Title: Touhou: Scarlet Curiosity
Publisher: XSEED Games
Release Date: 2016
Genre: Action RPG
Players: 1 player
Immortality is boring. While one would imagine an all-powerful vampire has a lot to do, such is not the case for Remilia Scarlet. After 500 years, the Scarlet Devil is desperately searching for something new to grab her interest. One day, she finds exactly that when she stumbles upon a newspaper article about a powerful, mysterious monster wreaking havoc across the countryside. Her curiosity piqued, she runs out to investigate this disturbance, letting the tabloids guide her to just where it might be.
After an unsuccessful first investigation, she returns to find her mansion in ruins. It seems the monster has brought the fight to her! Vowing revenge, Remilia sets out with a renewed sense of determination: she will find this monster, and she will make it pay! …And, at least for a time, she might not be quite so bored.
Set in the ever-expanding Touhou Project universe, Touhou: Scarlet Curiosity eschews the series’ shoot-em-up roots in favor of a more action RPG approach, drawing heavy inspiration from Ys in its world and gameplay designs while still retaining its indie roots, having originated as a fan-made game in homage to the legendary ‘bullet-hell’ series. Featuring a wide variety of natural settings presented in high-definition, along with a variety of flashy attacks, tricky platforming, and even some destructible environments, players will have plenty to explore and lots to do as they fight their way through the game’s myriad of aggressive creatures. Combat occurs in real-time, with fast-paced, frenetic maneuvering being a must to avoid the enemies’ complex patterns and waves of projectiles. The action is tied together by a simple yet charming story that draws upon the Touhou Project’s 20 years of lore to help characterize its two playable protagonists, Remilia and Sakuya, adding to the experience for series fans while providing a great jumping-in point for newcomers.
Acclaimed Indie Title Makes Jump to Console
Originally released as a fan-made indie title for PC, Scarlet Curiosity instantly gained a following for its beautiful soundtrack, impressive art direction, and high-speed action, and the leap to PS4 further refines the game with 1080p visuals running at a smooth 60 frames per second.
Two Characters for Twice the Adventure
Players can choose to play as the titular vampire, Remilia Scarlet, who relies on her magic and vampiric abilities to defeat enemies at her own pace, or her devoted maid, Sakuya Izayoi, who prefers close combat as she tears things up with her time control powers and infinite supply of knives.
Familiar Friends and Fearsome Foes
Fans of the Touhou series will find themselves right at home as the game is packed to the gills with fan-favorite characters, some of whom will challenge Remilia and Sakuya to intense boss battles that fill the screen with projectiles in a manner worthy of the renowned Touhou ‘king of bullet hell’ name.
Action and RPG in Equal Measure
While containing all of the combat, platforming, and boss fights of an action game, experience and equipment systems allow players to level up, toughen up, and unlock various special abilities and magic spells to customize their gameplay experience.