Nobunaga's Ambitiona game by Koei
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When Oda Nobunaga declared he could unify the warring states of medieval Japan, they told him it was all in his head. Now that real-life history can be in your head, too.
Nobunaga's Ambition is an ambitious Genesis role-playing/strategy game, where the thrill lies in watching numbers grow and diminish, not fancy graphics or animation. You and up to eight samurai pals play as Daimyos, or warlords. The game presents four historical scenarios, which cover Japan's civil war period from 1467 to 1600. Your goal in each is to conquer all the country's fiefdoms (up to 50) to form one nation.
Pass the Menu, Please
Like all Koei games, Nobunaga has an easy-to-use but detailed menu-driven interface that activates a load of complex commands. Four main menus open 19 submenus, and one of these has 12 sub-sub-menus. Your powers include raising cash by growing rice, recruiting soldiers, deploying Ninja assassins, and bribing enemies, among myriad other things. The results of your machinations show up as numbers, so you use your imagination to visualize the action...and, as Koei fans will testify, it works!
Warfare in this game is a chess-style challenge in which you move five army units across a grid system. Again, the visuals are simple, and victory's based on your ability to trim enemy numbers before he subtracts all yours. It's mental, but fun.
This game's truly a mind game. If you have a yen for Japanese history, a yen for number-crunching, or just a yen for yen, maybe Nobunaga's Ambition can be your ambition, too.
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