Touhou 1: The Highly Responsive to Prayers NES Demake

NOTE: As of January 13, 2023, technical support for this game has been discontinued. The game will still be downloadable and playable. For more information, please read this blog post.

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Experience the classic game that started it all.

From the programmer that brought you Chuhou Joutai, Drillimation Systems brings you a port of the game that helped kickstart an internet sensation.

Meet Reimu Hakurei: the eternal shrine maiden.

Once upon a time, there were two races that ruled over Gensokyo (The Land of Illusions): humanoids and youkai. They both helped bring peace to the world. One day, war broke out between the two races. The humanoids were largely unsuccessful, as the youkai dominated over Gensokyo. During the battle, an important landmark in the eastern part of the land was destroyed: the Hakurei Shrine.

Underneath the rubble, a young shrine maiden named Reimu Hakurei emerges. You are destined to go out and punish the one responsible. But, there are two paths to take. Armed with a mighty wand, an infinite supply of throwing amulets, and a yin-yang orb, you must make your way across the Aetherworld (Makai) or the Netherworld (Jigoku). But, once you meet the Angel of Death, be sure to keep your stake sharp. And say your prayers!


System Requirements

Microsoft Windows:

  • Operating System: Windows 7 SP1 or higher (64-bit only)
  • Processor: 64-bit Intel Dual Core CPU
  • Video Card: DirectX 11 or higher
  • Resolution: Screen is automatically sized based on the size of your monitor. For the best experience, we recommend using a monitor that is at least 1024 pixels wide and 960 pixels tall.
  • Hard Drive Space: 28 MB
  • RAM: 1GB or higher
  • Controllers: Keyboard or Bluetooth-compatible gamepad

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Version History

Version 3.0

  • Updated the game to be compatible with the latest version of GameMaker Studio.
  • Added a feature where you can change the region and/or enable windowed mode.
  • Modified one of Elis’s attacks to prevent a game-breaking bug that would cause the game to unexpectedly close without an error message.

Version 2.0.2

  • Fixed a major issue where sliding would not work when playing the game with a keyboard.

Version 2.0.1

  • Fixed a minor issue with the HUD for the bosses.

Version 2.0.0

  • A sound now plays when you get an extra life. It’s the exact same one when you collect a heal berry in Chuhou Joutai.
  • The art style has been made more realistic in order to fit the Touhou universe’s realistic world.
  • The credits have been updated to show where the designs for Sariel and Konngara got their inspirations from.

Version 1.1.2

  • Fixed an issue where the game would crash after dying during the fight with YuuganMagan or Elis.
  • Balance adjustment made to the yin-yang orb. The orb now flies higher after hitting it while sliding.

Version 1.1.1

  • Fixed an issue where Reimu would not move when inputting arrow key commands on a keyboard.

Version 1.1.0

  • Hurry up alarm is now in the game.
  • Balance adjustments made to one stage of the Nether World 3.
  • Everything is now into one folder, and regional changes are now done automatically based on where you live. Players living in Japan will see the original Japanese version, while players outside of Japan will see the overseas version.
  • Fixed an issue where Elis could not be defeated.
  • Instruction manuals have been added and were written in both English and Japanese.

Version 1.0.0

  • Initial release.

This game is freeware meaning you are free to distribute it in any way you like. Drillimation Systems is the author of this software for the purpose of copyright. Regardless of any of the above-mentioned, the copyright of Touhou Project, reserved by Team Shanghai Alice/ZUN. All rights reserved.

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