Taisei – A Classy, Frenetic Shoot’em Up Game in the Style of The Touhou Project


This is a top down perspective shoot’em up game in the style of the Touhou Project. It’s fast, furious, and good fun to play.

The Touhou Project is a series of Japanese bullet hell shooter video games developed by the single-person Team Shanghai Alice. The game is set in an isolated world full of Japanese folklore. Taisei is a very challenging game to play, particularly if you’ve never played bullet hell type games. Even the ‘easy’ mode is not easy.

In a shoot ’em up, the player character engages in a lone assault, often in a spacecraft or aircraft, shooting large numbers of enemies while dodging their attacks. The bullet hell tag reflects the plethora of bullets that you must avoid.

Here is a demo of the game.

Features include:

  • 2 characters to play who have different shots:
    • Kirisame Marisa
    • Konpaku Yōmu
  • 6 levels (stages) to tackle. Each stage has a boss and a mid boss:
    • Misty Lake
    • Walk Along the Border
    • Through the Tunnel of Light
    • Forgotten Mansion
    • Climbing the Tower of Babel
    • Roof of the World
  • 4 skill levels:
    • Easy
    • Normal
    • Hard
    • Lunatic
  • Collect items by killing enemies:
    • Blue – increases your score
    • Red – boosts your power
    • Green Star – Bomb. Appears either filled (full bomb) or as an empty outline (bomb fragment). 5 fragments get you a bomb
    • Pink Star – Life or Life fragment
  • Focus fire – makes your weapon more focused at the expense of maneuverability. The mode helps to dodge bullets
  • Support for game controllers – uses SDL2’s unified GameController API
  • A special mode where you can practice the game’s levels
  • Fully portable replays
  • Uses complex math for projectile positioning
  • BGM support
  • Make your very own Taisei reskin

This tutorial shows you how to compile the latest code release – it includes great background music which isn’t yet available in the binary release.

The next release of Taisei will feature background music but get a preview now - watch the above tutorial and build the latest version of the code. The game has been in development for more than 6 years.

Homepage: taisei-project.org
Developer: Andrei Alexeyev, Lukas Weber, Igor Molchanov, and other contributors
License: MIT License
Written in: C

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  • Akari says:

    Hello, huge thanks for featuring us! One thing though: you might have noticed already, but the replay doesn’t work correctly because it’s from the stable 1.1 version. We could’ve sent you one for the bleeding-edge version if we knew you’re going to show that one — with quite a lot less deaths 😉

    I’m glad you like the game and the music though. Our composer will be especially happy 🙂

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