Sunken Fossil World
Touhou Gouyoku Ibun
Sunken Fossil World.
1st Trial: 2019/10/06
Single-player Story Mode
Touhou Series chronology
The first trial of Sunken Fossil World was displayed at the 2019 Reitaisai, however due to delays, the full game was not finished until 24 October 2021, releasing after the 18th mainline game, Unconnected Marketeers. On 5 October 2022, preorders opened for the Nintendo Switch port, which released on October 20. Additions to the Switch version include a boss rush mode, Easy mode, Yuuma as a playable character, and official English and Chinese translations.
The game is described as a "horizontal side-scrolling danmaku water action game" on the official website.
Sunken Fossil World was the third game to have no English words in its original title, after Touhou Hisoutensoku and Great Fairy Wars. With the official English translation, it was given the English name of "Sunken Fossil World".
|地上に黒い水が吹き出していた。 その水は異臭を放ち、身体に付くと簡単には落とせなかった。 とても生活用水として使える代物では無かった。
その湧き出る黒い水を凶と見るもの、吉と見るもの、 神聖なものと見るもの、邪悪なものと見るもの、 天災と見るもの、経済的暁光だと見るもの、 様々な憶測が飛び交い、一部ではお祭り騒ぎにもなった。
|Black water gushed out onto the surface. The water released an odd odour, and was hard to get off once stuck to one's body. It was not something that you could use as your everyday water.|
Some saw the gushing water as misfortune, some as good fortune; some saw it as holy, while others as evil; some saw it as a natural disaster, some saw it as a business opportunity, various theories were tossed around. Some even started a festival and made a fuss.
Most of the music in Sunken Fossil World was composed or arranged by ziki_7, who previously arranged a track for the soundtrack of Urban Legend in Limbo. The remaining two tracks, consisting of both of the final boss themes, were composed by ZUN.
- The game's icon shows 油, a Japanese character meaning "oil".