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Setting: Chinese Three Kingdoms era

Group Description

This group includes games set in the time period in Chinese history between ca. 168 A.D and 280 A.D., known as the Three Kingdoms era (simplified Chinese: 三国). It began after the decline and fall of the Han Dynasty after the Yellow Turban Rebellion, and ended with the destruction of the Wei kingdom which later became the Jin Dynasty. The three kingdoms refer to Shu (in today's Sichuan province), initially ruled by Liu Bei and later led by the renowned strategist Zhuge Liang; Wei (Northern China), ruled by Cao Cao and his sons; and Wu (South-East China), ruled by the Sun family.

The historical events of the era were later depicted in the novel Sanguo Yanyi (三国演义, Romance of the Three Kingdoms) by the 14th century Chinese writer Luo Guanzhong (simplified Chinese: 罗贯中). Many subsequent works of fiction (including video games) followed the characteristics given to the historical figures of the Three Kingdoms era in the novel. For example, they tended to portray Liu Bei and other leaders of the Shu kingdom as the positive heroes, while Cao Cao was regarded as the main antagonist.

In South East Asia, the translation Samkok of the Hokkian dialect is more commonly known for Three Kingdoms.

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Game Titlesorted in ascending orderYearPlatformPublisherMobyScore
Romance of the Three Kingdoms1985Amiga, DOS, J2ME, MSX, NES, PC-88, PC-98, Sharp X68000, SNES, WonderSwanKOEI Corporation3.97
Destiny of an Emperor1989NESCapcom U.S.A., Inc.3.67
Dynasty Wars1989Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Arcade, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, TurboGrafx CD, ZX SpectrumCapcom U.S.A., Inc.1.70
Romance of the Three Kingdoms II1990Amiga, DOS, FM Towns, Genesis, MSX, NES, PC-98, PlayStation, Sharp X1, Sharp X68000, SNESKOEI Corporation3.93
Tenchi o kurau II: Shokatsu Kōmei-den1991NESCapcom Co., Ltd.3.44
Sangokushi: Eiketsu Tenka ni Nozomu1991TurboGrafx CDNaxat Soft...
Romance of the Three Kingdoms III: Dragon of Destiny1992DOS, FM Towns, Genesis, PC-98, PlayStation, SEGA CD, Sharp X68000, SNES, TurboGrafx CDKOEI Corporation3.76
Sangokushi II: Haō no Tairiku1992NESNamco Limited...
Quiz Chiryaku no Hasha: Sangokushi Kitan1992PC-98SystemSoft...
Yokoyama Mitsuteru Shin Sangokushi: Tenka wa Ware ni1992TurboGrafx CDNaxat Soft...
Sango Fighter1993DOS, PC-98, Super A'canAccend Inc.3.81
Mahjong Sangokushi Engi1993PC-98SystemSoft...
Eiyū Sangokushi1993TurboGrafx CDIrem Corp....
Romance of the Three Kingdoms IV: Wall of Fire19943DO, FM Towns, PC-98, PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, SEGA 32X, SEGA Saturn, SNES, Wii, Wii U, Windows, Windows 3.xKOEI Co., Ltd.3.51
Romance of the Three Kingdoms V1995DOS, Genesis, PC-98, PlayStation, SEGA Saturn, WindowsKOEI Co., Ltd.3.67
Sango Fighter 21995DOSPanda Entertainment Technology Co., Ltd.3.62
Dynasty Warriors1997PlayStationKOEI Corporation3.75
Romance of the Three Kingdoms VI: Awakening of the Dragon1998Dreamcast, Macintosh, PlayStationKOEI Co., Ltd.4.30
Dynasty Warriors 22000PlayStation 2KOEI Co., Ltd.3.67
Romance of the Three Kingdoms VII2000Macintosh, PlayStation, PlayStation 2, PSP, WindowsKOEI Corporation4.67
Kessen II2001PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3KOEI Co., Ltd.3.57
Dynasty Warriors 32001PlayStation 2, XboxKOEI Co., Ltd.3.36
Fate of the Dragon2001WindowsEidos Interactive, Inc.3.30
Lü Bu yu Diao Chan2001WindowsSoft-World...
Dragon Throne: Battle of Red Cliffs2002WindowsStrategy First, Inc....
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Selected Covers

Dynasty Warriors PlayStation Front Cover
Front cover for Dynasty Warriors
Destiny of an Emperor NES Front Cover
Front cover for Destiny of an Emperor

Selected Screenshots

Title screen
Screenshot from Eiyū Sangokushi