Touhou Kobuto V: Burst Battle

Game review by
David Chapman, Common Sense Media
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Little girls duke it out in an almost unplayable mess.

Parents say

age 17+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 2 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

Some basic good-vs.-evil elements in Story mode, but plot is little more than a reason to get characters to fight; even then, it doesn't do a good job of explaining why.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Though characters have their individual stories, none ever feel like they have much depth.

Ease of Play

Basic controls are simple enough but attacks vary widely depending on distance and never seem consistent. Add to this sluggish movement and response, and the game is barely playable at times.


This is a fighting game, so combat, violence are par for the course. Overly cute, young anime girls fight it out with lasers, glowing knives, martial arts, etc. Some grunts and cries following injury, but no blood or gore.


Many characters' bio art presents them in a somewhat suggestive manner; dialogue in-game includes some occasional sexual innuendo.


The Touhou Project series is relatively popular in Japan, with a variety of spin-off games covering a wide range of genres. The series hasn't quite got the same following outside of Japan, though.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Touhou Kobuto V: Burst Battle is a 3D arena fighting game for the PlayStation 4, PlayStation VR, and Nintendo Switch. Players take control of young anime girls fighting against each other in enclosed arenas, using a variety of melee attacks and magical powers. Violence is constant but is cartoonish in nature, with lots of flashy effects but no blood. Although there are no language concerns, some dialogue does contain sexual innuendo, and some of the artwork presents the characters in a suggestive way.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byName N. October 27, 2017

Touhou is a pretty good game!

Clownpiece is the best girl. Anyone who disagrees just has bad taste.
Kid, 12 years old April 28, 2021

The gameplay is not to bad

I don't think the gameplay is unplayable and its definitely not 17+
If you have a kid who is 12 or 11 and wants the game let the, get it its pretty fun.
Kid, 9 years old June 19, 2018

The gameplay isnt bad at all

Age ratings depend on the maturity of kids. I think this game should be 10+. Children 10 and up should know basic human standerds to know whats going on and how... Continue reading

What's it about?

TOUHOU KOBUTO V: BURST BATTLE takes some of the magical women from the cult hit Touhou series and pits them against one another in spell-casting, blade-slinging, and hand-to-hand melee combat. You'll need quick reflexes and sound strategy to defeat your opponents in this 3D arena fighter. Take on friends in one-on-one fights, test your endurance in Arcade mode, and uncover the secrets behind the battles as you watch characters' stories unfold in Scenario mode. 

Is it any good?

Games like this arena fighter simply leave you scratching your head wondering how it even saw the light of day, it's so bad. Some games dazzle with flashy visuals and an epic musical score. Some might have high-octane, adrenaline-fueled action, while others captivate with deep stories and fascinating characters. This isn't one of those titles. The game is supposed to be an action-packed fighter filled with the "bullet hell" shooting and dodging the Touhou series has been known for. Instead, what players get is a slow, sluggish mess that looks like it was scraped from the dusty remains of a decade-old clearance bin.

Things start to fall apart right from the opening moments. The game's anime-style still shots look nothing at all like their in-game counterparts. During gameplay, the characters look more like toy dolls or little kids. Moving around the arena feels like you're swimming through a pool of molasses, and the combat controls are a convoluted mess. Attacks change depending on where you are in relation to your opponent, but it's hard to gauge just where those attacks evolve. You might think you're going to shoot a laser, but wind up swinging a punch at nothing instead. It's all the more frustrating when your attack gauges run out and leave you defenseless. It might not be fair to call the game completely unplayable, but there's nothing here that makes Touhou Kobuto V: Burst Battle worth playing.

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