Summary: In the video game pantheon, the roguelike is practically ancient scripture. The “graphical adventure” style of gameplay was kicked off in 1980 with the seminal Rogue, a dungeon-based RPG renowned for its punitive difficulty and ubiquity—the game could run on just about anything, including ASCII-only...
Summary: The grandfather of the rogue-like RPG, the legendary Shiren series (also known as Mystery Dungeon) is all about tough-as-nails battles, thrilling exploration, finding tons of items, growing in strength, and most important of all: staying alive!
Conclusion: Shiren the Wanderer is definitely a niche title and won't be for everyone. Much like last year's Demon's Souls, this title will mostly appeal to the hardcore sect. However, I think the development team has done a great job opening up the format.
Summary: It’s amazing how many iterations the Mysterious Dungeon games have gone through. Whether it’s big-budget versions for Final Fantasy, Dragon Quest , and Pokemon , or more obscure titles like Nightmare of Druaga , the formula keeps rolling along with a few new tweaks every game.
Excerpt: Japanese developer Chunsoft's bread-and-butter, the turn-based dungeon crawler, makes its appearance on the Wii in the form of Shiren the Wanderer, a follow-up to 2008's DS game. While the leap from handheld to Wii is not as substantial as one might hope, Shiren is nonetheless a solid RPG for fans...
Summary: Shiren the Wanderer is a throwback to a time when games had serious depth in their gameplay, but looked like bizarre computer hieroglyphics. It's a punishing and tactical combat game whose structure encourages real experimentation.
Excerpt: When Shiren the Wanderer 's opening cutscene unfurls, you're instantly drawn into a world with a gorgeous Japanese art style reminiscent of titles such as Okami and Muramasa . Eggshell clouds part to reveal a mountaintop that looks like something from a rice-paper painting come to life.
Excerpt: Shiren the Wanderer starts out as a basic game in a lot of regards, but develops quickly into what can be safely be called an enjoyable dungeon crawler with enough JRPG elements to differentiate it from other games in the genre, but not so many that it ceases to be a true roguelike.