Unicorn Overlord Famitsu Review Score: 36/40, 40-50 Hours Playtime, Detailed Impressions


The Vanillaware developed fantasy strategy RPG Unicorn Overlord will be released next week, and this week’s issue of Weekly Famitsu magazine #1839 includes the review for it.

Unicorn Overlord Review Score

  • Unicorn Overlord (NSW/PS4/PS5/XS) – 9/9/9/9 [36/40]

Comments from the Famitsu reviewers include:

  • Combines the unique qualities of 1990s masterpieces into one refined experience.
  • The emotional impact is increased with rich visuals and the action of direction.
  • A nostalgic yet fresh classic SRPG.
  • Those who love 1990s style SRPGs will love this game.
  • Excellent customization allows one to approach battles very methodically.
  • Its structure has a high level of flexibility.
  • A must-have title for all fans of this genre.
  • Strong team composition requires deep understanding, yet the game offers various opportunities for learning and discovery, making it user-friendly.
  • The story essentially follows a linear path, however each character’s drama leaves a lasting impression, expanding the story in all directions.
  • I was impressed by the skill settings that bring out the units’ latent abilities.
  • A definite purchase for fans of Fire Emblem and Ogre Battle.
  • Maximum likability due to meticulous craftsmanship and hardcore appeal
  • The charm of the SRPG genre knows no bounds.
  • It takes 40-50 hours to complete the game. Completionists can expect over 100 hours, including side quests.

Vanillaware Famitsu Review Comparison

Here’s a comparison to the Famitsu review scores of recent Vanillaware titles.

  • 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim (PS4) – 9/9/10/10 [38/40]
  • Unicorn Overlord (NSW/PS4/PS5/XS) – 9/9/9/9 [36/40]
  • Odin Sphere Leifthrasir (PS4/PS3/PSV) – 9/9/9/9 [36/40]
  • Dragon’s Crown (PS3/PSV) – 9/8/8/9 [34/40]
  • Odin Sphere (PS2) – 9/9/7/7 [32/40]
  • Muramasa Rebirth (PSV) – 8/8/8/8 [32/40]

Unicorn Overlord will be released for the Nintendo Switch, PS4, PS5, and Xbox Series X|S platforms on March 8, 2024.

— ryokutya2089