GameClub Skulls of the Shogun - (by 17-BIT, Inc.)

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  1. Crabman

    Crabman Well-Known Member

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    I would be careful with such statements.As written above,i love strategy (especially TBS)but this here is not for me .Though i'm not saying this is a bad game,looks very polished.Just a bit to...special..for my taste :)
     
  2. ScotDamn

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    In an effort to find reasons why TBS fans may not like this game, could you define "special"?
     
  3. ddevil

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    I think im ditching this game until achivement is "achievabal" hehe.
     
  4. MasterChief3624

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    How many times can you misspell the same word and its several permutations in the same sentence? :eek:
     
  5. Nekku

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    The story telling is hilarious! Great game.
     
  6. ddevil

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    My bad hah-. The lack of auto correct is making me weak ><
     
  7. Baracus

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    #207 Baracus, Dec 28, 2013
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    Fair enough comment although I too would like to know what you mean by "special" in this case.

    I should elaborate a bit on my description. Honestly I could write many hundreds of words about this game but I know nobody would read it here :D

    Here's a few things that, if you LIKE TBS, and you LIKE the sound of these points then you would likely like the game!

    - its funny both story and animations (not serious) so a bit jokey/ lightweight compared to wargames
    - it's not too complex or longwinded in terms of number of units and upgrade levels or tech tree to understand and memorize
    - but there is always several viable good moves so always decisions to make for how to prioritise your 5 moves.
    - it doesn't require precise placement of units so there is some flexibility and leeway to what you can reach within one "move" so it cuts down on frustration, speeds up the game and very suited to touch controls.
    - game plays fast when you know enough to plan ahead. You can speed up enemy animations so AI or other players turn plays out really quick, just enough for you to see what happened.
    - visual feedback of what will happen if you attack is excellent (and fun) so the UI is not cluttered with info
    - there's a couple of neat little mechanics that aren't essential to use but I can see how they will become more critical in higher level PvP play such as forming walls with your units to protect ones behind and positioning yourself to push enemies into spikes (thorns) or off ledges when you attack (like in Squids). A fun extra layer to think about differently on each map.

    Some negative points:
    - when you have a lot of units close to each other (yours and enemy) with a lot of skulls and other scenery objects you can interact with it can be hard to select the thing you want.
    - when the rice runs out its easy to overpower the AI. Not sure what that means for PvP play but I guess it will make the game pretty rushy/ fast so not necessarily bad.

    By the way I didn't play campaign on hard yet (still completing feet time around) so it could be more interesting to see what the AI does then if you try to wear them down.
     
  8. ^ I read it. lol.

    Anyhow, I'm always conservative about losing units and that inturn lets the AI dominate the rice on the field. It gets really difficult for me but if I can destroy all of their units until they run out, then I can overpower them. But for me personally, if I let them grab all the rice I have a nightmare..
     
  9. EnGeneral

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    if anything, the main game is too easy. you can haunt less than half the rice paddies on the field, play conservatively, and gradually overcome their forces, especially with a few demon units (particularly archers; when protected). the AI is very competent but not brilliant. they occasionally make unintelligent moves. i really enjoyed playing through the game but found it did not improve very much in difficulty throughout, merely variety, and i was slightly underwhelmed...

    ...until i began to tackle the task of gaining 3 gold skulls on every level, aspects of the game opened up. those forcing you to finish in a certain number or turns test your ability to offensively sweep the enemies. when you combine that with not losing a single ally, or the various other challenges, it gets genuinely interesting. some even require multiple attempts, if you didn't gain the skulls the first time, as goals contradict.

    i have 3 gold skulls for every level up until the frozen lands, and i'm very happy with the my time spent on this game and the longevity it has -- i haven't attempted the bonus scenario on the forgotten isles, yet. it went from enjoyable to excellent.

    artwork, humour and writing are superb, also. gameplay is well balanced and the demon mechanic is great. an akamoto with three actions and a red potion is fearsome.
     
  10. Baracus

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    It's quite expensive (in terms of number of moves needed) to create new units coz you have to waste attacking opportunities by haunting the rice fields, and then a haunt of a temple or whatever the unit factory is called, and another action to make the unit. I found better to focus on keeping your units grouped, don't split them up to get ALL the rice, and move fairly together so you can always at least treble up attacks each round on smaller groups of enemies (coz they DO tend to split up).

    And generally try to get to their general ASAP not taking out EVERY enemy on the way unless it fits with the direction you need to go to find their general anyway. As I assume you know killing the general will end the mission no matter how many other allies he has. Not saying this always works but I definitely don't haunt much rice in my games so far.
     
  11. Power Gamer

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    Bug report

    When you get a timer alert, both sound and music disappear until you restart the app. iOS 6.13

    This is not the first game with this issue. Fixing might be easy, others have done it already.
     
  12. Ryan187

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    How is this on the 6 Plus? It's between this and banner Saga for me.
     
  13. ramzarules

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    Does it run on ios 8.1?
     
  14. Luciano1084

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    #215 Luciano1084, Dec 29, 2014
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    Weird how this thread went completely silent a month after the game's release.. I'd love some recent feedback on this.. Most importantly if it runs ok on ios 8. Where you guys at? Lol.. The game has really good reviews in the App Store and on steam.. Strange how this thread went dead :/
     
  16. andysmash

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    The game is easily beaten in a fairly short amount of time and the multiplayer, while fun, doesn't warrant much discussion. I love the game, so this isn't an insult to it, but what is there to talk about?
     
  17. Luciano1084

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    So there isn't much replay value huh? I've heard comparisons to XCOM and advanced wars

    BTW thanks for the reply :)
     
  18. ramzarules

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    It works on ios8, ive been playing it since it went on sale
     
  19. Luciano1084

    Luciano1084 Well-Known Member

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    Thank you brother.. I'm itching to buy something new.. Downloading :)
     
  20. hincy89

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    #220 hincy89, Oct 20, 2015
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    Crashes on iOS 9
     

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