Metascore
81

Generally favorable reviews - based on 48 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 41 out of 48
  2. Negative: 0 out of 48
  1. Feb 4, 2013
    80
    The enemy AI is deviously smart, and will not hesitate to take advantage of every trick you can think of and more. That also only means it is all the more satisfying when you finally learn to outsmart it, making Skulls of the Shogun a must for all hardcore armchair generals.
  2. Feb 1, 2013
    80
    Skulls of the Shogun is an unsuspected good turn-based tactical game, with an addictive cross-platform gameplay both in single and multiplayer, humorous characters and some cool ideas. With some more depth in customization and options, it could have been an instant classic.
  3. Jan 30, 2013
    80
    Skulls of the Shogun is an enjoyable game with style to spare. The sharp difficulty curve and reliance on aggressive tactics bring it down somewhat, but only because it's easy to see how a few small differences in design could have earned the game a place in eternity, rather than a pleasant distraction on the long road to get there.
  4. Jan 30, 2013
    80
    Knowing that it's all up to you - not cheap shots, not a roll of the dice - justifies the grinding struggle that occasionally slows the journey from disrespected general to shogun of the afterworld.
  5. 80
    It's a massive game filled with a lengthy single player campaign and a long-lasting multiplayer component that can be played day-by-day or minute-by-minute. Patience is a virtue as Skulls of the Shogun was worth waiting for.
  6. Jan 30, 2013
    80
    A thoroughly compelling strategy game. Quirky too, playing to the video game retro-chic and tongue-in-cheek humour that's popular especially among XBLA and digital games today. Despite the slightly overblown frills, there's plenty of depth to Skulls Of The Shogun that will instantly engage any type of strategy gamer.
  7. Oct 24, 2012
    80
    Gorgeous looking (if not just a little bit confusing at times) and wickedly funny too. [Dec 2012, p.83]
  8. Feb 13, 2013
    79
    If you’re looking for a tactical, turn-based strategy title that’s oozing charm, humour and playability without sacrificing depth, Skull of the Shogun is worth the investment, and a shining example of the genre on consoles.
  9. Feb 5, 2013
    75
    Skulls of the Shogun is a nice game for starters in the genre, with a great visual style and a very funny screenplay. It's not the best turn-based strategy game around, but it's definitely a good one.
  10. Jan 30, 2013
    75
    Skulls of the Shogun is a light entertainment that remains enjoyable for just about every minute of its six- or seven-hour life span.
  11. Jan 30, 2013
    75
    While Skulls of the Shogun does a great job of offering a decent amount of units, there's no inherent "wow" factor when it comes to gameplay. Although the traditional grid is tossed in favor of a circular movement shadow, it still feels about the same as the genre always has, minus the game's visual and vocal charm.
  12. Jan 31, 2013
    70
    Its attempted revolution of turn-based tactics isn't quite as practical as it first seems but this is still an impressively fun, and funny, strategy game.
  13. Jan 30, 2013
    70
    Skulls' hardcore appeal may be limited, but for those looking for a simple, easy to understand turn-based strategy title, it's really solid.
  14. Jan 30, 2013
    70
    The stripped down interface makes unit management much more immediate, and the nuanced gameplay, thanks to range of choices at hand, is simple to learn and satisfying to master. The campaign is on the monotonous side, but the engaging multiplayer mode, which lets you compete with players on any other Microsoft device, ensures that you'll always have someone to play against.
  15. Oct 8, 2012
    70
    Wickedly irreverent and cartoonishly outrageous. [Nov 2012, p.96]
  16. 60
    If you were to ask me if you should play Skulls of the Shogun, I'd first go ahead and give you a list of better titles in a similar vein. If you're already past the Advance Wars', Fire Emblems and Valkyria Chronicles', this is well worth a look. It's just not all that memorable.
  17. Feb 6, 2013
    60
    A charismatic but simple turn based strategy game. Skulls of the Shogun gives more laughs than tactical resistance, but is easy to learn and fun to play against friends.
  18. Jan 30, 2013
    60
    Objectivity is an illusion. Perceptions and subjectivity prevail, powerfully influenced by expectations both personal and cultural. Culturally, we want the Great Gaming Renaissance, and we look to indie games to bring it to us. I want to love Skulls of the Shogun for all that I see it can be, but I have to like Skulls for all that it is. Part of that includes being boring.
User Score
8.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 48 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Feb 1, 2013
    10
    Simplistic and also with a great amount of depth. Meaning it's easy for players to get into, but also has enough meat and potatoes for hardcore players to spend many hours after the campaign to better refine their strategy.

    During the journey of the afterlife, the player will encounter just the right amount of new mechanics that it never gets boring, but also never feels overwhelming. It has an excellent learning curve with a few potential difficultly spikes depending on your skill level, but feels that much more rewarding once the player has overcome such obstacles. The dialog is also something to mention as it is quite funny most of the time by either making old movie references or breaking the forth wall. After the Campaign, multiplayer is where you'll refine your skills either locally, online normal/ranked or asynchronously(play by mail basically). Async is particularly nice if you happen to have a windows phone or windows 8 tablet as it lets you play one turn and send it to your opponent, then come back hours later to see how your opponent responded to your actions.

    With 30+ multiplayer maps specifically design(and well balanced so far) between 2, 3 and 4 players, there's a ton of game for just $15. Highly recommended
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  2. Feb 12, 2013
    10
    This game is just solid fun. It has enough depth to make the hardcore happy but is easily accessible by new players. The humor is definitely there.
    This game feels like it takes whatever made castle crashers fun and woven it in wax on and wax off style.

    The online lobby system needs more work. It took me a minute last night to figure out you have to keep searching to find a game..don't just let the search idle.

    Also the game is new and not many people are playing it online yet. Xbox definitely needs to advertise this game.

    Have run into a couple glitches like where at the start of the match the game ends quickly and the host automatically wins. I'm assuming this will be corrected. This game is a blast. You owe it to yourself as a gamer to have this.

    Oh and it has asynchronous play; so you can play turn based against other Xbox players, windows 8, and windows phone 8 players....that's just sweet.
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  3. Feb 1, 2013
    10
    Skulls of the shogun's simplicity yet the dept offers itself open for a a newcomer like myself to pick up and play. The user interface offers every move you can make with prominent button prompts every time you take control of you units. The games’s story mode introduces different stages and scenarios against enemy units. This mode can be approached by new comers and learn the game’s basic mechanics and objectives. Multiplayer offer a turn based strategy game at its finest with async or online multiplayer. Every move counts in Skulls multiplayer. This game's cross platform multiplayer mode is seamless and very good version of the game all around. Full Review »