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Touhou Genso Wanderer: Reloaded


Touhou Genso Wanderer is a fangame which is turn-based, and features randomly generated maps and equipment, and--while it doesn't have traditional permadeath--it does kick you all the way back to a dungeon's first floor when you die. This entry is made by indie developer Aqua Style, which takes place in the famed Touhou Project universe and is now here to give Nintendo Switch owners the chance to experience a traditional Japanese rogue-like complete with fun characters, charming graphics, and a MASSIVE quantity of randomly crafted loot, and prepare to dive into a very anime-style game that you will either thoroughly enjoy or may not care for depending on the type of gamer that you are.

If you're unfamiliar with the Touhou Project universe and its games, then don’t feel left out as this series hasn’t gained the traction in the West as it has in Japan and this is because the vast majority of Touhou games haven't made it out of their home market, and their home platform tends to be PC, a platform of choice that has only recently become popular in the West as of the last decade for JRPG and anime-influenced titles. With 24 official Touhou games released, and countless fan-made games joining the roster, the scope of the series exceeds even the most imaginative gamer's imagination Touhou games take place in a region of Japan called "Gensokyo," (Land of Illusion), where humans and yokai (Japanese folk monsters) live together. The official Touhou games normally center on a Shrine Maiden, Reimu Hakurei, who lives on the barrier between the world of Gensokyo and our own, and is frequently tasked with offing mischievous yokai.
Genso Wanderer: Reloaded focuses on the Shrine Maiden Reimu Hakurei, who generally bashes the heads of troublesome yokai. In Wanderer, Reimu unwittingly causes the local merchant Rinnosuke to become possessed by a mysterious force that grants him inhuman power. He quickly uses that power to raise a massive tower, and create replica's of local townsfolk and yokai that attack anyone caught in their path The game also makes significant references to the Touhou franchise and previous entries however they are not required to follow the plot of this game.
In the event you are only used to western style rouge-likes and unfamiliar with the eastern take on that very genre then let me explain how this works in their style. Japanese rogue-likes often label dungeon levels as floors, and frequently have players climbing up the levels of a tower, rather than descending downward into a deep dungeon. Touhou Genso Wanderer: Reloaded uses both tile maps and the tower motif. Touhou Genso Wanderer: Reloaded's gameplay is primarily top-down, turn-based exploration and combat through a series of floors (essentially dungeon crawling). Defeating enemies grants players experience points, which are either given all to Reimu, or divided between her and her follower (which you have the option of travelling with, or without). As per traditional RPG fashion, gaining enough XP levels up the player characters' stats, and increases their hunger and life bars.