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A little bullet hell / shoot 'em up for your Monday morning wake up call? Taisei, a free and open source fan game based on the Touhou Project has a fresh release.

It's not a game series I'm personally familiar with, so I had to do a fair bit of research on this one to get some basics. As it turns out, it's incredibly popular. It's spawned a number of fan games, like the popular commercial title Touhou Luna Nights. Taisei is free though, open source and cross-platform and looks quite high-quality too. If you love a challenge and bullet hell, this could be your next game.

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Taisei 1.3.2 is out, while development is ongoing on a much larger 1.4 update. Here's what's new in the latest version you can grab right now:

  • The web version should finally be playable again. It has been broken for a while due to a change in recent Chromium versions, resulting in a black screen in-game. This release finally addresses that problem.
  • Fixed some rendering errors, including the Stage 1 water effect on Intel iGPUs and incorrect laser blurring.
  • Fixed major performance issues on macOS with AMD GPUs. This involved working around a long-standing AMD OpenGL driver bug on macOS.
  • Improved support for high-DPI displays. Taisei should no longer be upscaled by the OS on all supported platforms.
  • Slightly optimized various parts of the engine, including 3D and text rendering.
  • Added GameMode integration on Linux. If you use Feral Interactive's GameMode daemon, GameMode will now be automatically activated when you start Taisei.
  • Fixed some portability problems, mostly for macOS, Switch, and Emscripten builds.
  • Updated the SDL game controller database, enabling out-of-the-box support for even more controllers.

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7 comments

Flabb 3 May
I have been playing this game since release 1.2 (however, I started not so long before 1.3 was released), and I got to say that the game is incredible. The stages and the spell cards (bosses' special attacks) are 100% original and not derived from any "official" Touhou games, they are pretty well balanced (but a lot of them will change in upcoming 1.4 release). My only gripe with old releases was about low-quality character art, but it was vastly improved when Taisei developers commissioned art from the seasoned Touhou fan artist.

So, even if you aren't a fan of Touhou - try it. It's a very well-made bullet hell game.
CJOR 3 May
I love Touhou. Surprised to see this game here, "nobody" knows about this.
On related news today the new official game was released. I don't know if it works on proton.
I'm going to have check this out. My stick hand is itching, and I've been building up my installed STG library.
Nezchan 3 May
I actually got very into the fan comics (and some official ones) made for this series. There's a surprisingly big cast and developed mythos, even before you get to what the fans lay on it, and frankly the setting is inspired, allowing for an incredible amount of variation. The games are so far beyond me it's funny though, so I'll probably give this a miss other than being impressed by it.
elmapul 4 May
kinda awkward having the fan games and not the original, but there are like at least 300 fan games of touhou, and the original games are solo made so we cant expect the developer to port to linux
elmapul 4 May
Quoting: CJORI love Touhou. Surprised to see this game here, "nobody" knows about this.
On related news today the new official game was released. I don't know if it works on proton.
i know about it ;P
but i didnt tested anything beyond 13 (wich was painfully slow on my computer so i didnt bothered with testing the others relased since then)
elmapul 4 May
Quoting: NezchanI actually got very into the fan comics (and some official ones) made for this series. There's a surprisingly big cast and developed mythos, even before you get to what the fans lay on it, and frankly the setting is inspired, allowing for an incredible amount of variation. The games are so far beyond me it's funny though, so I'll probably give this a miss other than being impressed by it.

take a look at the doujin circles that make musics, there are a lot of good stuff, i recommend (among others) shibayan records, almost everything that shibayan touch turn into gold, he made a LOT of master pieces.
and the musics are like, the more you listen, the more you like


Last edited by elmapul on 4 May 2021 at 12:35 am UTC
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