[PS5] Yuuna and the Haunted Hot Springs: The Thrilling Steamy Maze Kiwami Review
Yuuna and the Haunted Hot Springs: The Thrilling Steamy Maze Kiwami from FURYU and Matrix Sofware is a roguelike dungeon crawler RPG based on the manga and anime of the same name. Check our Yuuna and the Haunted Hot Springs: The Thrilling Steamy Maze Kiwami review!
Yuuna and the Haunted Hot Springs: The Thrilling Steamy Maze Kiwami from FURYU is a roguelike dungeon crawler RPG based on the manga and anime of the same name. The manga series ran on Weekly Sh?nen Jump from 2016 to 2020. This was then followed by an anime series in 2018. A handful of OVA were included with different manga volumes, leading up to the last pair of OVA in December 2020. FURYU previously gave us logic-based card battler LogiKing, so this one is definitely a different experience. It’s also a game with some fan service here and there, so be ready for it!
In Yuuna and the Haunted Hot Springs, high school student Kogarashi Fuyuzora is down on his luck and homeless. This desperate scenario leads him to the Yuragi Inn, a very, very cheap boarding house – and former hot springs inn. Why is it so inexpensive to stay there? Because it’s a location hunted by the titular ghost spirit Yuuna! The game will have you playing as Yuuna – and the other female characters from the series – who must venture into an everchanging dungeon that will switch around with every run.
How did Kogarashi end up in this particular predicament? One day, while cleaning up the inn, he and the rest of the inn’s residents find a chest after accidentally knocking it over. The problem is that once the chest opens up, they hear a voice calling up to Kogarashi… who ends up being sucked into the miniature garden contained within! Will you be able to conquer the Dreamy Miniature Dungeon and succeed in your quest? Can you rescue him from doll Machi Hayoka? Do know that if you’re defeated, you’ll lose all items and must start from zero!
Once you’re in the Dreamy Miniature Dungeon, you’ll control your character with either the left analog stick or the D-Pad, and you can dash by pressing and holding down the X button. You can attack in the direction you’re facing by pressing the Circle button. Pressing and holding down the R1 button will allow your character to move diagonally. You can press the Circle button to remain in place and rotate your character to change the direction in which it’s facing without moving so as not to waste a turn. Why is this important in the long run?
Since this one is a roguelike dungeon crawler that pays homage to games such as Shiren the Wanderer, enemies won’t move or attack unless you move, attack, or perform another action. This means that you can have as much time as you want to think about your strategy and decide which monster to attack or if it’s time to fall back to a corridor to keep enemies from surrounding you and constantly attacking you after every single action you perform.
As you move through each floor of the Dreamy Miniature Garden, your character will grow hungry. It’s up to you to keep an eye on this because if the Hungry meter reaches zero, your character will take damage with each subsequent step! This is why it’s important that you find and collect as much food as possible so that you can eat as needed. Find yourself something like a juicy hot spring manju and wolf it down to restore 60% hunger as well as 20 HP!
There are many other items you can find while exploring the dungeon, which will aid you on your adventure. You might find a healing potion that can restore up to 50 HP. You could also find equipment to boost a character’s stats while also changing their appearance. Collect weapons to boost your attack power. Find costumes to boost defense power. Grab charms and amulets to add special effects. Oh, and once you grab new equipment, be sure to check it out and equip it!
The rarer a piece of equipment, the better it will be. You also need to work on improving affection by continuing to use said item over and over again. There’s also the option of selecting the items on your inventory and throwing them at your opponents! Throw a wooden basket or two at an enemy from a safe distance to wake them up while dealing some extra damage in the process. If you have enough extra items and a good distance from an opponent, you might be able to defeat it before it can act!
If you find items that show up in an Unidentified state, that means you’ll have to first appraise them so that you can know what it is that you’ve collected. To do this, you can use the item and find out what it was – which could be a bit risky – or you could use an identification scroll. This is only done in dungeons since once you return to the Yuragi Inn, Nakai will appraise all items for you.
Defeating enemies will reward you with experience points. Once you’ve obtained enough, your character will level up. By leveling up, you’ll improve your HP and other stats. You will also obtain Spirit Stones from the enemies you defeat, which will act as the in-game currency for Yuuna and the Haunted Hot Springs: The Thrilling Steamy Maze Kiwami. You can deposit Spirit Stones into the Spirit Gear box to purchase expansions that will increase the storage in the warehouse, or add more Resonant Springs to take baths in – more on this in a bit. You can also spend Spirit Stones to obtain items to throw, scrolls to map a floor or escape from the dungeon,
Something else to keep in mind is the synthesis process by which you can combine items to improve them. By combining equipment of the same type, you’ll be able to strengthen and improve them. Some will gain special effects, which can be useful for exploiting an enemy’s elemental weakness. For example, a paper doll is weak to fire, so if you have a weapon that deals fire damage, it can be used against it to deal extra damage with each hit you land. The bath water obtained from the Resonant Spring will be needed for this process so that you can add more special effects to the equipment.
You’ll also be able to take on a short mini-game in the hot spring alongside Koyuzu, a Tanuki yokai who uses leaf charms to ward off evil spirits so that Yuuna and the rest of the characters can unwind and relax in the soothing waters of the spring. Yes, this is indeed a fan service segment, so it’s not going to be for everyone. The same goes for how a girl’s clothes will end up being torn after using a powerful item known as the Happening that can deal considerable damage to enemies.
The game features a full trophy list with a Platinum trophy waiting for you. The list is a long one, and it includes 30 Bronze trophies, 8 Silver trophies, and 4 Gold trophies for you to work on. There are many objectives to complete, so you’ll have to, for example, clear a handful of mazes of challenges, defeat 1,000 monster dolls, play the hot springs mini-game, achieve a score of 300,000, craft a bunch of weapons and costumes of high quality, boosting each character’s bathing level up to level 10, and working on completing the item and monster doll encyclopedias.
Yuuna and the Haunted Hot Springs: The Thrilling Steamy Maze Kiwami is a roguelike dungeon crawler RPG based on the manga and anime of the same name. It’s a game that builds on the foundation of games such as Shiren the Wanderer while adding some fan service on top, between the characters’ clothes getting torn every now and then and the hot spring mini-game. Between that and the overall gameplay loop, this Rated M for Mature journey is not going to be for everyone. Yuuna and the Haunted Hot Springs: The Thrilling Steamy Maze Kiwami is out on PlayStation 5 with a $29.99 asking price.
This Yuuna and the Haunted Hot Springs: The Thrilling Steamy Maze Kiwami review is based on a PlayStation 5 copy provided by FURYU.