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  • Summary: [Xbox Live Arcade] You may know chess, but do you know shogi? This challenging and exciting strategy game is arguably the most popular board game in Japan. Now, Shotest Shogi arrives on Xbox Live Arcade with world-class A.I., 16 challenging computer opponents, online multiplayer, 3-D boards, and a Japanese setting. Shogi veterans can jump right in and play, while newcomers will learn the basics and finer points through animated tutorials and puzzles. Once you experience Shotest Shogi, you'll understand why the Japanese are so fascinated with the game. Interactive tutorial: Much more immersive than a simple walkthrough, the interactive tutorial has lessons and challenges to help the player learn the game and have fun. Challenging opponents: Play against world-class game A.I., with sixteen opponents featuring a range of human-style play. In local career mode, unlock new opponents as you defeat them. Earn a higher rating as you successfully play career games. Multiplayer: Play online against some of the world's greatest Shogi players on Xbox LIVE. 3-D environments: Play in two beautiful Japanese locations, with realistic pieces on a Kaya-wood Goban board. Add-on packs: Get the advanced Shogi teaching packs; it's the easiest way to learn. [Microsoft] Collapse
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  1. With videogame versions, it’s all about the features and spit and polish. Shotest Shogi does some of those things very well, but ultimately new converts will enjoy it more. It’s a great introduction to a classic game of strategy.
  2. Jolly good show! [Issue#38, p.115]
  3. Much like the conceptually similar Gin Rummy, the presentation is scrappy, the options minimal and the overall impression is of a game that will satisfy the demands of dedicated Shogi players but has little to offer anyone else.
  4. A fascinating diversion you could spend the rest of your life pursuing, but this presentation of it is disappointingly short on frills.
  5. It'll be big in Japan; over here, not so much. [Christmas 2008, p.94]
  6. Shotest Shogi is a challenging experience that relies on you having at least a passing familiarity with the tabletop game that it's based on.
  7. 60
    Shogi is the kind of game that you can get hooked on. If you enjoy chess, playing and learning this variant will be right up your alley. However, the 800 Microsoft point ($10 US) price tag will have you wishing more effort would have been put into the presentation and game options.
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  1. DougN
    Sep 11, 2008
    One of the best computerized versions of Shogi I have seen. The tutorials give the new player a good grounding in the basic moves and tactics. Has both Kanji and move based piece sets to make learning easier. The inability to save games for later review is the only thing missing. Expand
  2. MickB.
    Oct 12, 2008
    Wow, I never would've expected seeing Shogi on xbox and I bought it as soon as it appeared. No regrets at all - the best computer implementation out there and the AI is nails. Good job! Expand