- Enjoy the Story, Skip the Game: The game was praised for its well-done plot, as expected from Yasumi Matsuno. The gameplay is considered to be nothing special and largely ignored due to some rather Guide Dang It! moments.
- Scrappy Mechanic: Making necessary Plot Coupons into insanely rare item drops that can only be triggered by beating enemies in a specific order is generally seen as a bad design decision. Yes, Level5, of course it's entertaining to spend hours wandering aimlessly and reading the same room dialogue due to absolutely no indication of where to go or what to do to progress in the game. And once the player surrenders and looks up the answer, it's also a repeat the same battle over twenty times because the necessary item refuses to drop. Excellent work, five stars for that.
- That One Boss: The Witch Kings trio impersonating your party, on both a regular cycle and (especially) on New Game+.
YMMV / Crimson Shroud