Oh man, I’m tired, and I really had to force myself to make this post. Anyway…
Phantasmagoria of Dim. Dream put a new spin on the Touhou games. Two characters indirectly combat one another by charging and releasing spell cards. This was also used in the 9th Touhou game.
The game centers around some mysterious ruins that appeared just outside of the Hakurei Shrine. The player joins in a violent competition with the other people who want to explore them and it is said that the one who reaches the heart of the ruins first will win a fantastic prize.
This specific game is a competitive vertical danmaku shooter, much like the rest, but with nothing but boss fights, which get increasingly more difficult. There are also game modes to face off against individual CPUs or Human opponents using spell cards to whittle away the health of the adversary. This game also features a hell of a lot of playable characters too, almost every character that appears in the game.
Too tired and too late to paraphrase the following, so copy/paste it is:
While enjoying a quiet morning walk, the local shrine maiden Reimu Hakurei stumbles across some curious ruins a short distance from the Hakurei Shrine‘s gateway. Spotting Mima and Marisa Kirisame among the crowd gathered, Reimu inquires about the ruins’ sudden appearance and is given a flier indicating that the Grand Opening is to occur shortly and that those who enter will be rewarded. Unable to locate any sort of entrance into the ruins, the group instead discovers a notice posted nearby which warns that the ruins can only support one visitor. Thus those wishing to enter the ruins decide to stage an impromptu competition: the one who defeats all others will be allowed to enter the ruins and receive the mystery prize.
The contest winner, having successfully trounced all seven rounds of competition, triumphantly enters the ruins only to be confronted by Chiyuri Kitashirakawa, who levels a strange weapon at the winner and demands that she follow her deeper into the ruins. Yumemi Okazaki appears and accosts Chiyuri for her brusque treatment of their visitor before explaining that the ruins are actually a “probability space hypervessel.” Yumemi has come to this world to study the amazing magical powers of its inhabitants and, after denying any knowledge of the promised reward, orders Chiyuri to battle the winner so that she may observe and record data.
Afterward, Yumemi rages that Chiyuri was defeated before she was able to gather enough data and strikes a deal with the protagonist: should the winner be able to defeat her as well, Yumemi will grant her one wish; however if Yumemi wins, the visitor must return with her to their world for further study. Once beaten, Yumemi holds true to her promise and the victor is rewarded well for her efforts.
This concludes today’s post, so I’m off to bed now.