Mystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer Review
Mystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer box art
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.

Mystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer screenshot

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.

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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.

By Amanda L. Kondolojy
CCC Freelance Writer

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
3.0
Graphics
Sprites and environments look okay, but it's definitely not the best graphics on the DS.
3.9
Control
Fairly easy to use, however, using the shoulder buttons for arrows and diagonal movement feels a little weird.
3.0
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
Very cute score is great for nostalgia value…and that is about it. No voiceovers or substantial sound effects.
3.3

Play Value
It's really fun to play, but because of the dungeon-based component and steep death consequences you've got to be willing to make a commitment. Not for the faint of heart, Shiren the Wanderer is a great game for hardcore RPG fans that have no fear of death.

3.3
Overall Rating - Fair
Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.

Game Features:

  • Classic RPG Experience: Countless hours of turn-based action gameplay gives players time to plan their attacks and keeps them on their toes with levels that are unpredictable in nature.
  • Randomly Generated Dungeons: Players never know what kind of monster will be waiting to challenge them in the dungeon or what important spells and equipment they may find.
  • Enhancements from Original SNES Game: Upgrades include three expanded territories, more challenging monsters, revamped graphics and sounds, plus a brand new tutorial mode.
  • New Online Rescue Feature: If players are defeated in a dungeon, they can summon another player to revive them via the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection.


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