Violet Wisteria Review (PlayStation 5)

Violet Wisteria Review, Return to the style of Japanese fantasy platformers from the ’80s and ’90s as you take command of brave heroine Wisteria Asagiri on her quest to save Earth, the Higher Realm, and the Under-Realms from the dark wizard Maskandes! Violet Wisteria is a side-scrolling action platformer with a unique tri-color attack system. Requiring quick judgment and precision, this system allows Wisteria to execute sword slashes and thrusts based on an enemy’s color, where only the correct attack will strike true.

Violet Wisteria Review Pros:

  • Nice graphics.
  • 159.7MB download size.
  • Platinum trophy.
  • You get the PlayStation 4 and the PlayStation 5 versions of the game.
  • Three difficulties – practice, Hyper easy, and ultra hard.
  • Color hints – on/off.
  • Three control type choices – direction, shoulder, and face.
  • In-game still screen cutscenes.
  • 2D action-platformer gameplay.
  • The gimmick is you have three attacks that each have a color, enemies are set colors so you have to do an attack not matching them.
  • Match colors with an enemy to get a bounce-off move to help cross gaps.
  • Hud shows time, score and when pressing a button will show the color assigned.
  • Magic can be used for attacks but it decreases your level timer.
  • Nice soundtrack.
  • The pause screen shows the colors.
  • Item boxes to break for life or items.
  • Uses a life bar system.

Violet Wisteria Review Cons:

  • A lot to remember and you always forget when it’s needed.
  • The platforming is fine until you have to do the bounce-off enemies.
  • Frustrating platform sections.
  • Has a big knockback on taken damage.
  • Parts of the level require you to die to get an enemy to spawn.

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Violet Wisteria:

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Developer: Kanipro Games

Publisher: Eastasiasoft

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  • 7/10
    Graphics - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Sound - 7/10
  • 6/10
    Accessibility - 6/10
  • 7/10
    Length - 7/10
  • 6/10
    Fun Factor - 6/10


Violet Wisteria is a visually appealing game with nice graphics and a pleasing soundtrack. The game has a manageable download size of 159.7MB and offers both PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 versions. It features a platinum trophy for players who enjoy challenges.

The game provides three difficulty levels: practice, hyper easy, and ultra hard, catering to a wide range of player skills. It also offers color hints that can be toggled on or off, and three control type choices: direction, shoulder, and face, allowing players to choose their preferred control scheme.

The gameplay is a 2D action-platformer with in-game still screen cutscenes. A unique feature of the game is its color-based attack system. Players have three attacks, each associated with a color. Enemies are also color-coded, and players must use an attack that doesn’t match the enemy’s color. Matching colors with an enemy enables a bounce-off move, which can be used to cross gaps.

The HUD displays the time, score, and the color assigned to each button when pressed. Magic can be used for attacks, but it decreases your level timer. The pause screen conveniently shows the colors, and item boxes can be broken for life or items. The game uses a life bar system.

However, the game can be challenging as there is a lot to remember, and players may often forget crucial information when it’s needed. The platforming is generally fine until players have to perform the bounce-off enemies’ move. Some platform sections can be frustrating, and the game features a significant knockback when damage is taken. Certain parts of the level require players to die to spawn an enemy, which can be a point of contention among players.

Overall, Violet Wisteria is a game that offers a unique color-based combat system and varied difficulty levels, making it an engaging experience despite some challenging aspects. It’s a game that will test your memory, reflexes, and platforming skills, and that in itself is a mission.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!