Shiren the Wanderer: The Tower of Fortune and the Dice of Fate Review (Vita) StW5_keyart

my site Shiren the Wanderer: The Tower of Fortune and the Dice of Fate isn’t daunting just by the protracted title, it’s an expanded version of a DS game that came out in 2010.  It’s the fifth entry in a very unforgiving and niche series named Shiren the Wanderer, which was a spin-off of the Mystery Dungeon series. With permadeath, abrasive controls, and pages of tutorial missions it’s not surprising in the slightest to think that this game would be equally infuriating and disheartening. However, once getting past this initial shock–Shiren the Wanderer 5‘s randomized dungeons read this article  turn the game into one of the best titles on Vita this year.


Surprisingly, Shiren 5 is actually one of the most pick-up-and-play roguelikes I’ve played in recent years. It allows the beginner to learn each and every one of the intricacies with 10 pages of tutorial missions–however the gameplay is so easy to pick up you could just go ahead without regarding each and every tutorial. Shiren 5 insures that its players feel comfortable before jumping into the game.  With a roguelike, confidence and luck are what allows success and Shiren 5 ensures the player has the adequacy to not have a frustrating experience. For the battle-system the grid-based/turn-based system is pretty polished. Every move and attack you make, the enemies in the dungeon gets to as well. Shiren 5 rewards players with contemplating each and every move because one step could be a game-over and you have to start from the very beginning.


Shiren 5 actually doesn’t take place after Shiren 4. This story is set between the events of Shiren the Wanderer DS2 and Shiren 3. The translation is penned by Zero Escape famed company Aksys Games.  While the story isn’t exactly the as good as their other things, Aksys provided humorous and sometimes emotional moments that make the game engaging from start to finish. Following a somewhat standalone tale, the main character named Shiren is accompanied by Koppa (who is a talking ferret). While having pretty great banter, the two learn of the “Tower of Fortune” in which they can literally reroll their life via the “Dice of Fate”. With beautiful music and gorgeous pixel-art, the narrative is engaging and aesthetically pleasing.


Shiren 5 has a rough and complicated exterior, however the core gameplay fully fits the Vita’s portable atmosphere. With over hundreds of hours of content, Shiren the Wanderer: The Tower of Fortune and the Dice of Fate is a must for fans of the genre. It allows players to feel safe. It’s not overwhelming but completely complicated in places that make sense. While infuriating and sometimes disheartening (I reached the final dungeon during my playthrough only to fail and have to restart) what Shiren 5 gives is an integral amount of rewarding experiences and highlights some of the best of roguelikes that no other can barely come close towards.

Marc Villa
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