Castle of Shikigami III Review
Castle of Shikigami III box art
System: Wii Review Rating Legend
Dev: ARC System Works, Alfa System 1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid 4.0 - 4.4 = Great
Pub: Aksys Games 2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
Release: May 13, 2008 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 5.0 = The Best
Players: 1-2 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair
ESRB Rating: Teen 3.5 - 3.9 = Good

Castle of Shikigami III is an arcade shooter. Fans of games like Ikaruga or even old school staples like Galaga and Sinistar will definitely appreciate this title for its retro appeal. But, for all the fun you might have playing this top-down shooter, you might find yourself feeling like this game is a little lacking. < /p>

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This title, like most that stem from arcade games, features very simple gameplay. You play as one of ten psychic fighters who can fly and shoot mental weaponry at enemies. Even though you play as a character, the in-game mechanics work like a vehicle. You have several "cannon-fire" type abilities of varying strength and spread depending on the character. You also have two special moves.

The core gameplay is one of the best things about this game. It works very well and feels like a very honest representation of the arcade experience. The level design also has a very classic feel to it and features top-down environments with exploding obstacles, immobile barriers, and of course, opposition fire.

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The core gameplay is one of the best things about this game. It works very well and feels like a very honest representation of the arcade experience. The level design also has a very classic feel to it and features top-down environments with exploding obstacles, immobile barriers, and of course, opposition fire.

Castle of Shikigami III screenshot

However, the game's appeal stops there. Once you get past the initial euphoria induced by such a faithful representation of the arcade experience, you're not left with much else. The problem with Castle of Shikigami III is that, like many retro-inspired titles, it is content to stay stagnant with mediocrity; there are far too few levels and no real variation.

The game features two main single-player modes: the Classic single-player and the all-new Dramatic Change mode. These two modes are essentially the same and have identical levels with no real variation in gameplay. The only difference between the two modes is that you can only be one character in the Classic single-player mode, and in the Dramatic Change mode you have the option to switch back and forth between two characters. There is also a two-player co-op mode that lets you team up with a friend and play through the levels, but they are still the same as those in the single-player modes.

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