|System: DS||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: Chunsoft||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: Sega||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: March 4, 2008||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Everyone||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
Pretty much everything about this title recalls the familiar feeling of the SNES. The graphics are pretty basic and use sprites for the main characters. Environments and characters all look like they were taken straight from the SNES title, which is great for those who pick up this title for its vintage value. The sound in the game is also very vintage-feeling, and though I've ever played the original SNES title, I'm fairly sure that the score is the same.
Controls in this game are pretty straightforward and utilize the d-pad for moving around and the face buttons for attacking and checking inventory. The only thing that was a little weird about the controls was that when you have an arrow equipped you have to use the left shoulder to attack instead of the usual face button. The other shoulder button has a somewhat strange function as well. It gives you the ability to move diagonally. Can't say I really understand some of these controls, but I suppose once you get used to them, then you'll be alright.
Overall, I enjoyed Mysterious Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer. Until I died. And then I hated it like nothing else. It's a very difficult game simply because the prospect of death is such an overpowering force in the game that it literally changes the way you play. I found myself playing extremely defensively and avoiding side quests or chances to level up because I was just so terrified of death and having to start all over. But if you laugh in the face of death and have no qualms about putting several hours into a game just to start again from the very beginning, then you'll probably get some enjoyment out of this title. If not, then you may want to run away from Shiren the Wanderer.
Amanda L. Kondolojy
CCC Freelance Writer