Phantasmagoria of Flower View

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東方花映塚 (とうほうかえいづか)
Phantasmagoria of Flower View
Phantasmagoria of Flower View
Developer

Team Shanghai Alice

Publisher

Team Shanghai Alice

Released

Trial+: May 4, 2005

Trial: June 12, 2005

Full: August 14, 2005

Genre

Competitive Vertical Danmaku Shooting Game

Gameplay

Single-player Story Mode, Human vs. Human Match (Shared screen, LAN, Online), Human vs. Computer AI Match, Computer AI vs. Computer AI Match

Platforms

Windows 98/ME/2000/XP

Requirements

Pentium 800MHz, 505MB hard disk, Direct3D, DirectX 8, 32MB VRAM, DirectSound, 128MB RAM

東方花映塚 ~ Phantasmagoria of Flower View (romanized: Touhou Kaeizuka, lit. Oriental Flower Viewing Mound) is a danmaku vertical-scrolling shooter, and is the ninth official game in the Touhou series.

Gameplay[edit]

Phantasmagoria of Flower View is a split-screen vertical danmaku shooting game where two characters engage in the normal Touhou-esque gameplay, while unleashing attacks and character-specific spell cards onto the other player. When a player gets hit enough times to lose all their hit points, they are defeated.

The game features a Story Mode, which pits the player against a series of nine opponents that get progressively harder, and a versus mode, which is a single match against either an AI opponent or a human opponent(or, two AI opponents). With the netplay patch, multiplayer is also possible through LAN or over the Internet.

Concept[edit]

Phantasmagoria of Flower View was designed to be a game much along the same lines as Phantasmagoria of Dim.Dream, and, by extension, Twinkle Star Sprites, where two players simultaneously engage in normal shmup-fashion gameplay but also must concentrate on attacking the other player.

Story[edit]

This game takes place in the mystical land of Gensokyo. Spring has arrived, but something is wrong. Flowers are blooming and the fairies are becoming active as usual, but the amount of flowers and fairies is unnatural; even non-spring flowers are blooming. Playing as one of 16 characters, you must battle your way through 9 stages to reach Muenzuka and uncover the truth behind the abnormal spring.

Music[edit]

Phantasmagoria of Flower View features 19 separate music tracks. However, a number of character-specific themes were simply brought over from other games. Youmu's theme Mystic Oriental Dream ~ Ancient Temple, Reisen's theme Lunatic Eyes ~ Invisible Full Moon, and the Prismriver sisters' theme Phantom Ensemble have all been lightly arranged for this game. In addition, Cirno's theme Lovestruck Tomboy and Mystia's theme Deaf to All but the Song have been rearranged into Adventure of the Lovestruck Tomboy and Deaf to All but the Song ~ Flower Mix, respectively, in order to fit the theme of the game better.

Wind God Girl, a song that was originally released in the Bohemian Archive in Japanese Red artbook, was included in this game in a shorter form, as ZUN considered the original to be too long for a game like this.

Higan Retour ~ Riverside View and White Flag of Usa Shrine were both rearranged for one of ZUN's CDs, Retrospective 53 minutes.

Press[edit]

Phantasmagoria of Flower View was originally announced on April 1, 2005. A trial was soon released at Reitaisai 2 that May, and the web version of the trial was released the month after that. The full game was released at Comiket 68, three days after the release of Bohemian Archive in Japanese Red.

An unofficial patch that improved netplay compatibility was released afterwards, and an English patch version, as well as a modified version of the netplay tool Adonis, was released at a later date.

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