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Touhou LostWord review: A complete package for the fans of the Touhou franchise

Explore Gensokyo to resolve the incident with Reimu, Marisa, and the huge cast from Touhou

So, here we are again with another weird anime game being pushed in your face, right? At this rate, with all the Genshin Impact clones and other random anime IP constantly popping up we can’t blame you for thinking Touhou Lost World is just another anime game. With the character designs all blending in, we would not be surprised if you think this is just a generic anime affair. But that’s why we’re here to help you figure out what’s going on and whether you should spend time on this game. Here in this article, we will review Touhou LostWord and share our first impressions of the game.

If you are new to Touhou as a whole allow me to enlighten you. The Touhou Project games are originally bullet-hell shooters such as Galaga, but with a twist, you play as a wide cast of cute anime girls instead of cool anime ships. These games have a storied history as they were released back in 1997. While bullet hell games may not be everyone’s thing, Touhou is arguable the most popular game in this entire genre inspiring dozens of creators If you like things such as Girls Frontline or Azure Lane, then Touhou is what you should be thanking. Now while we’ve been talking about a lot of Bullet-hells games, this new release Touhou Lost Word is not one of those as it’s a gacha RPG. Now let’s get into the review and see if you should spend your days getting lost in this world.


Embark on a journey with the characters of Touhou

Starting off with the review, Touhou LostWord is without a doubt, first and foremost a game for fans of the Touhou Franchise. The game goes on a journey with you and various characters in the Touhou universe. You can name yourself and have a self-insert protagonist who you can use to interact with these characters you may have grown up with. The game’s story while it may not be the most groundbreaking writing it’s very light-hearted and if you let yourself get lost with the quirky characters and not take it too seriously, you can find some true enjoyment.

Touhou LostWord review
Touhou LostWord

The story is delivered through static images of the characters whom the game manipulates to display emotions such as jumping up and down and shaking furiously. The characters also have a few different slight animations in the face along with entirely different pictures for a wide range of emotions and actions from such a simple system.


Perform turn-based combat with your team

The combat in Touhou: Lost Word is a turn-based RPG, if you’ve played gacha RPG before then the combat shouldn’t come as too much of a shock to you. The developers took from the bullet-hell roots of the franchise by using the same sorts of empty backgrounds you would be used to in those games. They also follow the roots by having the character’s attacks look like regular bullet hell style moves, even labeling attack types as focus shots or spread shots.

Touhou LostWord review
Touhou Lost Word combat

The combat is fun and has depth when you get further into it, but the combat isn’t really what you’d come to this game for. It’s more or less just something for the player to interact with. If you want a more in-depth look at the combat check out our Touhou LostWord Beginners Guide and Tips.


Cutscenes are filled with amazing visuals and music

Each stage and cutscene has music and the songs are nice pieces made by indie and professional artists alike. The game is just an entire passion project for fans even as an outsider you can appreciate the effort made to please its fans. The art in-game also always has tags for the artist so that you can google whoever made that image if you are really into their art.

Touhou LostWord review
Touhou LostWord

The purpose of the music and visuals besides serving to deliver a more comprehensive experience seems to be to further other artists and musicians while also expanding the reach of the Touhou franchise. Many companies use games as a medium to further their fanbase, but this has been the first time that we have seen the game also push too hard to help their fanbase too.


Final Verdict

Touhou Lost Words is an amazing game… for fans of Touhou. Now while we don’t think this game couldn’t be liked by new fans of the franchise, we just don’t believe you would be the target audience. The game when you get down to it is pretty generic and doesn’t do anything gameplay-wise to set it apart from other gacha RPGs with cute girls. Now while the story is also my favorite part of the game, it’s hard to deny that most people don’t read the story in mobile games. Keep all of this in mind while you look at our final rating for this game.

What are your opinions on the Touhou LostWord game and your review of it? Do let us know in the comments!

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Touhou LostWord Review
  • 7/10
    Gameplay Mechanics - 7/10
  • 9/10
    Storyline - 9/10
  • 10/10
    Graphics and Music - 10/10
  • 5/10
    Controls and UI - 5/10
  • 8/10
    Free to play elements - 8/10
7.8/10

Summary

Touhou LostWord is just a game for the fans with sadly not much to entice new players. If the story does end up doing it for you and getting you into the universe, then my friend you’re in for a treat.

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Ishmael Shanghie

Ishmael Shanghie, he's one of our newest staff, writing out of NY,NY. A B.S in physics, when he's not studying or reading a research paper it's gaming and consuming media. Lighthearted and querical by nature, he always has a new "think piece" that he's ready to write.
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