Hidden Star in Four Seasons
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Stylistically, Hidden Star in Four Seasons is very varying , with the atmosphere varying from melancholia, intoxicating, or even threatening, which fits well with the environment of the mixed seasons.
In Hidden Star in Four Seasons, ZUN wanted to return in some form to the Touhou parts of the early Windows era. As in older parts, the player is rewarded with Extends through higher scores, the game's own mechanics are significantly less complex than in its predecessors, and the difficulty drops again after Legacy of Lunatic Kingdom. Also, the game's third stage marks Lily White's first midboss appearance since Perfect Cherry Blossom.
The "Hidden" in the title is referring to youkai who normally stay hidden, out of society. It also refers to Okina Matara, a literal "hidden" god. "Four seasons" literally refers to the four seasons, Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter.
Despite it being midsummer, the seasons in various locations are completely out of whack. Hakurei Shrine is showered in cherry petals, the Youkai Mountain is basking in the middle of autumn, and the Forest of Magic is blanketed in snow. To add to that, thanks to some strange force, Gensokyo's fairies are running rampant with unfathomable strength. In the midst of this undeniable incident, the heroine sets out to investigate and confront the perpetrator behind it.
Hidden Star in Four Seasons has 17 new songs, 7 boss themes, 7 stage themes, a title theme, an ending theme and an arrangement of a stage theme for the Staff Roll. Some of the songs are more melancholic. One of the songs, that of the fifth boss fight, is unusually confused and insane.
Hidden Star in Four Seasons was first announced on ZUN's blog on April 20, 2017. He confirmed playable characters and posted in-development screenshots.
He noted that he was aiming for a "light and refreshing feeling" and would like to "return to [his] roots with something that simply aims to make you feel good to play". On May 5, ZUN showed the demo CD that would be released at next Reitaisai.
During the 86th edition of the Nikenme Radio show on October 30th, 2017, ZUN announced that a Steam release for the game was planned. This was also mentioned by Tasofro in a blog entry following the show.
CD Demo featuring Eternity Larva.
- Community translations from the Touhou Patch Center wiki.
- Select lang_en during patching.
- Video walkthrough
- Also available as a pre-packaged standalone (not recommended).
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 Hidden Star in Four Seasons.
- ZUN (April 20, 2017). "東方Project 第16弾です" (in 日本語).
- Drake (20 April 2017). "Touhou 16 「東方天空璋(とうほうてんくうしょう) ～ Hidden Star in Four Seasons」 announced". Retrieved 21 April 2017.
- ZUN (October 30, 2017). "youtube版 ２軒目から始まるラジオ （第86回）" (in 日本語). Retrieved November 1, 2017.
- 海原海豚 (November 1, 2017). "東方憑依華リリース情報" [Touhou Hyouibana release information] (in 日本語).