January 30, 2013 6:00 PM | Danny Cowan
Skulls of the Shogun is a turn-based strategy game that ditches the hex/tile-based gameplay of many similar titles, giving troops a circular range of movement instead. The game's unique approach to the genre allows players to form advanced strategies -- troops can be closely lumped together to form blockades, for instance, in order to prevent enemies from threatening your more fragile units, like archers and generals.
The package is capped with some humorous dialogue and a unique setting in which undead ronin and samurai seek a shortcut to the afterlife. The game also boasts a variety of multiplayer options, including the local competitive Skulls on the Couch mode, the up to four-player Skulls Online, and the asynchronous, cross-platform Skulls Anywhere (only available for Windows 8/RT, Surface, and Windows Phone).
The Xbox Live Arcade version of Skulls of the Shogun is priced at 1200 Microsoft points ($15). The Windows 8 version is available for $9.99, while the Windows Phone edition can be had this week for $4.99.