Bunbunmaru Newspaper reporter Aya Shameimaru is out looking for a scoop. Playing as Aya, you will find plenty of interesting Gensokyo girls to look into.
Unique Gameplay Mechanics
Why Photography? Doesn't She Shoot?
* I don't shoot, I snap. This is Aya's basic principle when going out for a scoop - you will immediately notice there's no possible way to actually fire back at the enemies. This isn't because Aya is incapable of an offensive (one play of PoFV would disprove that theory); rather, the storyline reason provided is that she simply doesn't want her own bullets to appear in her photos. Indeed, she's not interested in actually defeating her subjects - she's out for a scoop, not a battle.
* The way unlocking new Levels works is, Aya wants a particular number of photos of each spell card (each Scene), ranging from 3 early on in the game, to as many as 10 for particularly interesting girls late in the game. Meet Aya's quota, and she'll declare victory on her own; just clear enough scenes overall, or a quota of scenes specifically from the previous Level, and you will unlock a new Level to investigate.
Charging & Snapping
* Aya's camera must be fully-charged to 100% in order to snap a picture with it. It'll charge at a slow rate on its own regardless of your movement speed, but if you can find a good safe spot, you can have Aya dedicate additional energy to charging it faster:
-> Hold [Shift] to Focus, which will slow her down, and display her hitbox.
-> Hold [Shift] AND Snap [Z] to force Aya to quite nearly a full stop to dedicate all her available energy to charging the camera as fast as possible.
* Once the camera's charged, you must let go of the Focus button, then press and hold Snap [Z] to bring up the viewfinder. You can move the frame around a bit before you release the button to snap the picture, but the longer you expose the film, the smaller the frame gets - if you expose it too long, it becomes overexposed, and Aya is forced to drop the picture entirely.
Snapping for Success
* Aya's main aim is to photograph the girl herself (the boss), although anything Aya considers "beautiful" is also permitted and encouraged to be in the photo as well; she considers the bullets, other targets, and of course herself, to be beautiful.
* However, if the photo does not at least capture the boss, Aya will not hesitate to drop the photo, declaring your pathetic attempt a "Failure."
* If you do capture the boss in the photo, then Aya bothers to record the shot, and it gets pinned to the wall outside the playfield. She'll also check the logistics of the picture, including where the boss is in the frame, as well as awarding bonuses for snapping beautiful bullet patterns, beautiful spell circles, and also her beautiful self, if you can squeeze her in there somewhere.
Snapping for Defense
* Since Aya refuses to return fire, and will not use her spell cards, your camera also becomes your means of defense. So when you're out there snapping pictures, you must think of your camera's defensive properties. Any bullets you capture in a photo are cleared from the screen, and moreover, they're converted to additional camera-charging energy. If the shot is a Failure (and chances are, most defensive snaps are probably Failures), Aya won't need extra energy to record the shot - energy gain from bullets is double for Failure shots, meaning you can be up in that girl's face again in no time.
* This scorefile was provided by Drizzle.
* It has true 100% completion status, meaning that all stages are both available and cleared.