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Gensokyo Defenders

Rating Summary

Based on 8 critic reviews
Weak Man

OpenCritic Rating

51

Top Critic Average

38%

Critics Recommend

Based on 8 critic reviews
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Game Information

Available on:PlayStation 4Nov 29, 2018
Nintendo SwitchNov 29, 2018

Publisher: Mediascape Co., Ltd.

Genre: Action

Use Traps and Spell Cards to fight back the magical masses in this Touhou Project fan game, now on Nintendo Switch! Blistering shoot-em-up action meets tactical tower defense as you choose from almost 20 popular characters to stop the fairy onslaught! Take advantage of their unique powers and a selection of tricky Traps to freeze, fry, and blow your enemies away! Plus, team up with a friend online and beat the tougher stages you couldn’t clear alone!

Gensokyo Defenders, like so many Touhou spinoff games before it, is a low budget affair that fails to capture the same level of satisfying gameplay and unique artistry present in the original games. While the gameplay is functional and sometimes entertaining, every other part of the package serves to bring that enjoyment to a screeching halt.

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Gensokyo Defenders is a tedious game at the best of times, constantly throwing walls of text at you, most of which is littered with mistakes and also incomprehensible if you don't have a copy of the Touhou Project Wikia memorised. The gameplay is decent enough, to a point, though features a stupidly steep difficulty curve and suffers from the aforementioned tedium. Unless you desperately want a tower defence game, give this a miss.

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Gensokyo Defenders is a fun and challenging tower defense game in which you can – and have to – go on the offensive, using your characters main attack and skills to keep your base from being destroyed. The game offers more than enough content for its asking price, and if you're the type of gamer that likes to 100% games, you'll be spending some extra hours with this release as you upgrade your structures to be able to get a three-star rating in the handful of levels that are too hard to beat with a perfect score the first time around.

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Out of all the Touhou games that I've played so far, Gensokyo Defenders remains one of the best due to its unique and addictive gameplay.

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