Romance of the Three Kingdoms III: Dragon of Destiny

a game by Koei

Platform: SNESSNES

Genre: Strategy/War

See also: Romance of the Three Kingdoms Games

Romance of the Three Kingdoms III is a fine conqueror- take-all game. You'll plan long-range strategy to unite all of Ancient China by waging war on your unneighborly neighbors. Although it's even more sparse in the graphics and sound departments than most Koei games, the simulation is excellent. As usual, you should march into any Koei game with a head for numbers and Asian names, an eye for icons, and hands that have plenty of time on 'em.

Romantic China

You play six scenarios with starting dates ranging from 189 A.D. to 235 A.D. The game's massive menu system is simple to use, but deciphering the abbreviated command labels and the plethora of icons requires a close read of the manual. Eight major commands access a mess of menus that delegate tasks to a stable of Generals. If you like, you can build your own characters, determining their character data, gender, and even their faces.

ProTips:

  • Invest Gold in Development -- of your Economy and your Cultivation -- during every turn, If possible.
  • Search for Hua Tuo the Healer to treat your wounded officers.
  • Spying is essential to your stratagems. Be sure to give your spy plenty of spying time to do his job.

Among the multitudinous tasks required to lead your state, you must develop your economy, feed your people, and buy and sell goods. To prepare for war, you draft soldiers, train troops, recruit officers, and spy on your neighbors.

Wars between the States

Romance warfare consists of serious number-crunching. Preparation is 90 percent of winning any battle, since victory via the easily executed turn-based combat system is primarily dependent upon your army facing an inferior numerical force.

  • Ambushes are very effective against superior forces.
  • Spreading False Rumors can affect an enemy unit that's ready to fold.

There are 22 battlefields found on four types of terrain, including the famous Great Wall. You can also engage in naval warfare, and take on an enemy commander in a CPU- refereed one-on-one fight.

Eye Sore, Ear Poor

The graphics, never a standout for Koei, are even more plain than usual. Static portraits of the characters are great, but the Main Map of China seriously strains your eyes with tiny icons. The battle graphics between fighting units are miniscule, and you don't even get Koei's cartoony horses and soldiers. The sparse sounds are dominated by a rich, Asian-sounding, orchestral soundtrack, which unfortunately drives you crazy with its repetition.

Time for Romance?

The joy in RTK III is about watching numbers grow (for example, at harvest time) and shrink (when you knock off enemy soldiers). If you have a mind for it, it's great fun. However, first-time Koei gamers should probably go for easier- to-digest SNES fare such as Gemfire or even Genghis Khan II. If you're already Koei crazy, you can't help yourself-you'll love Romance.

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SNES Romance of the Three Kingdoms III: Dragon of Destiny download
  • Super NES
  • Simulation

Romance of the Three Kingdoms 3 takes place during the great upheaval in China's history. Three warlords, each fighting for the power to become Emperor, have gathered their forces.

To many this means war, for others prosperity. You must assume the role of a lord in this time.

Use military action, or political finesse to get your goals accomplished. In the tradition of the Koei games before this one, you will find that this cart is so in-depth, you will actually learn something. Play in a fictional mode, or in a realistic simulation of what really happened.

This is a great simulation. To some it may seem boring, but give it a chance. You'll get hooked in no time to its intrigue.

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