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Platform XBLA, Win, Windows Phone, Windows RT, iOS Publisher Microsoft Studios Developer 17-Bit Release Date 2013-01-30

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Skulls of the Shogun review: dealing with death

Skulls of the Shogun follows legendary samurai General Akamoto into the afterlife. Murdered on the eve of his greatest battle and washed up on the Shores of the Dead, Akamoto vows to achieve the victory in death that he was robbed of in life. The first few levels disguise tutorials within simple battles, but they teach strategies that remain in play through the game's final stages. Developer 17-Bit designed the basic infantry, cavalry and archer classes to rely upon each other. This buddy system's basic building block is the Spirit Wall, which allows you to arrange your troops side-by-side and create a nearly impenetrable barrier. Spirit Walls protect your archers, whose weak defensive abilities make them paper-thin on the front lines. Behind a Spirit Wall, their powerful...

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Humble Bundle: PC and Android 10 includes Fieldrunners 2, Skulls of the Shogun, more

The Humble Bundle: PC and Android 10 is live, bringing seven games for Linux, Mac, Windows PC and Android at a price of your choosing.  Games in the bundle include the adventure games Draw a Stickman: Epic, the strategy game Galcon and its multiplayer counterpart Galcon Fusion as well as the music game Symphony. Those who pay more than the average price ($4.80 as of this writing) will unlock the turn-based simulation Breach & Clear, tower defense game Fieldrunners 2, shooter Metal Slug 3 and the turn-based strategy game Skulls of the Shogun.  You can see an overview of each game in the video above. As always with the Humble Bundle, you can split your payment between the developers, the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the Child's Play Charity.  For more on Skulls of the Shogun's...

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Spelunky, Nidhogg, Escape Goat 2 and more indies coming to PlayStation 4

Sony will welcome several new games to the PlayStation 4 this summer, including Drifter, Escape Goat 2, Nidhogg, Spelunky and Skulls of the Shogun, according to several posts on the PlayStation Blog. Games will include updated visuals and social aspects via the system's capabilities, while some titles feature new content and cross-buy perks. The full list is as follows: Apotheon: "The combat in Apotheon draws mainly from our collective background as multiplayer FPS gamers. We were never much for button-mashy or combo based fighters, which I think have a bit of a stranglehold on 2D action games (especially melee focused ones). Instead of giving players a shopping list of moves and combos to memorize, we just give a set of basic actions." Axiom Verge: "Axiom Verge is a retro-styled...

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Skulls of the Shogun makes its way to iOS with cross-platform play

Skulls of the Shogun, the turn-based strategy game from 17-Bit, is now available on iOS for $4.99, the studio announced today. 17-Bit originally released Skulls of the Shogun this past January on Xbox Live Arcade, Windows PC, Windows Phone and Windows 8, and put out an expanded version, the Bone-A-Fide Edition, on Steam in July. The iOS port is the Bone-A-Fide Edition, so it includes the extra content that was contained in that version of the game. Those who buy Skulls of the Shogun on iOS will be able to play with owners of the Steam version if they log in with their Skulls Anywhere account. For $4.99, buyers will get a universal iOS app that requires iPad 2, iPad mini, iPhone 4, iPod Touch (4th generation) or newer. Skulls of the Shogun can be found in the iTunes App Store here.

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Microsoft: Cross-platform Xbox One/PC play 'makes a lot of sense'

Cross-platform play between Xbox One and Windows PC games "makes a lot of sense" as part of a "connected ecosystem across all the different devices," said Microsoft's Phil Spencer in an interview with AusGamers. Spencer, corporate vice president of Microsoft Studios, stopped short of confirming that the feature is on its way, saying, "I'm not allowed to leak things. "But I think what you're talking about makes a lot of sense," he continued. Spencer pointed out that both Xbox 360 and PC owners of the 2007 first-person shooter Shadowrun could play together, and said, "We didn't have tremendous success with that, but we learnt a lot from it." He then gave more recent examples: 17-Bit's Skulls of the Shogun, which launched earlier this year on Xbox Live Arcade, PC, Windows Phone and...

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Galak-Z: The Dimensional PAX trailer shows anime-inspired space shooting

A new trailer for Skulls of the Shogun studio 17-Bit Games' upcoming Galak-Z: The Dimensional is all about shooting things in space. Pursued by enemy spaceships through a dense asteroid field, our hero decides he has nothing left to lose and turns on his foes, laser cannons blazing. While playing, portraits of both the player character and enemy pilots appear in the bottom corners of the screen; the portraits react appropriately to the on-screen action. The hero's ship is shown going up against enemy craft both small and large as well as giant robots armed with laser swords. Luckily, he has missiles on his side. Lots and lots of missiles. Aside from the obvious anime influences in the art style, the multi-missile barrage is very reminiscent of the "Itano Circus" in the Macross...

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Skulls of the Shogun: Bone-A-Fide Edition hits Steam July 29

Skulls of the Shogun: Bone-A-Fide Edition, an expanded version of the cross-platform turn-based strategy game being released for Windows PC, will be available July 29 on Steam, developer 17-Bit announced this week. The Steam version will regularly cost $14.99, but interested parties can start playing right now by buying the game through Steam Early Access, where it is available at a 20 percent discount for $11.99. Early Access lets players get into the multiplayer beta, which offers all three modes of play: local, real-time Skulls Online and asynchronous Skulls Anywhere. The Bone-A-Fide Edition from developer 17-Bit includes a wealth of additional content beyond the original Xbox Live Arcade, Windows 8 and Windows Phone title, such as four extra levels, a new monk called the Tanuki,...

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Skulls of the Shogun devs say Microsoft is not anti-indie, but suffers from 'systemic problems'

Skulls of the Shogun ran into several problems during the game's initial publication — many of which the studio blames on launching alongside a handful of new Microsoft devices and services — but does not believe the company is "anti-indie," lead designer Borut Pfeifer told Rock Paper Shotgun. Developers 17-Bit, Plush Apocalypse Productions and Buffalo Vision felt publishing through on Xbox Live Arcade and alongside the company's new Surface tablets, Windows 8 and Async multiplayer service would help their game become successful. Pfeifer said the team didn't get the hardware until "very late," and the certification process took longer than expected. Issues with the game on one platform would be fixed only to contradict processes running on another. Pfeifer also said that during...

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Skulls of the Shogun Bone-A-Fide Edition hits Steam in July with new maps, mini-campaign, monk and more

Skulls of the Shogun, developer 17-bit's turn-based strategy game set in the samurai afterlife, is headed to Steam as the Bone-A-Fide Edition with new maps, a new monk, a new mini-campaign and more, according to the game's official website. Beyond the original campaign, which was released for Windows 8, Windows Phone and Xbox Live Arcade, the Bone-A-Fide Edition will include a mini-campaign called the Forgotten Isles, which will "challenge even die-hard skull-munchers" with four new levels. Rather than resetting like in the original campaign, troops will carry over through each level, demanding a long-term strategy. The Steam version will also include six multiplayer maps based on the Forgotten Isles, a new monk called the Tanuki (pictured above) whose bells and spells "focus on...

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Full Indie Summit to feature Mass Effect and Mark of the Ninja devs on April 10

The Full Indie Summit, a new game developers conference set to take place in Vancouver, Canada, is scheduled to run April 20 on a shoestring budget. In response to GDC Canada, a game developers conference that took place in the Canadian city several years ago but failed to be successful enough to continue operation, The Full Indie Summit is a not-for-profit event designed to avoid the traditional overhead costs of running large conferences. Tickets — which can be purchased here — are available for $10. This will be put toward costs of a 400-seat venue, as well as to food and beverages for attendees. In addition to developers from Nintendo and Sony who will describe the process of getting games onto consoles, speakers will include: Nels Anderson (Klei) - Mark of the Ninja, DeathSpankJ...

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Mortal Kombat, Skulls of the Shogun, Strider and more spotted in Steam database

Apparent listings cultivated from Steam's Content Description Record database show a handful of unannounced titles and PC ports bound for Steam, including versions of Mortal Kombat, Skulls of the Shogun and Pinball FX 2. While the Steam CDR database manages to keep titles of unannounced titles well-hidden (with names like "ValveTestApp217140"), achievement data and images scraped from Steam and SteamDB — unearthed by a handful of NeoGAF forum members — reveals content for certain Steam games not currently listed for Valve's platform: Deadpool, Mortal Kombat, and Skulls of the Shogun. Other listings point to more speculative but surprising releases, including possible listings for The King of Fighters XIII, Castle of Illusion and Strider. Art for a rumored Strider game was discovered...

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North America
  • Xbox Live Arcade
    • Released 2013-01-30
    • Publisher Microsoft Studios
    • Developer 17-Bit
    • Score 8
  • Windows
    • Released 2013-01-30
    • Publisher Microsoft Studios
    • Developer 17-Bit
    • Score 8
  • Windows Phone
    • Released 2013-01-30
    • Publisher Microsoft Studios
    • Developer 17-Bit
  • Windows RT
    • Released 2013-01-30
    • Publisher Microsoft Studios
    • Developer 17-Bit
  • iOS
    • Released 2013-11-27
    • Developer 17-Bit
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