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Sunday, June 28, 2015

Touhou Review: TH01 (Highly Responsive to Prayers)

TH01 (Highly Responsive to Prayers)

The very first installment of the touhou project series to the world. You could also say it is the debut towards the world. Most people nowadays know touhou project as a vertical scrolling barrage / curtain fire / bullet hell game. Uniquely, the first official game is not the ones stated before but a non scrolling shooting game. The game features as a shrine maiden (Miko in Japanese but later known as Hakurei Reimu in sequels) journeying from Hakurei Shrine to either Makai or Jigoku (depends on the player's choice after defeating the first boss.

For the gameplay,  The Miko need to flips all the cards on the screen by juggling her yin yang orb within the time limit or the stage will get harder and harder. every multiple of 5th of the stage, she will encounter a boss battle. The player are controlling the Miko with left and right button for movement, throw talismans with z and action move with button x. Action button has different actions depending on what combination button you use it such as x+left or right makes Miko to slide across the screen, x+z twice activates the bomb, clearing several cards on normal stages or damages the boss at certain conditions. Usually bombs are used to escape from being hit by bullets on the screen. (note: even the yin yang orb could deal damage to herself if it hits her)

Below are the sceenshots of the gameplay

Miko swings her wand to juggle her yin yang orb


 Some bosses throughout the game

 Sariel, final boss of the game on Makai Route


Miko using Bomb towards the stage 10 boss on Jigoku route



To me, I could say this game is very hard for most people because it requires extremely fast response to dodge all the bullets while keeping an eye on the yin yang orb to hit the target and trust me, just doing both of that at the same time is hard. I played for months and still unable to clear the game without continuing. Sad for me.

To play the game, you will need a PC-98 emulator. I would recommend T98-Next emulator. In my opinion, it runs well for most touhou that was platformed on pc-98

Links to the emulator: (clicking it downloads the file directly)
http://www.zophar.net/download_file/2143

Link to the game: (moriya shrine)
https://mega.co.nz/#!vZNE1a7L!TNDBOQ4tybkVwidbXCvRfGOvpKFMdbWUBibRCFixpIA


That was it. Review on touhou 2 will come up next week. See ya!

Monday, June 22, 2015

Touhou Project Review Coming Soon

Hi! It is time to expand this blog's review scope and I'm here will be reviewing games from one of the most famous indie game franchise to the hardcore gamers, also gives birth to vast amount of doujin circles in this world, Touhou Project. Dunno what is it? It started with a non scrolling danmaku (barrage) game. which later changes into vertically scrolling danmaku and some 2D fighting game. This franchise is made by Ota Jun'ya or also known as ZUN. The first 5 games platformed on PC-9800 (PC-98) and the next games until now are for windows. Still no idea what it is? Here are some screenshot of it.

PC-98 version


Windows version

For more info about Touhou project, There will be a link below for people to get to know more on what is Touhou Project:


Allright, 1st review should be coming next week. Ciao~

Monday, June 15, 2015

Kotoura-san: A hidden gem from 2014 (mini-review)


This is me, Wolvenciel again with another anime review. This time I will be talking about Kotoura-san. I don't know about you guys but I have never heard of this anime from my circle of friends. Not even from the blogmaster (Blogmaster note: It's because I don't think it's the type of anime you watch.). I kinda stumbled upon it when I was bored and searching for stuff to watch and after watching this anime I was shocked why it wasn't really that popular. Anyways, before starting with the review, I'd like to tell you guys first that I will not tell you much about this anime as much of its flair comes from the way the story itself is portrayed. I'll just talk about the little stuff on the side and try to persuade you guys to watch this.


Okay. The story hits off with this girl which has her name as the title of the anime, Kotoura-san. You'll realize the different tones in the art as the story unfolds as to how it becomes like the picture above; dark and gloomy. The anime shows a flashback of her life right from when she was born and you'll get that nagging feeling that things will turn ugly just around the corner. Well, you're damn right.


See the difference in the tone? The flashback started off as being very bright and it gets duller as things turn out for the worst. What I'm trying to say here is that the art in this anime is very dynamic as at times its depressing and at times it tickles your heart. This is like one of the things that I liked about Kotoura-san. I really am sorry guys. I won't tell you the story line any more than this much as it'll ruin your watching experience.


Now. Her father is a total jerk. I mean, he's too much of a jerk that the creator didn't even bother to show his face (Even if he was there for just the flashback, he's the only guy in the flashback that doesn't have a face. Jerk.) As for the music, its as good as the animation. It follows the changes in the mood pretty well and you can hear it gradually changing together to suit the different scenarios in the anime.


See that? Jerk. I know you guys must be bored from me repeating the same line over again, but I'm really sorry. This is as much as I can tell you about this anime. Be a dear and just watch it. I promise you its one heck of an anime. Though there is one small thing I'd wanna mention. There's this one arc of the anime (two episodes I guess) which isn't actually necessary in my opinion. But hey, that's just my opinion okay? Just watch this.

P/S: This is a romance comedy, slice of life anime. If you do not like this genre, please by all means skip it. And really. I am begging you. If you have any romance/slice of life anime that you think I might have not watched yet, just leave me a suggestion.

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