Romance of the Three Kingdoms III: Dragon of Destiny

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Romance of the Three Kingdoms III:
Dragon of Destiny
Romance of the Three Kingdoms III - Dragon of Destiny coverart.png
Composer(s)Minoru Mukaiya
SeriesRomance of the Three Kingdoms
Platform(s)MS-DOS, PC-9801, Sharp X68000, FM Towns, PC Engine, Super NES, Genesis, Sega CD, PlayStation, Windows 95
  • JP: 5 February 1992
SNES, Mega Drive
  • JP: 8 November 1992
  • NA: 4 February 1993
  • JP: 5 February 1993
PC Engine Super CD-ROM
  • JP: 1 October 1993
  • JP: 22 February 2001
Windows 95
  • JP: 8 June 2001
Genre(s)Turn-based strategy
Mode(s)Single Player, Multi Player

Romance of the Three Kingdoms III: Dragon of Destiny is the third in the Romance of the Three Kingdoms series of turn-based strategy games produced by Koei and based on the historical novel Romance of the Three Kingdoms. This version was released in Asia and North America for the PC, Super Nintendo Entertainment System and Mega Drive/Genesis. It is also the only SNES game to be fully translated into Chinese.[1]


The non-combat interface

Upon starting the game, players choose from one of six scenarios that determine the initial layout of power in ancient China. The scenarios loosely depict allegiances and territories controlled by the warlords as according to the novel, although gameplay does not follow events in the novel after the game begins.

The six scenarios and the warlords present in each are listed as follows:

  1. Dong Zhuo's reign of terror (AD 189)
  2. Warlords struggle for power (AD 194)
  3. Liu Bei seeks shelter in Xinye (AD 201)
  4. Emergence of the Crouching Dragon (AD 208)
  5. Rise of the Three Kingdoms (AD 221)
  6. Jiang Wei inherits Kongming's legacy (AD 235)

The PC-Engine CD-ROM version includes an additional scenario:

  • The Yellow Turban Rebellion (AD 184)

After choosing the scenario, players determine which warlord(s) they will control. Custom characters may be inserted into territories unoccupied by other forces. A total of 46 different cities exist, as well as hundreds of unique characters. Each character has several statistics: War Ability, Intelligence, Politics, Charisma, Army Command, Naval Command.

The player wins the game by conquering all territories in China. This is accomplished by being in control of every city on the map.


Review scores
Electronic Entertainment9 out of 10[2]

Computer Gaming World stated in April 1994 that Romance of the Three Kingdoms III offered a "wondrous" look at an era of Chinese history, praising the game's detail and flexible play options.[4] Mega called it "[o]dd, aloof, but eventually addictive".[3]


  1. ^ byuu. "Help needed - most wanted cartridges". Retrieved October 25, 2016.
  2. ^ Brenesal, Barry (March 1994). "Romance of the Three Kingdoms III". Electronic Entertainment. 1 (3): 84.
  3. ^ a b Bilson, Joss (May 1994). "Romance of the Three Kingdoms III: Dragon of Destiny". Mega. 1 (20): 41.
  4. ^ Coleman, Terry Lee (April 1994). "Dragon Of Destiny". Computer Gaming World. pp. 164, 166.

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