Tag Archives: Koei

#697 – Uncharted Waters

                                                                                                                                                                     “All Hands Ahoy”?!                                                                                                               To the vineyards, “Fiddler-on-the-Roof” guy!   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Koei DEVELOPER: Koei GENRE: Strategy RELEASE DATE: November 1991   Another strategy-filled Koei misadventure, this time on the high seas. You play a Portuguese sea captain trying to reclaim your family’s noble status. Your father’s dead, lost at … Continue reading #697 – Uncharted Waters

#545 – Romance of the Three Kingdoms II

                                                                                                                                           Ancient China looks rough.                                                                                                                                        Don’t screw it up, Wang Kuang   PLAYERS: 1-12 (alternating, of course) PUBLISHER: Koei DEVELOPER: Koei GENRE: Turn-based strategy RELEASE DATE: September 1991   Recruit generals, spy on neighboring provinces, train soldiers, make alliances, go to war: a filthy year’s worth of work in Romance of … Continue reading #545 – Romance of the Three Kingdoms II

#544 – Romance of the Three Kingdoms

                                                                                                                       Koei covers are always masterfully done.                                                                                                                                                        Metals? ABSOLUTELY!   PLAYERS: 1-8 alternating PUBLISHER: Koei DEVELOPER: Koei GENRE: Turn-based strategy RELEASE DATE: October 1989   Nobunaga’s Ambition was Koei’s first “Koei” game – tons of history, tons of strategy, statistically overwhelming – but Romance of the Three Kingdoms was their first … Continue reading #544 – Romance of the Three Kingdoms

#455 – Nobunaga’s Ambition II

                                                               Ain’t no party like a daimyo party ’cause a daimyo party don’t stop!                                                                                                                                       Put that in your fief and smoke it!   PLAYERS: 1-4 alternating PUBLISHER: Koei DEVELOPER: Koei GENRE: Historical sim RELEASE DATE: April 1991   I wasn’t surprised to discover that Koei made a sequel to Nobunaga’s Ambition. … Continue reading #455 – Nobunaga’s Ambition II

#454 – Nobunaga’s Ambition

                                                                                                            One of my favorite Koei covers. Masterfully done.                                            Only .4 Ninja?! How can I expect to take over Japan with less than half of a ninja?!   PLAYERS: 1-8 alternating PUBLISHER: Koei DEVELOPER: Koei GENRE: Historical Sim RELEASE DATE: June 1989   Who wants to ride shogun, kids? Nobunaga’s Ambition … Continue reading #454 – Nobunaga’s Ambition

#366 – L’Empereur

                                                                                    Relive the past! That is NOT a request, private!                                                                                                                                        Plot a snooty French boot up your rear, Venice.   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Koei DEVELOPER: Koei GENRE: Koei– er, historical turn-based sim RELEASE DATE: November 1991   Then again, who wouldn’t want to play as Napoleon and run around conquering … Continue reading #366 – L’Empereur

#252 – Genghis Khan

  “A best seller in Japan,” at a time when that declaration meant something. Once again, an awesome cover.                                                                                                                              Not sickness… NOT SICKNESS!!!   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Koei DEVELOPER: Koei GENRE: Strategy RELEASE DATE: January 1990   This quote is taken directly from the Genghis Khan instruction manual: “In Koei simulation games, … Continue reading #252 – Genghis Khan

#251 – Gemfire

                                                                                Gotta hand it to Koei, they always produce quality covers.                                                                                                                      For shame, Flax.   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Koei DEVELOPER: Koei GENRE: Strategy RELEASE DATE: March 1992   I am awful at strategy games, which means that Koei games and I rarely get along. Quite frankly, I’m surprised Koei’s still going … Continue reading #251 – Gemfire

#54 – Bandit Kings of Ancient China

                          There’s no making fun of this cover. It’s incredible, as is the Random Access Memory Feature.                       Does this screen set your loins on fire with strategic possibilities? Bandit Kings might be for you!   PLAYERS: 1-5 simultaneous (!) PUBLISHER: Koei DEVELOPER: Koei GENRE: Strategy RELEASE DATE: December 1990   It … Continue reading #54 – Bandit Kings of Ancient China