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Skulls of the Shogun: Bone-A-Fide Edition

By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Challenging turn-based strategy game with skeleton warriors.

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This challenging strategy game will give even experienced game generals difficulty as they attempt to dominate the underworld with their unconventional undead forces. The coolest thing about Skulls of the Shogun: Bone-A-Fide Edition is how it removes the grid found in virtually every turn-based strategy game. Instead of moving a certain number of spaces, units can move anywhere within a circle surrounding them, then continue moving in a shrunken circle after they take their action. This allows for interesting wiggle room when navigating around objects in the environment and does away with the problem of one or two units blocking the rest of your army from reaching and attacking enemies. It takes a few missions to get a feel for it, and some elements related to this innovative style of movement could be a bit better explained during play, but it's highly empowering once you get a feel for it.

The game's unique charm goes far beyond its innovative play mechanics. Hand-drawn units and maps have a personality all their own, and the ridiculously catchy combat music will have you bopping your head during battles and leave you humming it once you stop playing. The smart dialogue is short and frequently funny. Turn-based tactics fans looking for something a bit different could do a lot worse. You'll also find that the bonus content in the Bone-A-Fide Edition is excellent. The newly added Forgotten Isles really stands out, especially thanks to the ramped up challenge to every stage with troops constantly being carried over. This provides a "see how long you can last" flair to each battle. If there was a weak spot within the Bone-A-Fide Edition, it's that the multiplayer seems to be virtually non-existent. That's to be expected for computer players or gamers on some of the older consoles, but you'd hope more people were playing the game on the recently released Switch edition. The missing multiplayer opponents aside, Skulls of the Shogun: Bone-A-Fide Edition is a great tactical strategy title that's received new life as it conquers a new platform.

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