Having now researched a bit deeper into what this… thing really is. It’s not a a clone of a Touhou game, it is a mish mash of several of the most popular levels and fights from ALL the touhou games. It is very clearly not just a game in a very narrowly defined genre that one might think is merely similar, no they are using touhou characters, names, designs and where they could manage mechanics. They clearly couldn’t program the correct patterns to many attacks and ended up either skipping some entirely or creating bad versions of the originals while also attaching the original’s names to their patterns.
It is also clear from their site that this is not merely inspired by touhou it is a conscious attempt at ‘recreating’ the games.
Taisei (lit. Occident) is a fan-made Open Source clone of the Tōhō series, written in C using SDL/OpenGL.
Here is a screen from the Taisei video upon which I’ve put a few notations
Here’s “the same” screen from Touhou Embodiment of Scarlet Devil
① The player character and the right side border is clearly depicting Marisa Kirisame
② The spell card in effect at this point in the fight, spell card #6 “Perfect Freeze”
③ Side border depicting Remilia Scarlet, the main protagonist of Embodiment of Scarlet Devil.
What they have absolutely not managed to copy, emulate or even get close to match is the amazing iconic music that makes the Touhou games such a cultural force to be reckoned with.
Compare Touhou 6: Embodiment of Scarlet Devil - Marisa A - Perfect - Lunatic - YouTube
With - YouTube
It sounds like someone who think the art of “remixing” a track is taking it off key, switching a few notes up here and there or remove some stuff. No this is just an atrocity.
If you want to play a bullet hell game, for Kanako’s sake play some proper stuff. There are a few decent ones on steam these days, latest Touhou title comes to mind but there are other choice options as well.