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Gujin Shogi : A Strategy Game Not Really Related To Shogi

What the game has in common with shogi is the shape of the pieces, the military theme
and the fact that it was invented in Japan ( apparently before WW2 )
The goal is to capture the enemy flag and the game requires a third person acting
as an empire.
Each player has 23 pieces : 1 flag / 12 officers / 2 planes / 2 tanks / 1 cavalry /
2 engineers / 1 spy / 2 land mines
There are hidden pieces ( spies ), the system is hierarchical, stonger pieces
defeat weaker ones with some exceptions and special actions ( for. ex. a plane cannot
of course be destroyed by land mines, engineers can desctivate land mines )

One popular version in Japan is the one sold by Hanayama

There are several video games versions of Gujin Shogi :
for ex. on Toshiba MSX, Famicom, Super Famicom, PS1, PS3/PSP/Vita

Gujin Shogi by Hanayama
Family Gujin Shogi PS1 2002
Toshiba MSX 1985
Kaettekita! Gunjin Shogi: Nanya Sore!? Famicom 1989
Heisei Gunjin Shogi Super Famicom 1996