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. Even though the dungeon-crawling scheme is a little bit antiquated, if you like other dungeon-crawlers, Shiren the Wanderer is a must-buy.
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!
An engrossing RPG that's not quite different enough.
Common Sense Media
11 March 2010
Summary: Parents need to know that Shiren The Wanderer is generally a sweet role-playing game in which you are out to do good, not evil. There are some moral choices to be made, as when you choose whether or not help out the hungry. As cute as the anime characters are, they do spew some foul language. And there's some drinking involved, too, although it's not especially integral to gameplay or to the story.
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. A fair percentage of them managed a US release, but Shiren the Wanderer had remained in Japan until 2008’s Nintendo DS remake of the first game in the series.
Conclusion: Shiren the Wanderer is a good roguelike that offers enough of an easy experience early on to let those new to the genre ease into the game. Roguelike fans will also like the depth they will find beyond the basics that will keep them busy throughout the campaign. Its $40 price point is well worth it for the amount of content you’ll find here. Basically, if you’re interested in roguelikes, this is one that you need to check out.
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: As you press on through one dungeon after another, you'll find yourself caught up in a charming storyline that delves into not only into Shiren's past, but the history of the small village that he's chosen as his base of operations. Taken at face value, the story seems almost painfully simple: Shiren's goal is to find the shape-shifting Karakuri Mansion of legend, and of course the great treasures that it holds inside.