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Another in the long line of Koei strategy games, this one takes place in 206 B.C. as two rival warlords, Liu Bang and Xiang Yu fight for control of China. The gameplay consists of viewing overhead maps, showing cities and armies, letting the player view the battles which consists of a castle siege and an open-field battle.

Among the many options, the player can choose to move or attack among others such as sending secret night raids into enemy camps, take control of towns and cities, set up ambushes and even dam up rivers to divert them into flooding out an enemy fortress.

The goal of the game is to destroy the enemy army and take control of all the cities in China by building armies and raising taxes in occupied territories in order to build the army. The player can choose either Lui Bang or Xiang Yu, playing against the computer or go head-to-head against a friend.


Rise of the Phoenix SNES Options
Rise of the Phoenix SNES Sneaking can decrease spirit
Rise of the Phoenix SNES Choose a leader
Rise of the Phoenix SNES Details of cities

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Alternate Titles

  • "項劉記" -- Japanese and Chinese (traditional) spelling
  • "Xiang Liu Ji" -- Chinese title
  • "Kōryūki" -- Japanese title

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Mega Fun Apr, 1995 72 out of 100 72
GamePro (US) May, 1995 3.5 out of 5 70
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Mar, 1995 34 out of 50 68
Video Games & Computer Entertainment May, 1995 6 out of 10 60


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Big John WV (27242) added Rise of the Phoenix (SNES) on Jun 08, 2008
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