Shuusou Gyoku

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秋霜玉 (しゅうそうぎょく)
Shuusou Gyoku
Shuusou Gyoku.jpg

Shunsatsu sare do? /
P.B.G / Amusment Makers


Shunsatsu sare do? /
Amusement Makers


Full: December, 2000 (Comiket 59)




Single-player story mode


Windows 98/ME/2000/XP

  • Pentium 166MHz
Official Site

Note: This article is part of the Seihou Project by the Doujin circle "Shunsatsu sare do?".

Shuusou Gyoku (秋霜玉) is the first game of the Seihou Project, produced by Amusement Makers, P.B.G and Shunsatsu sare do?. It is a vertical-scrolling shooter.

The game takes place on Earth in the future. VIVIT, a robot maid, has been sent out to run errands for her master, but she is constantly interrupted by battles. There are 6 stages, and one very difficult extra stage, featuring two characters you already know...


Shuusou Gyoku features one playable character with 3 different modes. Homing missile is good for beginners or people who are too lazy to move. Wide shot is also useful for less movement, and can clear a whole screen of enemies quickly. Laser is great for destroying a boss fast.

The game uses an Evade system to let the players rack up massive scores by constantly grazing. All enemies drop point/power items; their value increases based on the point system and how high you are on the screen when you collect them.


The game is based on the Touhou Project. ZUN has contributed to some art within the game, where Reimu and Marisa appear in their brand new Windows outfits, two years before Embodiment of Scarlet Devil.


The name 秋霜玉 is a Japanese-translated name of a cactus, copiapoa glandiflora.


The environment on Earth had nearly been destroyed, but a company created cactus (Saboten) energy, which is more powerful than the atomic bomb, to stop the ruin of Earth. However, it was very unstable, and caused large accidents. Eventually, it was controlled and humans began to prosper once again. Decades later, the robotic maid VIVIT had been given some errands to do for her master. What is it that stops VIVIT from doing her tasks?


The music of this game includes 20 tracks composed by ZUN in MIDI format for SC-88-compatible synthesizers. Each of the phases in the final boss fight, as well as both extra stage bosses, have an individual theme.

The prototype version of the game, known as Project Gian, had some themes that were replaced in the final game. These include Plastic Space as Stage 1 theme, Inventive City as Stage 2 theme and Fly above Hatoyama at Night as extra stage theme. Hourai Illusion ~ far East was another song planned to be used as the extra stage theme, which eventually ended up to be Silk Road Alice. Interestingly, in the beginning of that theme, the melody plays a variation of Theme of Eastern Story.

During 2001, ZUN arranged the entire game's soundtrack (minus Titled Maid) and published those arranges on his MIDI page. These versions contain additional melodies, phrases and sections. While most of these end in a fade-out, the arrange of Herselves features a slower variation of its last part to close out the song. Plastic Space, Inventive City and Hourai Illusion ~ far East became part of ZUN's Strange Works.

Later, ZUN did further arranges of the game's music that appeared on his music CDs. On Dolls in Pseudo Paradise, Dichromatic Lotus Butterfly ~ Ancients was arranged as Dichromatic Lotus Butterfly ~ Red and White to have a more synthesizer-driven sound, and Mechanical Circus ~ Reverie got a slower and more subdued arrange named Circus Reverie. Ghostly Field Club had a version of Magical Girl Crusade, a preview version of which can be found on ZUN's MP3 page. For Changeability of Strange Dream, Illusory Science ~ Doll's Phantom was arranged as Phantasm Machine ~ Phantom Factory. Also, Fly above Hatoyama at Night got an FM synthesis arrange named Fly above Hatoyama at Night - Power MIX on the Perfect Memento in Strict Sense CD, adding a melody which the theme originally lacked. The CD included with The Grimoire of Marisa featured an arrange of Illusionary Sputnik Night.

Some themes from this game was also arranged in the Touhou games, where Marisa's theme in Immaterial and Missing Power is an arrange of The Witches' Ball ~ Magus and Reimu's theme in Touhou Hisoutensoku is an arrange of Dichromatic Lotus Butterfly ~ Ancients, both arranged by U2. Marisa's theme in Fairy Wars (Magus Night) was originally meant to be an arrange of The Witches' Ball ~ Magus, but because ZUN had forgotten the theme and only had some impressions left in his mind, Magus Night became a completely different song.


Ponchi (ぽんち) — Program

Doku Den P (毒電P) — Graphic, Sound Effect

ZUN — Graphic, Music

hiroyuki-chan (ひろゆきちゃん) — Graphic, Sound Effect

Mac-Key — Graphic, Scenario

few — Scenario

Running on the latest computers[edit]

This game doesn't run correctly on Windows Vista/7, possibly not on XP as well as it has a hard time running in full 60fps for most cases on newer PCs. The following should help on how to run it properly, so in order to play it if the game appears to be going slow, do the following:

  1. Run the game and go to the Graphics options in-game. Change the 8-bit colors to 16-bit and then change the FPS to 30fps or 20fps.
  2. Play the game, but if just doing the above doesn't work, continue with the following.
  3. Right click on 秋霜玉.exe and click on properties. Go to the compatibility tab and tic the box under compatibility and change it to Windows NT 4.0, then click OK.
  4. This is optional, but tic the box Run in 256 colors under settings as it may improve gameplay, then click OK.
  5. Play the game!

That will make it run more smoother on any newer (2003+) machine, but it may skip a frame at time to keep with the correct speed. It may also go faster than usual. However, the option above doesn't work on some machines, but there is another way to run game at full 60fps by doing the following:

  1. Click on Start, then click/type Run and type "dxdiag", then click OK.
  2. Click on the Screen tab and disable DirectDraw Acceleration, then click Apply (just in case).
  3. Play the game!

The game should now run at full 60fps, but remember to run DDA after playing as it's vital. For reasons, users with Windows 7 are unavailable to disable DirectDraw Acceleration due to becoming a needed type of hardware.[1].

If you found a way to disable DDA on Windows 7, please add and explain.

Note: The 16-bit graphics mode leads to broken graphics with nVidia Forceware Driver 295.73 and newer. The latest WHQL certified driver with playable 16-bit graphics mode is 285.58.

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