[Beyond PlayStation] Tohou Genso Wanderer Reloaded Review
If you’re looking for a very fun roguelike dungeon crawler on Nintendo Switch, then we have a great game for you! Learn more in our Touhou Genso Wanderer Reloaded review!
I had a lot of fun playing the PlayStation 4 version of Touhou Genso Wanderer, a great game based on the Touhou universe. Most of the Touhou releases are very challenging bullet-hell games, but this one goes away from that and gives us a great roguelike dungeon crawler in the definitive version of Touhou Genso Wanderer, now under the name Touhou Genso Wanderer Reloaded.
You play as Reimu Harukei who becomes interested in the Golden Sphere that Rinnosuke Morichika has, and plans to steal it from him, but Rinnosuke is having none of that and fights back. Reimu eventually finds herself lost and tries to find her way back home, and to do this you will need to fight enemies, known as clones, that were created by the Golden Sphere’s dark power.
On the screen, you have your health bar, and underneath that you have a thin red meter that is your tummy, which will slowly deplete over time. To replenish it you must eat food that you can find in plentiful supply wherever you go. But even if this is the case, you need to be sure that you do not let the meter run dry, since if it does you will die. You will, unfortunately, learn about this the hard, experiencing the consequences of your actions as you play.
You start out with just your fists for a weapon, but you will quickly find your first weapon, and then you’ll start to find a ton of them, giving you plenty of options to customize your fighting gear. You will get a chance to appraise weapons so that you can see what each one has to offer, so that you can keep the good stuff and dismantle the ones that won’t be of much use for your cause.
Each floor you visit is a complete surprise since you have no way of knowing the dangers that lie ahead or if you are strong enough to take on the challenges you’ll run into. You can easily find yourself completely overwhelmed and die within a couple of hits if you’re underprepared, which is never fun. Luckily you can find magic cards in the dungeons that can wipe out most of the enemies on screen, and maybe leave you with one or two enemies to defeat at most. These cards are extremely valuable and should not be abused, so be sure to keep them handy to make the most of their great power.
If you’ve played the previous version of the game, then you should know this is the same base game as before, but it now includes all DLC right out of the box, as well as some extra content and stuff that was not available in said former DLC, greatly extending the game’s storyline, increasing the overall time you’re going to spend with this one if you want to 100% it. The Reloaded version of the game offers more characters to play with, more quests, more of everything!
And if all of that content available right from the start wasn’t enough, NIS America is also going to release DLC content exclusively for this new and improved version of the game, which you can get separately or go all in and get The Elegance Season pass which will give you access to all extra content as it is made available, as well as bonus things exclusive to the Season Pass, such as a special PS4 theme, and two extra costumes for Reimu, one of which makes her look like Santa.
I have to say that, in my opinion, Touhou Genso Wanderer Reloaded is one of the best entries in the overall Touhou series of projects, as it offers a ton of content, plenty of characters, deadly and dangerous enemies, solid gameplay mechanics, and a fun story that will keep you busy for a very long time – you’ll spend dozens of hours with this one due to all the DLC from the previous version being rolled into this new and improved release, not to mention all the extra stuff you can get if you buy The Elegance Season Pass!
This Touhou Genso Wanderer review is based on a Nintendo Switch copy provided by NIS America.