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Nobunaga's Ambition (DOS)

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In the 16th century, Japan's Sengoku ("Warring States") period divided the nation into numerous feudal states, each ruled by a daimyo. These daimyos would often go to war with each other. Many dreamt of conquering the land, becoming the Shogun and ruling the entire country. One of those daimyos was the ambitious Nobunaga Oda, a merciless ruler and a renowned strategist. Players take on the role of Nobunaga Oda or one of many other daimyos to try to conquer Japan.

Nobunaga's Ambition is a turn-based strategy game which can be played in different modes. Gameplay is similar to Koei's better known Romance of the Three Kingdoms game. Players begin by selecting either a 17 regions scenario or a larger 50 scenario. Then, the player must select a daimyo, each of which is rated attributes in several categories; Age, Health, Ambition, Luck, Charm and IQ. As the game progresses, these values change depending on events in the game. The age value represents a time limit of sorts, as an elderly daimyo becomes increasingly likely to die of old age or sickness.

During each of turn (one per season), players can issue one of several commands from a menu. They include: Recruiting new soldiers, Training the army, Buying Weapons, Increasing Peasant morale, Forming alliances or Hiring Ninjas to bribe & assassinate. When one player attacks another, there is a war fought over the defender's region. Battles are fought in an overhead-view hex battle map. Each player takes turn moving units and issuing orders, which include attack, move, bribe and surrender. The goal is to defeat all of the enemy units (or force them into surrender). Army units each have a certain weakness against other types of enemies, and are also affected by the terrain.


Nobunaga's Ambition DOS The other daimyos battle amongst each other. Be patient and attack when one of them is weakened
Nobunaga's Ambition DOS During battle you can give these orders to your units.
Nobunaga's Ambition DOS Use hills, towns & castles to your advantage
Nobunaga's Ambition DOS The 50 regions map is large, conquering it all is quite a challenge

Alternate Titles

  • "信长之野望" -- Chinese title (simplified)
  • "信長の野望・全国版" -- Japanese spelling
  • "Nobunaga no Yabō: Zenkokuban" -- Japanese title

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User Reviews

Quite a good game, if you manage to survive the first few turns, that is. Roedie (5226) 2.6 Stars2.6 Stars2.6 Stars2.6 Stars2.6 Stars

The Press Says

Computer Gaming World (CGW) Oct, 1990 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Power Play Apr, 1991 68 out of 100 68


Topic # Posts Last Post
Battle ? 1 DANIEL HAWKS ! (1910)
Jun 22, 2008


This is actually the first game in the large Nobunaga's Ambition series. At the moment (February 2002) the series consist of (at least) 9 games. However, the vast majority of them are/were only on sale in Japan, South Korea and China: guessably, the strong emphasis on Japanese history doesn't work very well in being appealing to the western audience.
Roedie (5226) added Nobunaga's Ambition (DOS) on Feb 19, 2002
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