Hidden Star in Four Seasons

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東方天空璋 (とうほうてんくうしょう)
Hidden Star in Four Seasons
Hidden Star in Four Seasons

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Team Shanghai Alice


Trial: May 7, 2017 (Reitaisai 14)
Full version: August 11, 2017 (Comiket 92)
Steam release: November 17, 2017


Vertical Danmaku Shooting Game


Single-Player Story Mode


Steam Version

  • Windows 7, 8, 10
  • Core 2 Duo CPU or higher
  • 600MB hard disk
  • 1024m RAM (Recommended 2048m)
  • Shader Model 2.0 compatible GPU
  • DirectSound compatible Sound Board
  • Directx 9.0c

Touhou Tenkuushou (Heavenly Jade Dipper) ~ Hidden Star in Four Seasons (東方天空璋 ~ Hidden Star in Four Seasons) is the sixteenth official installment of the Touhou Project. It was announced by ZUN on his personal blog on April 20, 2017, at 22:09 JST.[1] A playable demo was released May 7, 2017, at Reitaisai 14, and the full version was released August 11, 2017 at Comiket 92. It was launched on Steam on November 17, 2017, marking Touhou's debut on the platform.


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There are four main characters: Reimu Hakurei, Marisa Kirisame, Cirno (with a tan), and Aya Shameimaru. ZUN described his gameplay intentions as an "ordinary STG" with no big twists[2].


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"[2]. On May 5, ZUN showed the demo CD that would be released at next Reitaisai.

During the 86th edition of the Nikenme Radio show[3] 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[4].


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 Hidden Star in Four Seasons.

External Links[edit]


  1. ZUN (April 20, 2017). "東方Project 第16弾です" (in 日本語).
  2. 2.0 2.1 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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).