TENGAI for Nintendo Switch
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Princess Futsu learned about his dreadful plot inside the castle. The great commander gathers young ladies' souls to create an ultimate creature. That creature eats the souls to grow. When it's completely grown-up, it could burn the entire world in only a short period of time. Princess Futsu's soul is the last key for its body to be completed.
The ceremony of Yorishiro, an object representative of a divine spirit, will be held the next day at sunset. There is only one day left.
She released her family treasures, the hisou stones, outside the castle. The stones flew into the sky and fell into five brave warriors.
The tale starts now!
Tengai is part of a distinguished niche shmup pantheon we like to refer to as the 'flying-person shooter'. It sits comfortably on top of other great examples of the genre such as Forgotten Worlds, Space Harrier, Lords of Thunder, Cho Aniki and Gynoug (aka Wings of Wor). It's not only one of the finest shmups developed by Psikyo during its active years, but an absurd luxury to have it at this very sensible price. It offers an arcade perfect, single- or two-player horizontal scrolling shmup that still manages to not only pack a punch and a challenge but make current age efforts looks dull by comparison.
Tengai is a simple shooter with a lot of charm. The gameplay, while nothing special, is perfectly serviceable. And with twenty-plus endings, adjustable difficulty, as well as multiple fun and colorful characters, there's a lot of incentive to keep coming back after each playthrough.
Overall, if you’re into shooters of any kind, Tengai is a no-brainer. After a good, but slightly different Sol Divide release last week, this one brings the classic Psikyo back and the horizontal perspective adds a nice twist from what we’re used to. It’s easily one of their top tier games in my opinion, with the only sour note being the indiscernible hit boxes for your characters. It has amazing rollercoaster visuals, an excellent pumping traditional Japanese soundtrack and a lot of personality. It’s cheap and endlessly replayable if you’re into that and it’s a great addition to your Switch shooter library. For me, Tengai is up there with the best Psikyo have to offer along with Gunbird and Zero Gunner 2.