Unconnected Marketeers

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東方虹龍洞 (とうほうこうりゅうどう)
Unconnected Marketeers
Unconnected Marketeers
Developer

Team Shanghai Alice

Publisher

Team Shanghai Alice

Released

Trial: March 21, 2021 (Reitaisai 18)
Full version: May 04, 2021 (Steam)
May 13, 2021 (Retail)

Genre

Vertical Danmaku Shooting Game

Gameplay

Single-Player Story Mode

Touhou Kouryuudou (Rainbow Dragon Cave) ~ Unconnected Marketeers (東方虹龍洞 ~ Unconnected Marketeers) is the eighteenth official installment of the Touhou Project. It was announced by ZUN on the Touhou Project news blog Touhou Yomoyama News, February 2021.[1] A playable demo was released on March 21st the same year, at Reitaisai 18, with the full version being released on May 4th on Steam, while the retail version was released on May 13th.

Gameplay[edit]

There are four main characters: Reimu Hakurei, Marisa Kirisame, Sakuya Izayoi and Sanae Kochiya.

The game features 56 ability cards that can either be equipped before starting a playthrough (with some exceptions), or bought at a shop menu after each stage. While only a few are initially available to be equipped in advance, others can be unlocked via successive playthroughs.

An example of the Ability Cards

There are four subcategories of ability cards:

  • Active cards can be used at will with the C key (and switched between with the D key, if several are equipped at once). Most active cards have cooldowns which prevent them from being reused until enough time has passed.
  • Equipment cards give the player extra options which fire additional shots or erase enemy bullets they come in contact with.
  • Passive cards give the player miscellaneous gameplay perks, such as increased shot or spell power or the ability to gain resources under certain circumstances.
  • Item cards serve to increase the player's money, power, or resources when purchased or collected from enemies that drop them. Item cards cannot be equipped by default.

Concept[edit]

Production of the game started around the end of 2020. [2] This game is described as a poppy, rainbow-colored shooting game with a refreshing atmosphere. With a new feature of Ability cards, the game has a similar style to Impossible Spell Card.

Story[edit]

The story revolves around the circulation of mysterious cards, which seem to contain the secrets of various humans and youkai.

Music[edit]

Press[edit]

Unconnected Marketeers was first announced on Touhou Yomoyama News on February 27, 2021, along with information about the characters and story, and several in-development screenshots. It officially released on May 4th, 2021 on Steam, a departure from its usual physical release at the summer Comiket event, due to the international COVID-19 crisis.[3] It is the first ever whole-numbered Touhou Project game, including PC-98 games, not to be released at a Comiket event.

Freebie for Participants of Comic1 BS Festival Special[edit]

Chimata's Participation Certificate for Free Market

Those that bought the game at the doujin event Comic1 BS Festival Special in May 2021 received a special ability card featuring Chimata Tenkyuu and ZUN's signature.

千亦の自由市場参加証

市場にて売買を満喫できるようになる天弓千亦の能力
このカードを持っていると、市場での売買が楽しくなり、将来の市場にも楽しく参加出来るようになる。

ネット通販が当たり前のこの時代、
直接売買する市場なんて、もう消えゆく存在なのか?

いや、人間がビットの集合体では無い限り、
市場の神の許可無き売買では決して満足できないだろう。

*このカードは購入後、強制的に装備させられます。
Chimata's Participation Certificate for Free Market

With this card, you will have fun buying and selling in the market and will be able to participate in future markets.

In this era when online shopping is commonplace. Will face-to-face market transactions disappear?

No, unless humans are a collection of bits, we will never be satisfied with buying and selling without the permission of the god of the market.

*This card will be forcibly equipped after purchase.

External Links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ZUN (February 27, 2021). "東方Project 第18弾 東方虹龍洞 〜 Unconnected Marketeers" (in 日本語).
  2. ZUN (2021-07-17). "東方ステーション #27 東方虹龍洞特集" [Touhou Station #27: Touhou Kouryuudou Edition]. Mildon (Livestream) (in 日本語). Retrieved 2021-07-17. 「実際に手を動かしてるのは年末、でもその前からずっとアイデアは練ってるよ」「スケッチとかは書かない。覚えてなかったのは忘れる。小手先のテクニックに凝ってしまう気がする。ずっと頭の中でループさせておく」
  3. Kazuma Hashimoto (SiliconEra) (March 8, 2021). "Comiket 99 Postponed and Pushed Back to Winter 2021".