Use your power as a Feudal Lord to unite the land of the Rising Sun under your iron fist.
User reviews: Mixed (181 reviews)
Release Date: Sep 15, 2011

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“It’s a setting that’s seen rarely in video games. European conflict dominates the strategy landscape and seeing a fresh perspective is very welcome. The fact it’s addictive and enjoyable is even better. This is history made fun.”
8/10 – Strategy Informer

“Sengoku is in every aspect a wonderful simulation of its time, and a historic marvel for strategists.”
9/10 – Gamegrin

“...a game that provide such rich strategic scope that it will very likely be the only game armchair strategists need for the remainder of the year.”
4,5/5 – Digitally Downloaded

About This Game

Sengoku is a deep character driven strategy game set in 16th century Japan. Play as a Japanese nobleman and unite the land of the Rising Sun under your iron fist. Use your military might, your smooth talking tongue, and your guile to increase your power. Watch your enemies fall like cherry blossoms in the early dawn of spring. Doublecross your enemies in an honorable and auspicious manner. Always make sure you have competent heir, if you should die before your destiny has been reached.

Key features

  • Play as a Feudal Japanese Lord and manage your relations with family, friends, and enemies
  • Rise in influence and power inside your clan and then move on to claim the ultimate prize, the control of Japan
  • Conquer and grow while rewarding your most valued retainers as you make a bid to become Shogun
  • Detailed historical map of Japan, divided into over 350 different provinces, during the Warring States era
  • Manage your relations with three different religious factions, the Shinto, the Christians and the Buddhists
  • Employ the aid of powerful Ninja clans when your Samurai armies are not enough

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows XP, Vista, 7
    • Processor: Intel® Pentium® IV 2.4 GHz or AMD 3500+
    • Memory: 2 Gb RAM
    • Hard Disk Space: 2 GB Available HDD Space
    • Video Card: NVIDIA® GeForce 8800 or ATI Radeon® X1900
    • DirectX®: 9.0c
    • Sound: Direct X-compatible sound card
Helpful customer reviews
75 of 78 people (96%) found this review helpful
36.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 18
I saw only negative reviews so let me bring some variation to the mix. If you have an interest in grand strategy games, and are willing to do a bit of homework (don't worry, just a YouTube search) this game will become really addictive.

The game is a strategy game, but you could also describe it as a role-playing game in the same sense as dungeons and dragons is a role-playing game. It's all about your chosen dynasty and how you develop it. So instead of a character you'll be playing a line of characters. That is if you're lucky enough to survive the onslaught going on in 15th-16th century Japan, and your family head manages to produce offspring. If you lose all your lands, or your dynasty ends it is game over.

This happens often, and that's a good thing. Not achieving the ingame goals doesn't really feel like a loss, just like the death of a character in a good book doesn't feel like a failure of the author. I just lost a game where I managed to conquer 50% of Japan (one of the in game goals) but I didn't manage to be shogun for 3 years (the other goal). So technically I lost, but I don’t remember it that way.

When early on I found out my character, the second clanleader of the Nanbu clan, had became infertile, with no male heir, I realized time had become an important factor in my strategy. Thankfully the father of the clanleader had already managed to conquer the complete northern tip of Japan by scheming with other small clans, and now the clan controlled about 20% of the map. I launched a frantic military attack on my most powerful neighbor, the Togashi, who had grown from a small region to the biggest force on the map, about 35%. With some help of another clan, the Amago, I managed to conquer most of his land, which also made his military strength weaken. There was not much the Togashi could do, being battered from the east by the Nanbu (me) and later on from the west by the Amago, who were about as powerful as I was. I started to divide my newly conquered lands under my vassals, who sadly were not my sons but other members of my court. I pressed on unrelenting, I had to achieve my goals with only little time left, as my clan leader started to grow older and older with no male heir. When the Togashi were wiped of the map and hadn't provided me with the right amount of land, I backstabbed the Amago with whom I had conspired before and took a lot of their land as well.

Because the clan leader of the Nanbu had become infertile at a young age he didn't produce any offspring. He finally became shogun at age 71. He was so close to victory he, and I, could almost taste it. And then he died at age 72, only two years short of achieving our goals.

Every playthrough becomes a short story like that. Never does the playthrough feel like you played it already, not even if you decide to pick the same clan for a second time. The thing is that you need some imagination to fill in the gaps that this simulator leaves you with. I guess that if you can't add to it with your own imagination this game is a dull list of stats. But if you can imagine the stats and the simple portrait of your character and other characters as being real, and manage to connect the dots, this game is an endless story generator.

To summarize; this game is more like a book than a movie, where for most games it is the other way around. For me every playthrough feels like an unique interactive story. I can imagine that to others it might seem like a glorified spreadsheet.
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20 of 25 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 18
If you are looking for an alternative to Total War Shogun, this is the best game for you.
If you got dat dope ♥♥♥ swag, this is the best game for you.
If you like committing ritual suicide to maintain your honor, this is the best game for you.
If you like marrying off your 10 year old daughters to your neighboring clan leader whose land holdings are a bajillion times larger than yours to make sure they don't kill you, this is the best game for you.
If you enjoy the sweet taste of victory after you have just slaughtered an entire clan, this is the best game for you.
If you like samurai, this is the best game for you.
If you like staring out your window while planning world domination, this is the best game for you.
If you like tea ceremonies, this is the best game for you.
If you like having to take a break from the game so you can figure out what the ♥♥♥♥ just happened and how you are all of a sudden fighting a war against all of your neighbors except that one guy Steve because he married your 10 year old daughter, this is the best game for you.

This game is amazing. It is a grand strategy game set in the Sengoku Jidai period of Japan. It is totally unfair how this game is considered "mixed" simply because everyone is comparing it to Crusader Kings. I call bull on that.

11/10 Would appease larger clans until enough people want to stab them in the back, then kill that entire family
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12 of 14 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
162.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 5
Great game, still some bugs but really alot of options. I crashed twice but the yearly saves saved me twice...

Could be compared to Europa Universalis but this is easier and more war based.

A great intro to grand strategy and not as easy as you might think
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10 of 12 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
130.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 19
While is true that this game lacks options and your loyal vassals do whatever they please at war and let you get slaughtered without batting an eyelash, I had fun playing my Date campaigns.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
20.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 6
This game is for those 27 year olds that need to learn how to count. The game is about putting numbers together and when you get the right amount you win! I will not tell you this number as that would be a spolier! This game is super addictive due to how high your numbers can go!
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