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Touhou: Scarlet Curiosity
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Touhou: Scarlet Curiosity

A nice mix of bullet hell shooters and action-RPG elements you’ll want to sink your fangs into.

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You’ll have to forgive me that I’m not really familiar with the Touhou series, but I do remember NIS America usually handling the titles instead of XSEED. Looks like the company wanted to get in on the weird but awesome mix of bullet hell shooters and action-RPG elements found in Touhou: Scarlet Curiosity. If you enjoy those genres along with cute girls that range from a vampire to a maid, you’ll want to don your ruffle dress and hop in on the action here.

Here you’ll get to choose from the vampire princess Remilia Scarlet or her maid that cleans up enemies as well as everything else named Sakuya. The two take different quests with the same goal in mind, to stop an evil monster that’s plaguing the land of Gensokyo. Of course they’ll meet plenty of other cute anime girls along the way, some friend and some foe in their quest, and power themselves up with leveling and gear they come across.

The controls are pretty straightforward as you have your attack and jump buttons, along with three slots to place special abilities in. You’ll find they come in handy as you make your way through the game and the enemies start getting progressively more difficult. This is made even more challenging when the bullet hell element comes into play as enemies will light the screen up with projectiles you’ll have to dodge and weave through as best you can, as well as using skills to take them out and have a fighting chance.

As with most RPG-like titles, the two girls here have different play styles and use weapons unique to them. As you play and acquire experience points to level and earn new abilities and skills, you’ll also come across plenty of treasure chests filled with gear for you to equip. The first thing that got me when I played were the simple but fun looking graphics and smooth frame rate which is sure to pull players in right away. And while I did enjoy the somber music that plays throughout, others will probably feel a more faster paced soundtrack should’ve been in order here.

If you’re looking for a unique and fun game to play that won’t make your wallet cry (it’s $20 at the time of this writing), you’ll want to dress up and check out Touhou: Scarlet Curiosity. Cute anime girls, simple but nice graphics with a smooth frame rate, and plenty of bullet hell, action-RPG goodness will have your fangs longing for a bite of this title.

About the Author: Chris Mitchell