Romance of the Three Kingdoms IV: Wall of Fire

aka: RTK 4, Sangokushi, Sangokushi IV
Moby ID: 3266
Note: We may earn an affiliate commission on purchases made via eBay or Amazon links (prices updated 5/22 9:37 PM )

Description official descriptions

The Three Kingdoms era of Chinese history is the setting for this strategic war game. Select one of 38 leaders and guide your people to power by military or diplomatic means in an isometrically viewed world. Military tactics such as well-placed taunts and deliberate enemy confusion are on offer. Weaponry includes catapults and automatic-firing crossbows.

Spellings

  • 三國志 - Game Boy Advance Japanese spelling
  • 三國志IV - Japanese spelling

Groups +

Screenshots

Promos

Credits (SNES version)

Production
Music Composers (uncredited)

Reviews

Critics

Average score: 63% (based on 17 ratings)

Players

Average score: 3.6 out of 5 (based on 67 ratings with 1 reviews)

KOEI is rare example that proves some developers can create better sequals than its already legendary predecessors...

The Good
Ahh...Chinese history. Romance of the Three Kingdoms to me was a history teacher that actually spoke the same language and successfully educated you on the subject in hand. History a fun subject? Not in this life-time, not in any life time, except of course if introduced by KOEI.

Romance of the Three Kingdoms series is extremely rare example in the strategy genre. How many strategy games do YOU know that have even passed the THIRD sequel with the same story? Yes, the SAME STORY. You can't change the historical texts introduced in strategy games in historical games like RTK, yet they've succeeded someway in making it a continuing effort that still ignites interest and curiosity of the players.

Well, I'm not quite sure how they did it but I'll tell you the things they did (of which I've noticed). First thing I'd like to applaud is the Music. SUCH BEAUTIFUL MUSIC! Egad, sometimes just turn on the computer run the game and intentionally sleep just to here the music. It's almost like oriental paradise (whatever that is). A BIG 10++ for whoever composed the songs in RTK IV.

Second, the graphics were much better than RTK III. It's amazing that so much has changed from RTK I to RTK IV, more detail, more color, more everything. They even put female characters now. Plus, you can have a lot of kids! Character creation was never better!

Third, is probably the main reason people can't get enough of RTK, more strategy. Unlike some irritating strategy games in my life time (of which I greatly suspect some developers NEVER ever played the games they created), RTK made more complex strategy approaches but still user friendly, especially to veteran players (Unlike some idiotic games like Master of Orion III was an extreme disappointment. Don't expect a MOO4 anytime soon in the distant future. Oh, back again to the subject. RTK IV in that time was probably the best example of Strategic Diplomacy. Yes, plots and schemes were taken very seriously and had direct affect. Compare to Ho-Hum diplomacy games like Civilization. YES, Civilization..had the diplomacy capability of a common mosquito. Strange, having made 3 sequels and Civilization still has a crappy diplomatic system. Alpha Centauri had a better diplomatic system than Civ anytime any platform. Sorry, I keep walking away from the subject. And one other thing, RTK as well as any other KOEI historical game is LEGENDARY (probably dramatizing from a KOEI fan..hehehe) for its manual books. Such detail! You could read the bloody book 10 times and you probably wouldn't get bored. Strange, the fact that you've also read the manual of RTK I - RTK 3, of which describe basically the same story...strange indeed.

Well, the Educational Value of what RTK has accomplished in undeniable especially for RTK fans. Would love to have KOEI do a game on the history of my country (Indonesia) once in a while...

The Bad
Honestly, not much worth mentioning. Can't think of one...

The Bottom Line
Romance just get better and better...

Windows 3.x · by Indra was here (20752) · 2003

Trivia

Cutscenes

Versions of the game that shipped on a CD contain video cutscenes taken from the 84-part Romance of the Three Kingdoms TV series produced by China Central Television (CCTV) in 1995.

Hidden event

There's a secret hidden event in the game in which Liu Bei and his brothers pay Zhuge Liang three visits in order to recruit him as his Advisor.

Information also contributed by Nathan Taylor

Analytics

MobyPro Early Access

Upgrade to MobyPro to view research rankings!

Related Games

Romance of the Three Kingdoms XI
Released 2006 on Windows, PlayStation 2
Romance of the Three Kingdoms II
Released 1991 on DOS, 1998 on PlayStation, Windows...
Romance of the Three Kingdoms VI: Awakening of the Dragon
Released 1998 on Windows, PlayStation, 1999 on Dreamcast...
Romance of the Three Kingdoms
Released 1989 on DOS, 1994 on SNES, Windows...
Romance of the Three Kingdoms X
Released 2004 on Windows, 2005 on PlayStation 2
Romance of the Three Kingdoms VII
Released 2000 on Windows, PlayStation 2, PlayStation...
Romance of the Three Kingdoms VIII
Released 2001 on Windows, 2002 on PlayStation 2, 2007 on PSP...
Romance of the Three Kingdoms Maker
Released 2015 on Windows
Romance of the Three Kingdoms IX
Released 2003 on Windows, PlayStation 2

Identifiers +

  • MobyGames ID: 3266
  • [ Please login / register to view all identifiers ]

Contribute

Are you familiar with this game? Help document and preserve this entry in video game history! If your contribution is approved, you will earn points and be credited as a contributor.

Contributors to this Entry

Game added by XCool.

PSP, PS Vita, PlayStation 3 added by Charly2.0. SNES added by PCGamer77. Wii U added by Michael Cassidy. SEGA Saturn added by etempest. FM Towns, 3DO added by Infernos. Wii added by Sciere. SEGA 32X added by Terok Nor. Game Boy Advance, Macintosh added by gbcat. PC-98 added by Unicorn Lynx. PlayStation added by Ray Soderlund.

Additional contributors: Indra was here, Exodia85, Alaka, Parf, gbcat.

Game added February 7, 2001. Last modified March 20, 2024.