Taisei is an open source game for Microsoft Windows that is a fan-made clone of the popular Japanese bullet hell shooter series Touhou Project.
I love Japanese shoot'em-up games ever since I got my hands on games like R-Type, Raiden, or Apydia. I love so-called Bullet Hell games even more even though I'm not particularly good when it comes to playing them.
Bullet Hell games, as the name suggests already, throw an unbelievable number of bullets at you. The games are more about dodging enemy bullets to stay alive than shooting down enemies to prevent that they shoot at you in first place.
Taisei is a free game that you can download and play on all current Windows PCs (and Mac OS X and Linux according to GitHub). The game is open source and you can check out the source on GitHub if you like.
You need to install the game before you can play it, unfortunately. The game supports game controllers but you can play it with the keyboard as well if you don't have access to a controller.
The general controls are:
Taisei has four difficulty levels and two different protaganists with two different skills that you may select to play with. The game plays well even on the latest version of Windows 10; you try to dodge enemy bullets as you will lose a live whenever you are hit.
You may collect items that enemies drop to increase your power level and throw smart bombs if you have any to clear the screen.
Taisei features several bosses that you need to fight in order to proceed. While the game is not particularly long, it is quite challenging if you play it on any level but easy.
Check out the following video which highlights game play and the massive number of bullets that are on the screen at the same time.
You can practice any stage or boss if you find a stage or end boss particularly difficult to defeat. Note that some options are only available to you if you have been to that stage or boss already.
The game ran flawlessly at 60 frames per second on a decent PC running Windows 10. Visuals are okay for a free game but they are not on the same level as commercial shoot'em up games. That does not mean that you cannot have fun playing the game though.
Taisei is a free bullet hell game for Windows PCs, Macs and Linux devices. It features multiple stages and bosses, and four difficulty levels to ensure that anyone can play it. Beginners should definitely start with the easy difficultly level as it is difficult enough already for inexperienced gamers.
If you played shooter games before, you may want to try the normal difficulty level instead and see how far you get.
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