Cladun Returns: This Is Sengoku! Review

Site Score
7.2
Good: Simple and fun combat, plenty of customization, always a different experience
Bad: Sometimes requires excessive grinding, traps can be cheap, mechanics are poorly explained
User Score
9.0
(2 votes)
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Enjoyment is an interesting concept. Sometimes a game can have negative aspects, such as a bad story or terrible gameplay, but find success in capturing that feeling. Cladun was never a game that stood out in any particular way, yet it offered simple gameplay that was fun. Now that it’s back, Cladun Returns: This Is Sengoku! hopes to capture the same feeling, while bringing the series forward. Between online play, classic graphics and roguelike elements, is Cladun Returns: This Is Sengoku! a must or did they lose the magic?

Cladun Returns: This Is Sengoku! takes place in the world of the dead. You’re told that you died in the past and it’s your job to help others crossover. A simple premise that takes a predictable turn when it turns out people can’t return for whatever reason. Your goal is to help people find peace and find out what is preventing people from crossing over.

The brief story, which is around 50 stages long, is essentially a long winded introduction to the world of Cladun Returns: This Is Sengoku!. The idea is to explore various locations, overcome multiple different enemies, master the mechanics and start your journey in the huge post game dungeon. It’s an interesting goal, one that is held back by punishing mechanics.

More often than not, you’ll die to traps. These are somewhat well hidden, they become more visible the closer you get, tiles that cause various things, mostly negative, to happen. Some of them can be used to help, for instance arrows can be triggered to hit enemies, but others will get the best of you. The biggest offender is spike traps, which if you accidentally trigger, can easily ruin a potential run, assuming you touch the spikes. When you add ice sliding to the mix, a simple error is more than enough to kill everyone.

Thankfully the average dungeon is only a minute long, so it means very little in the grand scheme, though the post game dungeon can result in a loss of hours of progress. The best way to counter this is to grind.

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Cladun Returns: This Is Sengoku! Review, 9.0 out of 10 based on 2 ratings
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