|Genghis Khan II: Clan of the Gray Wolf|
Super NES cover art
|Platform(s)||MSX2, Nintendo Entertainment System, MS-DOS, Sharp X68000, NEC PC-9801, PC-8801, Sega Genesis, Super NES, Sega CD, TurboGrafx-16, PlayStation, Wii (Virtual Console)|
NES, SNES, Genesis
PC Engine CD
Wii Virtual Console
|Mode(s)||Single-player or two-player game|
Genghis Khan II: Clan of the Gray Wolf, originally released as Aoki ?kami to Shiroki Mejika: Genchou Hishi (?), is a 1992 video game developed by Koei. It is part of Koei's Historical Simulation Series of games, and is the sequel to Genghis Khan, though this is the third game in the series. Genghis Khan II was developed and published for MSX2, Nintendo Entertainment System, DOS, X68000, PC-9801, PC-8801, Mega Drive/Genesis, Super NES, Sega CD, PC Engine, and later PlayStation. The Super NES version was also made available on the Wii Virtual Console in North America on June 8, 2009 and in Japan on May 11, 2010.
The player is given the option to conquer either the country of Mongolia as Temujin, the man who would one day become Genghis Khan himself, or as one of three other rivals in that region; or to take over the known world of the time as one of several rulers from throughout Europe, mainland Asia, and North Africa. Conquests are made through the balance of economy, population, buying and selling manufactured goods, family relations, promoting and demoting generals, developing military, all in a turn-based fashion. All of these actions can happen only within a given number of "turn points", so some actions are given priority while others are overlooked. The game also includes a turn-based battle sequence, allowing specific control to the player or delegated to a general.
In the first scenario, it is the year 1184 AD in Mongolia; the player has the option of controlling four different characters. Your job is to become ruler of the Mongolian steppes (basically control all of Mongolia). At the end of this scenario, if you beat it by 1212 AD, you can take on the rest of the world in the fourth scenario, World Conquest. You get to lead the fight with the ruler you chose, and your choice of eight generals, and an advisor.
Players are also given the option of leading various other nations in all of the worldwide scenarios. These nations suffer from a lack of relatives as generals and significantly weaker leaders. Also absent is the ability to hire the elite Mongol units, largely viewed as the most powerful of all units in the game.
The Mongol Empire faded into history.-- The game after the Mongols are wiped out
This scenario enables the player to take over the world (that part of the world which was known at the time, including Europe, North Africa, and mainland Asia). The player can select to lead one of several countries, each with their varying strengths and weaknesses (for example, only when occupying Japan can you draft Samurai, and Japan is the starting point for the Kamakura Shogun). In the Korean version of the game the player is able to play as the Goryeo Kingdom, the Korean dynasty during the Mongol invasions.
The fourth scenario, World Conquest, is unlocked for the year 1185 AD, but only after you've successfully completed the conquest of Mongolia in the first scenario. The ruler you chose in the first scenario now attempts to take over the world with his Mongol hordes. In this scenario, Genghis Khan is the default leader of the Mongol Empire, with the eight best generals and the best advisor of all the scenarios.
An important aspect to the game is to raise your family; choose who your daughter is going to marry and who will succeed your ruler when he dies. As is the case with any scenario, without any successors, the game is over. A strong family-oriented empire is less susceptible to revolutions. The US version of the game removed the harem subgame entirely, in which you raised your affinity with one of your wives, much like a dating simulation game.
Appointing one's son as a general or governor or marrying one's daughter to an already appointed general or governor guarantees that as governor of a province he will not rebel and declare independence from the player's empire. This is especially important when controlling large numbers of provinces, as multiple governors may decide to declare independence at the same time.
If a governor declares independence, a new country is formed in that state, and all troops and resources in that state become at the disposal of the rebellious general. There is no battle for control of the province, as the governor is already established; however, if there is a peasant uprising in a player-controlled province, the computer chooses a general to command units of troops against the governor of that province; then the appointed governor must fight a pitched battle for control of the province. If the peasant rebellion wins, or if the province does not have any troops to defend it, then the general in charge of the victorious army forms a new country in that province.
Electronic Games reviewed the SNES version in 1993 and scored it 83%.Computer Gaming World in 1994 rated the PC version four stars out of five, approving of its combining tactical and strategic play, strong and non-cheating AI, easy-to-learn game play, and lack of bugs. The game was reviewed in 1995 in Dragon #213 by Jay & Dee in the "Eye of the Monitor" column. The reviewers were uncertain how to rate the game, with Jay giving the game "2½ maybe 3" out of 5 stars, and Dee giving it 2 or 3.