Parents' Guide to

Touhou Genso Wanderer

By David Chapman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Repetitive grind adventure is all style, no substance.

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This rogue-like RPG is slick and visually appealing, but the repetitive, clunky gameplay leaves too much to be desired. For starters, there's the story -- or rather, the lack thereof. The game has a paper-thin plot that's padded by a ridiculous amount of dialogue that never seems to actually say anything worthwhile. It's tiring to have to wade through extensive conversations that don't affect anything in the game just to move things along. What little plot is there is just an excuse to send the player into a nearby dungeon. There's never any real character development or sense of purpose in anything you do.

Another issue with the game is a direct result of the randomness of the dungeons. You can never really prepare for what's coming. One minute you might be breezing through a dungeon floor without a baddie in sight, and the next minute you're overwhelmed by so many enemies, you'd think they called in a flash mob. Making matters even worse, whenever your party is defeated, you have to restart the dungeon all the way back at Level 1, forcing you to grind again to build up your XP. It's a tiresome and repetitive task that sucks the fun out of the experience. Touhou Genso Wanderer has cute style but little substance.

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