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Posts tagged “Touhou”

Touhou Luna Nights puts a stylish Metroidvania twist on the shmup mega-series

The Touhou shared universe is now pouring onto Steam. Spinoffs and fan-games aplenty have popped up recently, but Metroidvania Touhou Luna Nights seems a cut above. Licensed from original Touhou studio Team Shanghai Alice and developed by Team Ladybug (the crew behind that excellent free Shin Megami Tensei Metroidvania and others), it launched into early access today. While the cast of characters are familiar to fans of…

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The Disappearing Of Gensokyo is the first Touhou fangame on Steam

The Japanese mega-franchise that is Touhou has had a good time on Steam lately, with the latest main game in the series debuting to massive sales and user-reviews to match, and the most recent spinoff fighting game making a splash despite its Japanese-language-only release. What I wasn't expecting was for commercial Touhou fangames to make their presence known so soon. Available now on Steam from Chinese…

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Touhou’s next fighting game is launching (nearly) direct to Steam

Times are changing and old boundaries are coming down. It's easy to see, thanks to the likes of the Touhou series - once nearly unobtainable outside of Japanese import services - seeing massive worldwide success on Steam. One of the biggest spinoffs of the Japanese indie mega-franchise (which we explained the appeal of a bit here) is the fighting games, co-developed by Twilight Frontier. The…

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Touhou 16 shoots onto Steam

Touhou is a phenomenon. Despite niche appeal, this long-running series of bullet hell shmups has grown into an enormous shared franchise in Japan. It's an indie scene unto itself, enabled by creator Zun giving his blessing to people making and selling fan works. Touhou boasts twice-yearly conventions dense with cosplayers, multiple official comic lines and fan-made works including music, anime, and games spanning every genre, including boozy RTSs…

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More Touhou? Publisher Polls Fans’ Fan-Made Favs

When we posted about the Touhou Project games starting to receive official western releases, I was surprised by quite how many of you are fans of the Japanese bullet hell shoot 'em up series. If you have Strong Opinions on this subject, then you can now offer them to Playism, Touhou's western publisher. Playism are polling fans to see which 'Touhou Derivative' games (fan games,…

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Bullet Hell Touhou Series Coming To English For First Time

Before Minecraft, Touhou was the only indie game I'd ever seen toys for in a high street shop. The long-running series of bullet hell shooters are dōjin soft created by a developer known as ZUN, whose prolificacy has led to 23 games plus a world of books, comics, music, figurines, pillows, unofficial fan games and more. Of course, that aforementioned shop was in Japan, since…

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Bullet Swell: Tower Of Guns Is A Randomised FPS

'Bullet hell' is one of the best genres, not because I like playing it - liking things is passé - but because it's an exciting example of the way in which a genre and its audience can warp, and focus, and drill down, and close themselves off to outside influence. I find just the existence of Touhou exciting. If bullet hell was to be picked…

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