Azure Reflections, the vibrant, side-scrolling bullet hell from Sony Music Entertainment (Japan)’s publishing label UNTIES and developer Souvenir Circ., casts spells on Steam today. An additional mode featuring two new bosses drops on Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4 simultaneously.
Coming to Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4 alongside the Steam launch is Boss Rush mode, pitting the girls against all the bosses in rapid succession as they race to cause maximum damage in the shortest possible time. Two new foes also enter the fray, as playable characters Reimu and Marisa become enemies to vanquish.
Choose from three playable characters, a priestess, an ice fairy or a magician, each with powerful abilities and spell cards including an icicle machine gun and a shower of deadly sparks. Performance against bullet hell bosses branches the narrative path, with higher scores on harder difficulties unlocking the best endings in this bullet hell shooter with a horizontal twist.
Buy stat-boosting yet fashionable accessories such as an angel halo, devil headband, jeweled crowns and animal masks to customize the maidens for different play styles to defeat bosses swiftly and climb the leaderboards. Looks can be deceiving, for the cute items become quite deadly when they extend the duration of death bombs or give the ladies more maneuverability and autofire.
“Everything that made Azure Reflections already great is here in the Steam version, but we couldn’t bring the game to Steam without addressing some of the changes most requested by fans,” said John Davis, G&R Representative, UNTIES. “Boss Rush mode will keep players on their toes as they vie for supremacy against other players around the world.”
The Touhou Project is a series recognized by Guinness World Records as the “most prolific fan-made shooter series.” Azure Reflections is a fan-made entry, one of dozens developed in the franchise’s more than 20 year history. The Touhou Project has also spread to other media including commercial fan books, music, light novels, manga and several fan-made anime in addition to the main series.
Azure Reflections is available now on Steam, Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4 for the regular price of $24.99 USD.