Joystiq says "...we found Skulls of the Shogun to be an absolutely enjoyable experience – so much so that we gave it a perfect score." It's fast-paced turn-based strategy inspired by Advance Wars, and supercharged with fighting-game flare!
User reviews: Very Positive (382 reviews) - 91% of the 382 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Jul 29, 2013

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"A stylish turn-based strategy game with some interesting mechanics. Certainly different enough to be worthy of a try."
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August 11

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"Fast, compact and yet consistently thoughtful, there's nothing else quite like Skulls of the Shogun - and, for me, it earns its place amongst the genre's greats. "
9/10 – Eurogamer

"Skulls of the Shogun encapsulates whatever essence puts Castle Crashers at the top of the XBLA charts year after year, and does so without infringing on that game's intellectual property or overall vibe."
5/5 – Joystiq

"Equal parts quirky and complex, it only comes to prove that the glory days of this often forgotten genre aren’t quite gone."
8.6/10 – Gametrailers

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About This Game

Joystiq says "...we found Skulls of the Shogun to be an absolutely enjoyable experience – so much so that we gave it a perfect score." It's fast-paced turn-based strategy inspired by Advance Wars, and supercharged with fighting-game flare! Enter the Samurai Afterlife and join forces with vibrant ghost-samurai warriors, magical animal monks, and mustachioed samurai generals. And now Skulls of the Shogun tastes even better in the Bone-a-Fide Edition, which adds a brand-new episode, the new Tanuki Monk, and a heaping helping of new features!

Key Features

  • A fast-paced, arcade-inspired blend of arcade action and turn-based strategy!
  • Rub shoulders with the colorful denizens of the Afterlife and power up your army to deadly demons!
  • Rampage through 24 levels in an epic single-player campaign!
  • Confound opponents with the all-new Tanuki Monk unit!
  • Gain experience and fuse emblems with an all-new player progression system!
  • Battle up to 4 players at once on spectacular multiplayer maps, both locally and online (realtime and turn-based asynchronous modes)!
  • Power your way through an all-new episode, which features persistent troops and the mischievous new Tanuki Monk!
  • Get inside our heads with all-new Developer Commentary!

System Requirements

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • OS:Windows XP + Service Pack 3
    • Processor: Intel Celeron 440 2.0GHz / AMD Athlon 64 3300+
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: Shader Model 2.0 graphics card, Nvidia GeForce 7300 / ATI Mobility Radeon 9600 or better
    • DirectX®: 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 600 MB HD space
    • OS: Snow Leopard 10.6.8, 32/64-bit
    • Processor: Dual Core CPU
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 3.0+ support (2.1 with ARB extensions acceptable)
    • Hard Drive: 1 GB HD space
    • OS: glibc 2.15+, 32/64-bit. S3TC support is NOT required.
    • Processor: Dual Core CPU
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 3.0+ support (2.1 with ARB extensions acceptable)
    • Hard Drive: 1 GB HD space
Helpful customer reviews
20 of 21 people (95%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
9.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 20
A Masterpiece !

Skulls of the Shogun is a 2D Turn-Based Strategy game. This game has a colorful cartoon style that makes it enjoyable and visually friendly.

With a comic and a good story, it takes place in the ancient Japan. The story begins in the battlefield, after the "General Akamoto" (you) got betrayed by one of his lieutenants. Stealing your name and your sword.

In the afterlife, your mission is recover your name and get your revenge against the imposter.

Fighting against undead and rival clans through many challenging levels.

Talking about gameplay, every team has 5 moves per turn, 3 different kind of soldiers and 3 kind of wizards plus a general, game ends when you kill the enemy general. Every character has its own hability and battle stats.

Soundtrack is well made, relaxing and smooth.

Co-op featur it's a funny experience, up to 4 players you will have a good time with your friends.

A lot of fun packaged in this great game, definetily a must have.

10 / 10

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15 of 19 people (79%) found this review helpful
11.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 2
well this turn based strategy game is very addicting. I've only played the single player/campaign mode and I couldn't find multiplayer match :( . I guess the multiplayer has been "long gone" or maybe I just couldn't find any player online. In this game you are playing as a afterlife general in shogun era (I always think general = shogun himself), nah don't think to much.

you are able to control several units and it does have the feel of advanced wars on DS without grid. the concept are same, there are resources/paddy field to conquer, statue/jizo that act as unit spawn place or towers that will do 1 damage in the beginning of each player turn. the AI unit and level design is smart, the game doesn't feel too hard or too easy, but the challenge is hard and sometimes you have to repeat few times to get all skulls (like stars from mobile games)

the music, gameplay and graphics of this game are well done made. the control however does have a bit of problem. I use logitech wireless x-input, I think this game was planned to be steam and mobile game, and to pick a unit from a controller you have to use dpad , sometimes a unit won't be selected -- this is just minor issue and maybe the problem didn't exist if you use mouse as you can select by clicking the unit. I just like to use controller if possible.

I saw the credits and I didn't find japanese name on it.. or maybe I just missed it, I thought the developers are from Japan, but it's not -- well, it's not important where they come from as long as they brought great game to play!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 26
A 2D tactical RPG, Skulls of the Shogun takes inspiration from other classic games like Final Fantasy Tactics, and Advance Wars. Taking place in a colorful cartoon world, Skulls of the Shogun takes this inspiration and rolls with it in all sorts of fun and intuitive ways.

Set in ancient Japan, you take the role of a recently deceased Shogun. Killed by his own lieutenant during battle, he is relegated to the afterlife as a skeleton. Faced with waiting in line with thousands of other fallen soldiers to the end of time waiting to get into the afterlife, the general instead decides to take matters into his own hands and raises an army to push his way to his rightful reward.

The playful art style mixes well with the almost constant shade of humour in the game. Dialogue and character choices are both funny, and light hearted. The third wall is broken often as the characters question not only the game mechanics, but the player's actions. This cleverness tends to fade a little as the game proceeds, but not so much that it isn't still funny at times.

Each character class has a unique look and animations. The only fault visually is occasionally the screen becomes crowded with units and objects and it can be difficult to pick out the object you want, though the game does try to assist with a pop up when several items are selected close together.

Each battle is a 1v1 turn based affair. The game starts you out with very basic commands and units and does a good job of dishing out new elements with each new battle. Every different unit comes with it's own stats and abilities. Infantry have solid defence and good knockback, but are slow and don't deal that much damage. Calvary have long movement range and high attack, but no knockback. There are various other units like archers and magic casters to fill out the ranks. Your general is also controllable in battle and gains new abilities as the story progresses.

Each of these units can be upgraded during any single battle in the unique manner of eating the skulls of fallen foes, even though as they will tell you themselves, it's pretty gross. Each skull adds hit points to your units including your general, and when 3 skulls are consumed your unit becomes a demon and gains an extra action each turn. This extra action can be extremely useful in most battles. Along the way you will also find various potions and power ups to assist you in winning.

On later maps you will also be tasked with some minor resource management. Rice paddies can be conquered to give you rice to pay for new troops at barracks. There are also other buildings to be conquered to give you access to more powerful units. Rice paddies are limited, and each one including the other buildings can be conquered by the opposing force at any time. Controlling the map becomes very important on these levels.

Each map has different objectives, and several can be won in different ways. Defeating the enemy general, defeating all troops, or moving a unit to a specific marker may all be ways to win. Several maps have multiple stages and differing objectives in each stage. This with the overlapping humour keeps the game fresh and fun throughout.

This is a fun game with a long campaign, multiplayer options and a ton of laughs. With a regular price of $10.99 on Steam it's definitely a bargain, and will fill up hours of your time. If you are a fan of strategy games, good humour and want a game that is easy to get into, this is a great one for you.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
25.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 1
Skulls of the Shogun is an amazing TBS. After finishing the game itself, I liked every singe bit of it, even with the added levels. There are different ways to get different units and the controls are incredibly simple, even if there so many things to remember and get used to. The level designs are great and the overall level itself gives people a challenge. They would have to think it through before making a move. I would recommend this game to anyone who wants to have fun, have time to kill, or both as the levels can be pretty funny at some times and can be long too.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
13.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 12
Fun little indie strategy game with a great sense of humor and a cute art style. Worth a look, especially on sale
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