Type: Point-and-Click Action
Release: Reitaisai 9, May 27, 2012
[Mouse]: Control Half Ghost / Aim (Make a circular motion for a rotating slash)
[Left Click]: Danmaku / Confirm
[Right Click]: Movement / Cancel
[Z]: Iaido Stance; Use movement to slash
[X]: Title Screen
[Esc]: Kill Game
Plot Point: (Conjecture) Realizing her own weakness, Youmu trains to become stronger, taking challenges throughout Gensokyo under the supervision of Yuyuko.
How it Works: The game starts off by putting you into a hub area, where you can choose to battle, upgrade your stats, or save the game. Story mode will place you into a boss fight instance. There is no pausing, so make sure that both Youmu and your physical state are ready for a complete duel. You can strike by firing danmaku, sweeping with your sword, or expending spirit in an Iaido blow (Quick draw of the blade; think Kenshin and battoujutsu, or 200 Yojana in 1 Slash). While Iaido is your only attack that expends spirit, it also provides mobility and invincibility frames. Bullets can be absorbed with your blades, which regenerates your spirit. Hitting the enemy with danmaku will also regenerate your spirit. If you fail the boss scene, you can challenge as many times as you like. If you find your strength insufficient, you can train. Training will net you experience points with which to strengthen Youmu, and can be spent to strengthen her base stats or attack options.
Training: Here Youmu can participate in various minigames that help develop your skill in using her various attacks. You will be awarded points with which to upgrade her stats depending on how well you perform. In this order, there is Intruder Shoot-up for shooting, Cherry Blossom Slashing for Iaido, and Bullet Slashing for the rotational slash. As you progress through the story, greater difficulty levels will be unlocked.
Stat Growth: Here Youmu's stats can be upgraded within four major categories, in this order: The Foundations, Danmaku, Iaido, and Sword Sweeping. Within each category are three sub-categories, which will be listed in the order which they appear. The Foundations - Maximum Health, Maximum Spirit, Natural Spirit Recovery Over Time. Danmaku - Bullet Damage, Bullet Size, Bullet Attack Spirit Recovery. Iaido - Attack Strength, Slash Movement Speed, Spirit Cost Reduction. Sword Sweeping - Attack Strength, Attack Range, Bullet Absorption Spirit Recovery.
Story Mode: Here you can continue the story and face boss scenes.
Save Game: This is where you can record your progress. It is recommended that you save at least at the beginning of each chapter.
If you ever find it too difficult to defeat a boss, a strategy that usually works is to stay next to the boss and continuously use the Sword Sweep. You will eat any bullets that are fired while doing damage to the boss, but the game will feel cheap if you abuse this too much. Perhaps its best for such a simple girl to, as Marisa put it, go around "slashing like an idiot."