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The game may be played using either a keyboard or a gamepad. Key assignment can be configured with config.exe.

Keyboard controls are as follows:

  • Fundamental
    • The Arrow Keys move the character around
    • Z causes a short barrage of shots to be fired; it may be held down for rapidfire
    • X releases a bomb, also known as a Spell Card (presuming that any are left)
    • Left shift slows the character's movement and focuses their shots into a tighter area
    • Esc pauses the game and brings you to the in-game menu
    • Left ctrl fast-forwards through any dialogue
  • Advanced
    • PageUp accelerates the play speed and PageDn cancels it
    • Space accelerates the play speed while it is held down
    • R resets the application
    • BackSpace lets us retry the script
    • Home saves screenshots; entire, play field, and 1/4 size version of it
    • P pauses the game and P or re-activating cancels it
    • Alt+Enter toggles between window mode and fullscreen mode
    • F12 exits the application
  • Debug
    • I makes the character invincible and U cancels it
    • F set playerlifes to 4 and bombs to 5 (Decrase if it was higher)
    • H inflicts damage (10% of the max enemy life) for the enemy

Basic Gameplay

Touhou Danmakufu plays like original Touhou series.

There are 6 game modes: All, Single, Plural, Stage, Directory, and Random.

  • All lists all the available scripts.
  • Single lists all the available single-file scripts.
  • Plural lists all the available multi-file scripts.
  • Stage lists all the available stage scripts.
  • Directory browses the script folder.
  • Random plays one of the available scripts at random.

Scoring Rate

The bare score is not directly added to your score in Touhou Danmakufu. Scoring rate, which is shown at left-bottom of the game field, is multiplied to the gained score. Scoring rate fluctuates based on the following conditions:

  • Shot increases the scoring rate by bits.
  • Getting a spell card adds 2 to the scoring rate and the upper bound.
  • Losing a life decrease 25% of the scoring rate.

The scoring rate will increase up to the upper bound as cherry point of Perfect Cherry Blossom.

Character Statistics

By default, there are two characters to choose from, each of which have two styles of attack. The player decides which character to play and which attack type to use before playing a script. User-defined characters can be added in version 0.12 or later.

Basic Performance
Moving Speed: ★★★
Attack Range: ★★★★
Attack Power: ★★★
Reimu Type A
霊符 (Spirit Spell Card)
Shot: 「ホーミングアミュレット」 ("Homing Amulet")
Bomb: 「夢想封印」 ("Fantasy Seal")
Summary: Excellent against swarms of weak enemies, but less effective against bosses.
Reimu Type B
夢符 (Dream Spell Card)
Shot: 「パスウェイジョンニードル」 ("Persuasion Needle")
Bomb: 「封魔陣」 ("Evil-Sealing Circle")
Summary: A good balance in damage and area covered, but the bomb is fairly weak.
Basic Performance
Moving Speed: ★★★★
Attack Range: ★
Attack Power: ★★★★
Marisa Type A
魔符 (Magic Spell Card)
Shot: 「マジックミサイル」 ("Magic Missile")
Bomb: 「スターダストレヴァリエ」 ("Stardust Reverie")
Summary: Excellent against bosses, but only covers a small area of the screen.
Marisa Type B
恋符 (Love Spell Card)
Shot: 「イリュージョンレーザー」 ("Illusion Laser")
Bomb: 「マスタースパーク」 ("Master Spark")
Summary: A little lacking in both damage and coverage, but the bomb is very strong.

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