Anything Can Be A Tower Defense Game. Even Romance Of The Three Kingdoms

By Eugene . October 20, 2013 . 12:30pm


You can make anything into a tower defense game, and that also includes the historically rich Romance of the Three Kingdoms series. While traditionally it’s been a slow, turn-based empire-building game ala Civilization or others of that ilk, it’s also got plenty of things in other genres like its own brawler title.


Now, we’re getting Impregnable Romance of the Three Kingdoms: The Time of Shu’s Copper Sparrow. Yes, that sounds odd, and it’s not really set in the actual canon of the series either—developers Klon are creating a version with characters being rough parallels of the real Three Kingdoms such as Sou Sou instead of Cao Cao.


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It seems players’ towers will be actual characters that, once placed, have a certain leeway to move around and chase foes as they march down the pathways towards your castle. They’ll also have their own specific attack patterns, making it even more strategic to plan which character to deploy on fights. You can also have them unleash special moves that will (hopefully) devastate enemy ranks. Somewhere in there there’s also a story waiting to happen for protagonist Kyou and the kingdom of Shu.


Impregnable Romance of the Three Kingdoms: The Time of Shu’s Copper Sparrow will be out for the Nintendo 3DS on the 28th of November in Japan.


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  • ReidHershel

    > Romance of Kingdoms
    > Tecmo Koei
    > Tower Defense
    > Not on iOS

    • This picture speaks to me O_O

    • Kumiko Akimoto

      Yep cause it’d have a better chance of coming over here or would be actually decent if it wasn’t on an iphone hahahaha
      i couldn’t keep a straight face

    • fairysun

      Yes please.

  • wererat42

    “Sou Sou instead of Cao Cao”
    Sou Sou is just how the Japanese write and say Cao Cao. If it were translated into English the name would be rendered as Cao Cao, just like Dynasty Warriors.

    • Shizumasa

      I knew someone was going to say this.

    • Mr_SP

      Well, unless they don’t, such as in Koihime Musou and Ikkitousen.

      And if I want to get *really* nitpicky, Japanese write Cao Cao the same way the Chinese do… It’s just that the same words have different pronunciations.

  • LunarKnite

    Actually, there was a DSi game published by Aksys called Defense of the Middle Kingdom which was a tower defense game based off of the Three Kingdoms Period.

  • Alicemagic

    It’s more like “Romance of the Three Kingdoms can apply to any video game genre ever”.

    • Warboss Aohd

      even a FPS if ya wanna go dere, with Xiahou Yuan an’ such wit a bow.

    • LunarKnite

      I’d like to see a RotK shmup.

      • AndyLC

        Zhuge Liang flying around, hurling stratagems across the screen.

        • LunarKnite

          If it were more Dynasty Warriors inspired, Huang Gai on his metal boat weapon throwing hand bombs. Or Pang Tong flying on his staff hurling fire balls. Or Zhuge Liang flying using wind power shooting lazer beams.

          I think I’ve found a pet project.

    • J_Joestar

      it should be like weird Video game rule 34, “If there is a Video Game Genre, then there is a Rot3k game of for it”
      with it’s own Rule 35 “If a Rot3k game doesn’t exist for a certain VG genre, then it will be made”.

  • tubers

    Should’ve went 2D.

    This is literally PSOne 3D graphics.

  • Daniel Jeanbaptiste

    Looks great!

  • AndyLC

    Are they turning guys into girls with this one too? I don’t remember any one eyed women in Rot3K

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