Wily Beast and Weakest Creature

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東方鬼形獣 (とうほうきけいじゅう)
Wily Beast and Weakest Creature
Wily Beast and Weakest Creature cover
Developer

Team Shanghai Alice

Publisher

Team Shanghai Alice

Released

Trial: May 5, 2019 (Reitaisai 16)
Full version: August 12, 2019 (Comiket 96)

Genre

Vertical Danmaku Shooting Game

Gameplay

Single-Player Story Mode

Platforms

Windows 7/8/10

Requirements

Steam Version

  • Windows 7, 8, 10
  • Core 2 Duo CPU or higher
  • 600MB hard disk
  • 1024MB RAM (Recommended 2048m)
  • Directx 9.0c

Touhou Kikeijuu (Oni-Shaped Beast) ~ Wily Beast and Weakest Creature (東方鬼形獣 ~ Wily Beast and Weakest Creature) is the seventeenth official installment of the Touhou Project. It was announced by ZUN on his personal blog on April 17, 2019, at 14:02 JST.[1] A playable demo was released on May 5, 2019, at Reitaisai 16. The full version was released August 12, 2019, at Comiket 96.

Gameplay[edit]

There are three main characters: Reimu Hakurei, Marisa Kirisame, and Youmu Konpaku. The player can equip one of three animal spirits, namely "Wolf", "Otter" and "Eagle". "Wolf" powers up the player's focused shot, "Otter" either powers up the player's bombs or provides a bullet-erasing barrier, and "Eagle" powers up the player's unfocused shot.[1]

Upon defeating certain enemies and in-between each Spell Card, items called Spirit Items will appear on screen and bounce around for a very long time, similar to Undefined Fantastic Object's UFOs.
There are three Beast Items (one for Wolf, Otter and Eagle) which periodically cycle in an order.

Upon collecting five Spirit Items, the player enters Roaring Mode. Similarly to Perfect Cherry Blossom's Supernatural Border mode, Roaring Mode can end by timeout, calling off or by being hit, which negates the hit. While ending Roaring Mode by timeout creates new Beast Items, ending it through any other method triggers a Spirit Strike which deletes nearby bullets. All standard non-basic drops (lives, bombs, high-value power & high-value points) now also feed into this system.

Triggering Roaring Mode with three or more of the same Beast Spirits will give the player special bonuses.

  • For three or more Wolf Spirits, the player's focused shot will be improved (and shot even whilst unfocused).
  • For three or more Otter Spirits, the player will receive an orbiting bullet shield.
  • For three of more Eagle Spirits, the player's unfocused shot will be improved (and shot even whilst focused).

Triggering such a Berserk Roaring Mode which matches your Shot Type and/or with more than three Beast Items will elongate its duration.

This game sees the return of Spell Practice and marks the addition of "Achievements" to the franchise. These reward completing each scenario, difficulty, 1ccs and no-miss runs.
There are also secret achievements to be found.

Concept[edit]

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In the game's preliminary description, ZUN describes it as "a shooting game that's darker than usual, full of animal elements, and just a bit aggressive."[1]

Name[edit]

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Story[edit]

Beast spirits began to invade from Hell en masse.

"They're trying to take over the surface world with brute force and sheer numbers.
I beg of you! Venture into Hell with me, and put a stop to their plans!"

So she was told, by a beast spirit that was cooperative with humans...

Reimu, Marisa and Youmu encounter several animal spirits from Hell, who claim that their fellow animal spirits are plotting to take over the surface world. The three heroines team up with the spirits, and venture into Hell to take out this new potential threat.

Music[edit]

Wily Beast and Weakest Creature has 17 different tracks in it excluding the Player Score song, which can all be unlocked in the sound test by hearing them at least once in-game. The Stage 6 theme "Electric Heritage" is an arranged version of "Entrusting this World to Idols ~ Idolatrize World ", and the staff roll theme "Returning Home from the Underground" is, as is stated in the comment, an arranged version of the Stage 4 theme "Unlocated Hell". Several songs from this soundtrack aim to "portray a Touhou-esque view" of the afterlife, as seen in the description of "The Lamentations Known Only by Jizo" and "Everlasting Red Spider Lily".

ZUN sees "The Lamentations Known Only by Jizo" as very first instance of a Stage 1 theme being not "bright" and "cheery", but rather feeling more melancholy. "Unlocated Hell" marks another self-admitted failure of an attempt at heavy metal (see Sakuya's theme). Many of the later songs do include the now classic ZUN-electric guitar. On the note of "electric", "Electric Heritage" is one of the first songs of the Touhou Project to have a distinct "Cyber" feeling.

Press[edit]

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Wily Beast and Weakest Creature was first announced on ZUN's blog on April 17, 2019, along with information about the characters and story, and several in-development screenshots.

Gallery[edit]

English patch[edit]

Touhou Community Reliant Automatic Patcher / THCRAP

These patches are a community translation based on Touhou Wiki and the English Touhou Patch Center Portal.
Visit the thpatch game page to find the specific patch contents for Wily Beast and Weakest Creature.


External Links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 ZUN (April 17, 2019). "東方Project 第17弾です" (in 日本語).