Categories: Turn-Based, Tactics
Meta Score: 81
Store: Skulls of the Shogun (Price: $ 0,65)
User Score: 80.0
Platform: Xbox 360, PC, iOS (iPhone/iPad), PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch
Publisher Names: Microsoft Game Studios
Support Language: English*, German, French, Italian, Spanish – Spain, Simplified Chinese
Publish Date: 2013-01-30

PC Requirements:


  • 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


Los Angeles, California and Seattle, Washington Haunted Temple Studios announces Skulls of the Shogun, an invigorating cocktail of 1960s flavored sorcery and strategy in development for major gaming platforms. Washing up on the shores of the afterlife, players meet and join forces with vibrant ghost-samurai warriors, magical animal-monks, and mustachioed samurai generals on the way to capture Skulls of the Shogun. With its roots in classic turn-based strategy gaming, Skulls of the Shogun retains depth and adds a smooth, simple interface that makes it accessible and enjoyable even to players new to the genre. Players immerse themselves in battle with fun and unique game play features amidst lush, eerie environments. Also featuring 4-player local and networked multi-player and an original score inspired by old samurai films and dub, Skulls of the Shogun offers simple-yet-deep, refined and offbeat game-play.

Positive Comment(s)

Skulls of the Shogun requires patience and a knowledge of the gameplay. This is not a game that can be won by brute force or guesswork like some strategy games.100DarkStation
One of the finest console strategy games ever. [Jan 2013, p.96]90Official Xbox Magazine UK
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.90Eurogamer
Nifty perks aside, Skulls of the Shogun is one of the best strategy games I have ever played thanks to its elegant accessibility and addicting depth, and you’d be foolish to pass it by.90Game Revolution
Accessible, surprisingly innovative and completely engrossing. [Issue#95, p.87]90X-ONE Magazine UK
The battlefields in this turn-based tactics gem are as numerous as they are varied. This is tactical entertainment at its
It’s the kind of strategy game that I love; it lets you visualize and execute your best-laid plans, even if they can go down in flames. [Feb 2013, p.92]85Game Informer
Skulls of the Shogun is anything but a typical turn-based strategy game, and not just because of its colorful cartoon style and silly sense of humor.85Official Xbox Magazine
It’s a fine introduction to strategy games for those intimidated of the genre, even if it has its challenges along the way.85Machinima
Skulls of the shogun can provide hours of fun. If you love strategic genre check this out.85SpazioGames

Negative Comment(s)

Skulls of the Shogun is a light entertainment that remains enjoyable for just about every minute of its six- or seven-hour life span.75GameSpot
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.75Meristation
Wickedly irreverent and cartoonishly outrageous. [Nov 2012, p.96]70Edge Magazine
Skulls’ hardcore appeal may be limited, but for those looking for a simple, easy to understand turn-based strategy title, it’s really solid.70IGN
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.70Metro GameCentral
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.60Eurogamer Sweden

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