DOS - 1988
Description of Nobunaga's Ambition
Developed by KOEI Co., Ltd. and published by KOEI Corporation, Nobunaga's Ambition (also known as 信长之野望, 信長の野望・全国版, Nobunaga no Yabō: Zenkokuban) is a strategy game revolving around historical battle (specific/exact), turn-based. It was published in 1988, feel free to download and play it now!
Essentially Romance of The Three Kingdoms with Japan as a backdrop, the game chronicles the achievements of Oda Nobunaga, a shrewd daimyo who came close to the ultimate title of shogun in one of the most properous and tumultous periods in Japanese history. Play as Nobunaga himself or one of his rivals for a greater challenge (because they have inferior starting statistics).
This is not as difficult as RTK games because there are fewer territories to conquer, but still very engrossing due to its emphasis on RPG-style character traits and "realistic" personnel management (e.g. you can entice the enemies' generals to defect with gifts, recruit free warriors, search for new talent, etc).
Definitely a must play for any KOEI fan and an interesting historical wargame for anyone interested in Japanese history, or how crucial your generals' loyalty is in the thick of war.
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Comments and reviews
Kurt 2012-12-25 0 point
Oops, looks like Sogo was #40. But, he was the one I used. Also being on an island helped keep the attackers down to just a couple. Kono would attack on the 1st turn every time.
Kurt 2012-12-25 0 point
On SNES, I beat this game on the hardest level using SOGO #42. He starts the game at age 6 and using game mechanics in battles, I could get an attacking armies whole army if I was able to get their Daimyo to retreat from a battle. At age 6, I could outlast some of the older Daimyos and buy their land in the middle game. Assassination against weaker ones worked as well.
I don't know if I could reproduce those results now, but it was fun at the time.
Jamie 2012-05-07 0 point
Haha i paid £70 for this game back in 88 got it on import great game brings back happy memorys
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