Your maidens have a range of different weapons and magical attacks at your arsenal that can be used to wipe out the dark creatures from the mystical sphere as well. Magic spells can be used for ranged attacks, protection, crowd control, etc. However, being given only a certain amount of points to perform these “danmaku” attacks, you must be methodical with each usage. However, a lack of difficulty provided you don’t run past every random enemy you find, keeps there from being any real tension in most battles.
And truthfully, that’s pretty much the entire gameplay loop. The enemies you encounter aren’t too incredibly exciting, only really ranging from shadow creatures to clones of the main characters. The lack of enemy variety and the extremely bland backgrounds and settings can make the game visually quite a bore. The playable characters, with their artwork and cutscenes look very polished and cute, but the rest of the game lacks variety and aesthetic. Perhaps if the story was more interesting, or the combat more fleshed out this aspect would be less noticeable, but all three major pillars of the game are flawed.
In a more indie-game price range, these shortcomings may be forgivable, but at nearly full retail price, it’s hard to sell this game alongside better titles. The charm makes me really want to enjoy Touhou Genso Wanderer Reloaded, but the high price and noticeable flaws make it a rather hard game to recommend. If you’re a diehard fan of Touhou, you’ll probably enjoy this game, otherwise I’d recommend waiting for a price drop.