I‘ll start off by saying that I am not a devout follower of this game and the Touhou series. My opinions of this game are that of a newcomer. So with that said, let us begin.
Touhou Genso Wanderer is a rogue-like rpg starring Reimu, a shrine maiden, who is in the midst of investigating the mystery surrounding a golden orb. Which resulted in an incident that she caused. So you go around Gensokyo exploring randomly generated dungeons in an attempt to resolve the issues sparked by the incident. Meeting different characters along the way.
Unlike most rogue-likes, Touhou: Genso Wanderer is easy to pick up for newcomers who might normally be put off by this sort of game. Since I said I was a newcomer, I was actually expecting this game to be a shoot em up, since I normally associated Touhou with that. What we got instead was a very simple game with bare bones combat. I never ran into any difficult situations during my play-through, which was very disappointing. There really was no challenge to be found and that often lead to me losing focus and forgetting that I was playing.
When I hit some of the higher floors, I thought maybe it would get difficult, but I was mistaken. Even if you did manage to die, you’d just go back to the first floor and you wouldn’t lose any of your gear or items. It’s apparent that the gameplay was not the focus to this game. Or perhaps it was in a sense since since many of the conversations always lead to you having to explore a dungeon. Feels kind of forced in at times.
The characters are it seems, the main focus to Touhou Genso Wanderer, and you’ll be meeting a wide cast of characters along the way. Many of the characters are voiced by professional seiyuu. They do an overall great job with their deliveries, which I appreciate. Since they do add to the characters charm. With that said, it seems to me like this game should have been something else.
Perhaps a visual novel would have suited it better. The art in this game is pretty high quality and the amount of dialogue and scenes in the game are staggering. It’s safe to say that I spent more time scrolling through dialogue than I did in the dungeons. Perhaps it would have helped to have known some things about the Touhou series, though I’m unsure if it would have made my experience better.
Still, that didn’t change the fact that the story in this game is on the weaker side. It felt shallow to me and I couldn’t really bring myself to care for any of these characters. The good voice acting didn’t really win me over. Normally, I would say it’s more my fault for not knowing about the series beforehand, but this game is targeted towards newcomers, but I guess it’s not entirely true for everyone. This game is very niche at it’s core.
The game at least makes it easy by introducing the mechanics gradually so as to not overwhelm players. The menus are also relatively easy to navigate, though it would have been nice if they were better made visually, but that’s a minor gripe since they serve their purpose.
The music was pretty delightful at least, not quite what I was expecting based on what I’ve heard from other games in the touhou series. But this is a spin off after all, the music suited it just fine and there were some enjoyable tunes to be found.
If you’re already a long time fan of the series, then you’re sure to enjoy this game and all it has to offer. This game honestly is aimed at a very specific target audience that already has some idea about what to expect. Maybe so as well for fans of roguelike games. It’s a pretty solid game that plays really well. Combat is smooth, fun and easy get the hang of if new players do indeed decide to give it a shot. If you are in fact looking for something new to play and this sort of thing catches your attention. Then by all means give it a shot, the only way to know if you’ll enjoy it is to try it and see. Touhou Genso Wanderer has plenty of content awaiting those players that persevere, but I sadly am not one of those people.