Skulls of the Shogun iOS

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7.3

Mixed or average reviews- based on 22 Ratings

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  • Summary: Crush your enemies and eat their skulls! Skulls of the Shogun is a fast-paced turn-based strategy game, supercharged with fighting-game flare and double-stuffed with a serious sense of humor! Enter the Samurai Afterlife and join forces with undead warriors, magical monks, and mightyCrush your enemies and eat their skulls! Skulls of the Shogun is a fast-paced turn-based strategy game, supercharged with fighting-game flare and double-stuffed with a serious sense of humor! Enter the Samurai Afterlife and join forces with undead warriors, magical monks, and mighty mustachioed samurai generals! Collapse
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Dec 17, 2013
    100
    Even without the platform versatility of its other versions Skulls of the Shogun is still among the best strategy games to grace iOS, and one that armchair generals shouldn't pass up.
  2. Dec 2, 2013
    100
    This is not only one of the more charming games in recent memory; it’s one of the most impressive examples of gaming period, regardless of genre.
  3. Dec 3, 2013
    100
    Skulls of the Shogun is a terrific game. It's not reinventing the wheel, but it's a very stylish strategy game with enough content and bite to keep a solo player happy for a long time, and a great spread of multiplayer maps and options to satisfy those with a multiplayer urge
  4. Dec 5, 2013
    90
    Skulls of the Shogun has been so solid on so many other platforms, so why would iOS be any different?
  5. Dec 4, 2013
    80
    Players looking for the chance to devise a plan and execute it perfectly may bristle at Skulls of the Shogun’s reliance on slow-moving chaos, but open-minded tacticians will find a sense of levity, flexibility, and improvisation not found in most turn-based strategy games.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 1 out of 4
  1. Jun 4, 2015
    10
    Skulls of the Shogun may on the surface look akin to a modern RTS or RPG due to its high level of polish, but in fact it has more in commonSkulls of the Shogun may on the surface look akin to a modern RTS or RPG due to its high level of polish, but in fact it has more in common with ancient classics such as chess than today's mainstream.

    Like in chess, the core game mechanics are simple and deterministic, with no random element beyond one's opponent's reactions. Like in chess, the pieces are clearly differentiated with little overlap in ability. And like in chess, those pieces die swiftly when exposed -- pointlessly unless you ensure their deaths serve your greater purpose.

    But unlike in chess, one needn't plan everything 5 turns in advance to go far: merely knowing what can kill your units in the next turn or two is enough.Once you learn what you can get away with, the game becomes getting away with as much as possible. To be ruthless but not foolish. Otherwise you're playing on the same skill level as the AI, and this game utterly lacks the virtual carrot modern games use make that kind of gameplay enjoyable.

    That's actually the crux of what makes Skulls either Fun or Not Fun for each player. It lacks any crutch to support the enjoyment of those whom aren't disposed to moments of tactical genius... But likewise, there is no crutch to hinder the enjoyment of those whom are. Which makes it a priceless gem to the latter audience.
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  2. Mar 25, 2015
    10
    Excellent game ,Visually very stunning,Good soundtrack ,Excellent game Plot.Overall an excellent turn based strategy game.
    Developer should
    Excellent game ,Visually very stunning,Good soundtrack ,Excellent game Plot.Overall an excellent turn based strategy game.
    Developer should also make its sequel
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  3. Dec 26, 2013
    7
    For the price I paid for it, this game wasn't worth it. The game, while very stylish and creative, the core gameplay just don't work realFor the price I paid for it, this game wasn't worth it. The game, while very stylish and creative, the core gameplay just don't work real well. The controls are hit or miss at times, the missions are a bit too hard at times, but the biggest problem is the fact that I just am not having that much fun here. I keep playing it hoping for something to change up the monotony. It can be pretty repetitive and there's not much in the way of upgrading units or getting new units. I feel like I got ripped off paying 5 bucks for this game. However, if it had been 2-3 bucks I wouldn't feel as bad as I do. As it stands I just don't particularly like this game right now. Hopefully it can fix some of the overall boring things that are going against it in the future but that most likely won't happen till the sequel. Expand
  4. Feb 5, 2014
    4
    its not as fun as the reviews say. The presentation and concept is nice; a turned based strategy allowing free movement... but for some reasonits not as fun as the reviews say. The presentation and concept is nice; a turned based strategy allowing free movement... but for some reason a turn based strategy game needs to have squares. I also didn't like the units in the game that much, compared to the units I have commanded in the following strategy games. Having played fire emblem series, advance wars, front wars, and practically every other turn based strategy game out there which weren't memorable for me to recall, i feel the bar for fun and strategy on the iOS was set by Hero Academy. The part where this was better than Hero Academy was the single player story mode, but even with the catchy story the gameplay was not that fun. I doubt most of the reviewers who gave the game these extremely high ratings played the game through to the end. I forced myself to play this several for several weeks to justify my purchase and find a an unforseen value as described by the critics, but I felt my time was irrevocably wasted. I find it very suspicious that the 5 positive ratings have no associated reviews. Conclusion: Aesthetically pleasing but can new free movement turn-based gameplay can not overcome more entertaining, creative, and clever gameplay found in other turned based strategy games. Expand