Gensou Skydrift Review
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Gensou Skydrift Review (Nintendo Switch)

Welcome to our Gensou Skydrift review. A game created by fans of the bullet soot em up series, TouHou, Gensou Skydrift takes characters that fans have come to love from the series and placed them in a racing environment instead of a mad one full of shooting. This is no standard kart racer affair either, partly because you’re not actually racing with any type of motor-powered vehicle at all.

  • Gensou Skydrift
  • Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC
  • Reviewed On: Nintendo Switch
  • Developer: IlluCalab
  • Publisher: Unties
  • Multiplayer: 1 – 4 Local And  Up To 7 Online
  • Available: December 12th, 2019
  • Price: £19.79 (U.K) $23.99 (U.S)
  • Age Rating: PEGI 3 (U.K) E (U.S)
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Rather than your typical go-karts or souped-up cars, Gensou Skydrift has you racing atop another character whose body basically becomes a board. Instead of just one character being the board and one being the rider for the entire duration of a race the game allows you to switch between the two.

Gensou Skydrift Review

Instead of the usual item picks up like those found in Mario Kart, Gensou Skydrift makes use of a power bar that once filled allows you to spin a wheel that will stop on any random item.

Featuring 16 tracks, there’s certainly enough to keep the typical player entertained, although some of the tracks can be quite frustrating with sharp corners galore and plenty of traps.

Gensou Skydrift Review

Unfortunately, some of the levels feel so poorly designed and there have been a lot of times I’ve found it hard to figure out what’s a turning and what’s a dead end.

Something that has really pleased me with this karting (sorry……human boarding) game is just how easy it is to drift around corners, which is something that certain karting games (ahem…CTR) require a masters in finger to button detail (yes I made that last bit up).

The game’s campaign is by far one of its biggest weak spots with around 10 races and a secret unlockable one after completing the rest and an odd and rather boring storyline that failed to catch my attention.

Gensou Skydrift Review

Outside of the campaign, there’s a free run mode that allows you to set a time on each track and then try to beat it and the two multiplayer options as well. Other than that there isn’t really much else to do other then check out the gallery, which means there’s no reason to carry on playing.

Gensou Skydrift just doesn’t do it for me in many areas. The idea behind it is certainly unique, but the story and even the lack of replayability spoil it for me, so much so that I haven’t bothered playing it since I finished it.

Gensou Skydrift Review

That concludes our Gensou Skydrift review. To purchase the game on Nintendo Switch check out the links below.

Nintendo eShop U.K

Nintendo eShop U.S

I am a reviewer based in the North of England, I have been writing reviews since 2015. I have recently written reviews on another site that I had co-founded. I started Northern Reviewer as a solo experience based on my previous website experience, which was literally none other than writing reviews and doing a few changes here and there behind the scenes. In May 2019, I co-founded the sister site to Northern Reviewer, Northern Gamer, along with Chris Bracewell.