Ganryu 2

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a game by Storybird Studio
Platform: PC (2022)
Editor Rating: 9/10, based on 1 review
User Rating: 10.0/10 - 1 vote
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Ganryu 2
Ganryu 2
Ganryu 2
Ganryu 2

If there were anything that would trigger that arcade nostalgia today, it would be Ganryu 2. Everything about the visuals, gameplay, control mechanisms, and story, bring up memories of the days of us endlessly throwing our hard-earned coins at these virtual game machines. That's enough to give it a whirl, in my opinion!

Though I can't say I've played the game's predecessor, the premise is quite apparent at an initial glance of the title. We're being transported to the world set in 'The Stone and the Sword' novel, a tale famed in Japan as one of the most inspiring samurai stories. If that doesn't sell you, the immense-looking hack-and-slash action should - or so we think!

Feudal Japan is at Stake!

I'll start by saying that it baffles me how games that were popular in the 90s are suddenly getting sequels nearly 30 years later. Perhaps seasoned developers realize that there's an opportunity to capitalize on gaming nostalgia these days. They're right, and Ganryu 2 is a prime example of why arcade games are making such an explosive comeback.

The game is a modern, updated version of what made these hack-and-slash side-scrollers so much fun. Ganryu 2 puts you in the shoes of the legendary samurai Takezo Mushashi, where you'll use your fierce combat combos and timely movement to defeat your foes and save Japan. So do these age-old game mechanics engage in the present day? You can bet your last yen they do.

Ganyru 2 is a beautifully-crafted world full of exponentially tricky challenges. There's a variety of gameplay spreading across aerial combat (yes, it's strange), adrenaline-pumped swordfights, and movement challenges requiring your utmost precision. It makes the feudal Japanese world come to life and immerses players in everything that's going on around them.

Ganryu 2 is a game that justifies why we need more arcade games globally. It is gaming in its purest form - challenging, entertaining, and immersive. It's got the replayable potential for speedrunners and a storyline that certainly brings the original novel into the limelight. No doubt, the title is a proud achievement in the competitiveness of the modern gaming community.

Bushido Lives

Ganryu 2 does an excellent job of taking us back into the classic days of arcade gaming with a timeless hack-and-slash platformer. There aren't many moments where you won't be fully engaged with the action on the screen and eager to take more of the challenges before you. You'll have to use your mind and cognitive skills to overcome each level, and it never gets repetitive.


If you've ever played Katana Zero, you'll be able to see the game franchise that inspired all the quality traits of the game in action. Ganryu influenced many of the Oriental-themed platformers we see today, and by that notion alone, Ganryu 2 is worth playing.

Round-Up - Pros & Cons


  • Great lore-based storyline
  • Challenging gameplay with combat and movement mechanics
  • Nostalgic arcade visuals


  • The gameplay is unintuitive for those who haven't dabbled in arcade games.

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System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

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