Rules, do this: from main menu, click Single Player, look under Customized Games section and select Create Game, keep Custom Game Options at default and choose Continue, then look under Game Play Mode, check Classic Rules and uncheck Show Opponent Scores and finally choose Start Game.
Samurai is Knizia's third highest ranked game according to Boardgamegeek. Furthermore as far as I know Samurai is the only game that has won prestigious awards as a boardgame and a videogame:
1993 Deutscher Spiele Preis – a German award for hardcore board games
2003 IGF Technical Excellence Award