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Skulls of the Shogun

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Overview

The afterlife has never been so ghoulishly fun as it is in Skulls of the Shogun, the turn-based strategy mmo developed by 17-Bit. You are the murdered leader of an undead army who is seeking revenge on those who wronged him. Players take on the role of General Akamoto, a tough, honor-bound general who was stabbed in the back on the eve of his greatest battle. Seeking revenge, Akamoto assembles an undead army to breach the doors of the afterlife and claim the skulls of his enemies.

The setting may seem grim, but this turn-based strategy mmo game is anything but. You'll fight across colorful battlefields with your armies all colorfully depicted with bright cartoony Asian line art. Overall, there are four game modes in Skulls of the Shogun: solo campaign, local multiplayer, online multiplayer, and asynchronous multiplayer. This tongue-in-cheek game is playable across PCs, Windows Phones, and XBLA.

The gameplay of Skulls of the Shogun is simple, but mastering the game takes a great deal of strategy. Players engage in battles upon various maps with their general staying behind their assembled army. The basic forces are infantry, archers, and cavalry with each having their own unique advantages. Cavalry can move the farthest, infantry offer extra defense, and archers can shoot long distances. The goal is to kill the enemy general, but you'll need to guard your own general. If your general dies, the game is over. Battlefields also have various features such as statues, shrines, and rice paddies that can be haunted by your troops. Haunting a location results in a boon, such as getting rice to feed your troops from rice paddies or getting monks from statues to help you fight.

As your forces destroy the enemy, a skull will drop as the unit dies. These skulls are able to be eaten by your troops and your general. Eating one skull replenishes some hit points, but eating three skulls transforms your unit into a much more powerful demonic version of itself. A demonic general is a powerful entity indeed in Skulls of the Shogun.

The player's general can turn the tide of battle. Every turn the general meditates behind your army's line, he gains a hit point. Whenever the player decides to rouse his general, he can move great distances and inflict tremendous damage. Figuring out when, or if, to use your general is crucial to success in Skulls of the Shogun.

Can you lead your ragtag undead army to victory? Skulls of the Shogun provides a humorous take on turn-based strategy games as you fight for sweet revenge.

By Jeff Francis

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