NintendoLife writes: "Koei's 'Universal Ruler' simulator lets you live the life of the Mongol legend himself. You'll go where he goes, defile what he defiles and eat who he eats. But before you misjudge this game as an indecipherable Japanese take on medieval Mongolian life, understand that Genghis Khan II is actually a conquer the world style game (think Risk meets Civilization) in which you can play a variety of different countries ranging from England to the Byzantine Empire, to Japan, and yes, even Mongolia. The first Genghis Khan game in the series offered perhaps the best example of the genre. So does the sequel build on that foundation?"