Frontier Asia came out with a game called “Koumajo Densetsu ~ Scarlet Symphony”(紅魔城伝説 緋色の交響曲) at C76. I believe it’s a Castlevania-styled platformer starring Touhou characters, with a touch of danmaku to boot.
Whatever the case, it’s beautiful to look at.
I’m not a big fan of the Castlevania series – probably just because I’ve never played the games. If I played every single game that people told me “oh my god you’ve never played it PLAY IT NOW >o<”, I wouldn’t have any time for a life, you see! In any case, this game is really hard. It took me four or five tries to beat the first stage. I think the key is to move forward cautiously and not just run through the whole level, because those damn birds will impale you at the slightest chance.
Overall, this game impressed me a lot. First off, it looks amazing. Both the normal artwork and the sprite artwork present a very unique feel to the game(that I guess is supposed to remind you of Castlevania). Second off, the music is fantastic. There’s even a vocal opening song if you let the title screen sit for a few seconds. I think there might be an ending song, too, but I’ll never get that far :D
First boss is Cirno. All the bosses seem to have one pattern. But it’s still kind of difficult until you get the controls down. Basically, you have a whip(er, that thing Reimu carries), and you can fly, and throw cards. Using all these skills in tandem is the key to victory, it seems.
Stage 2 is significantly harder, because there are these weird birds that drop big frogs on you, and lizard men that pop out of the water and take three hits to kill. At the end, you face China. She killed me, so I don’t know what’s after her.
She shoots some rainbow bullets at you, calls up the maids for an attack, and even karate-kicks your FACE. That’s usually what kills me.
So, even though this is a tough game, it looks and sounds beautiful. The one complaint I have is the length of your invincibility after getting hit – it’s so short, you could end up being hit by the same bullet like three times if you’re not paying attention, and that really sucks. If you’re a fan of CV and/or platformers and/or Touhou, I suggest you check it out, just to see if you like it.
I gotta go, just got 12.3.