While fighting games have been around for quite some time, and each franchise certainly has its own signature feel, there are certain constants gamers have come to expect. Then, every once in a while, someone new comes along and shakes things up… though whether that is good, bad, or somewhere in between is typically in the eye of the beholder. I’d say Touhou Hyouibana falls somewhere squarely in the middle, absolutely innovating and possessing a unique multi-level style that, in many ways, feels like a blend of a fighter and a bullet hell shooter. Add to that the fact that its look is distinct and quite gorgeous and I don’t doubt the game will have fans. That said, while the move sets per fighter have their own sort of flow and style you can slowly get accustomed to the lack of guidance in how the moves and mechanics work feels like something out of a few decades ago where people would get a strategy guide to help progress. Regardless, there’s no doubt it’s a unique fighter worth giving a look if you’ve been looking for something to break the traditional mold.
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