GENSOU Skydrift, the spell-slinging tag-team racer from developer studio illuCalab, and publisher Phoenixx is off to the races on the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 via backward compatibility. This is exciting news for me because I just got a PS5 and I’m looking for some new racers.
Players will get to select a duo of magical girl racers, each with unique stats and abilities, from 22 Touhou Project mainstays, and compete for the checkered flag! Utilize unique character abilities, such as new character Alice Margatroid’s ability which equips eight exploding Shanghai dolls that leave an explosive wake! Meanwhile, the other new contestant Rin Kaebyou, a balanced, speedy racer, can use Cats’ Walk to fly up while accelerating, complete with invincibility.
Choose your duo and fly!
Swap freely between the two chosen racers, with one acting as driver and the other as a flying human chariot. Choose the best heroine for the job, utilizing each’s speed, power, and technical stats, and tactically unleash their abilities to gain the edge on rivals. With the narrative-focused Story Mode, speed-based Time Attack, and online racing available in the Versus mode, racers can partake in a bevvy of racing options.
Swap paint and magic through 20 tracks, including two brand new stages: the Heaven course, soaked in celestial beauty, and the midnight-clad cityscape of Redevelopment Area B. Both new courses and characters are also available in the Nintendo Switch and PC versions of GENSOU Skydrift.
“We wanted to create a racing game that offered up many tactical options along with plenty of the chaotic fun of kart-style racers, said EIKI, lead developer, illuCalab. Getting to do this in the expansive Touhou Project world is a lot of fun, and I hope PlayStation owners enjoy it as much as everyone else has so far!”
I have to say the design of GENSOU Skydrift is decent but nothing particularly mindblowing. Thankfully the score, as well as the game mechanics, sound charming enough to hopefully carry the game through to the finish line.