Published On: Thu, Mar 16th, 2017

Touhou Genso Wanderer Review – Gensokyo Double Feature

NIS America has been customarily flourishing a register of Touhou spinoff titles, any bringing a bullet ruin titles into new and varying genres. Their latest release, Touhou Genso Wanderer transforms into a roguelike RPG and even includes a second title, Double Focus, for those that collect adult a initial collection of copies. Arriving on both a PlayStation 4 and Vita systems, we opted for a Vita release, with prior roguelike RPG’s being a ideal fit to take on a go.

In Touhou Genso Wanderer, players take adult a purpose of array protagonist Hakurei Reimu, a tabernacle lass that’s always looking for value and donations. After some puzzling resources transform one of Gensokyo’s famed object shops into an ever-changing building filled with rob and cloned copies of Genskyo’s citizens. Those that follow a doujin stage competence commend this Playstation RPG as a array that’s been grown by Aquastyle exclusively for a PC for utterly some years. Genso Wanderer is indeed formed on a third Fushigi no Gensokyo pretension with some combined tweaks for consoles. Of course, Reimu’s adventures aren’t singular to customarily a singular tower; a good array of additional dungeons are permitted as a actor advances a story.

Fans that competence have played a likes of Shiren a Wanderer or Pokemon Mystery Dungeon array should feel informed with Reimu’s spelunking efforts. Starting any journey during turn 1, players will pierce space-by-space by a network of incidentally generated bedrooms and learn several forms of rob and immorality denizens. No dual runs by a Kourindo Tower will be a same, nonetheless certain floors competence have special towns or set pieces that are guaranteed to uncover up.

Turn-based roguelike RPG’s have operated underneath a same simple manners of ‘player takes a move, afterwards all else moves’ with few exceptions in a past (Crypt of a Necrodancer, for example). Touhou Genso Wanderer takes a horizon of prior roguelikes, gripping a critical aspects that fans enjoyed many about a genre and infusing some new conventions. A new i-Dash (Intelligent Dash) automechanic helps to speed by dull dungeons and navigate by labyrinthian hallways or step around noted trap spaces. As players excavate by a dungeons, a special banking called Nito Points can be amassed and cashed in towards object fusions (something that’s frequently singular to blacksmiths or singular equipment in sequence to mix dual weapons’ enhancements) or other forms of alchemy.

Part of what creates a roguelike genre so appealing is in a efforts of hearing and blunder to examination with unclear rigging or consumables. There are a array of additional dungeons that have their possess sets of manners for tackling, including all unclear rigging or a inability to move any equipment into a cave (meaning no discerning escapes with high powered rigging unless you’re propitious adequate to transparent a cave or collect adult a Return-to-Hakurei Jump). The categorical story dungeons are many some-more forgiving, though. Not customarily can we typically move along as many rigging as we like (having a arms with +99 conflict is utterly handy, after all) though a genocide customarily won’t meant losing all of your progress. we can’t count a array of times we died to my possess carelessness, though any time, I’ve been sent behind to a Hakurei Shrine with customarily a painful ego and losing whatever money was in Reimu’s wallet.

While a categorical story dungeons competence be rather of a cakewalk as players learn a mechanics or move along a maxed out set of weapon/shield/accessory, a additional side dungeons any play by their possess ruleset and typically need a players to deliver whatever unclear equipment they can come across. There’s a good change between areas that are too easy and too formidable and players that competence customarily wish to humour a relaxing Touhou knowledge can play their approach by a story though removing impressed by a some-more formidable stages.

Despite being a doujin, or homegrown, title, Touhou Genso Wanderer has a surprisingly high turn of fact in a presentation. All of a story characters have well-animated portraits and there’s a startling volume of voicework that other roguelike titles simply don’t match. we daresay that Genso Wanderer both looks and runs improved than final year’s correct Shiren supplement on a Playstation Vita.

Reimu’s adventures in Gensokyo aren’t a customarily thing that players can demeanour brazen to when they collect adult Touhou Genso Wanderer. A full delegate game, Double Focus, completes a package with a totally opposite character of adventure. Rather than personification one of Gensokyo’s famous magicians, players instead take partial of a two-person group between manlike dog Momiji and bluster Aya on a sidescrolling journey by a puzzling book.

Initially, we was some-more vehement to play Double Focus than Genso Wanderer as my affinity for a contemporary Castlevania array is no secret. Switching between dual protagonists was a automechanic that was customarily seen in Portrait of Ruin though fit a pretension nicely. Sadly, there’s something to a synthetic problem spikes (typically due to a high volume of repairs that Aya and Momiji suffer) and indolent transformation that leaves many to be desired. As a giveaway pretension bundled in with Genso Wanderer, Double Focus is positively value a demeanour though it’s many positively a weaker of a dual doujin titles on display.

The Touhou array continues to warn me with a farrago of titles that doujin circles can emanate with a source material. Of all a protected titles to make their approach to North America, Genso Wanderer is a many discriminating and finish package (even if that package includes a muted sidescroller) to date. Whether you’re a fan of Touhou or a fan of a good and severe roguelike RPG, there’s copiousness of journey in Gensokyo to play both during home and on a go.

Touhou Genso Wanderer packages together one of a many receptive roguelikes and one of a some-more common Castlevania form titles into one finish package for any traveller of Gensokyo.

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