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The Embodiment of Scarlet Devil is a vertical-scrolling shooter, the sixth official game in the Tōhō series, and the first being made exclusively for the Windows platform.

During a peaceful summer in Gensokyo, an unnatural scarlet mist appears blocking out the sun and causing the affected areas to become dark and cold. Playing as either Reimu Hakurei (a shrine maiden) or Marisa Kirisame (a playful black magician), the player has to battle his way through 6 challenging stages, and face the "Scarlet Devil" behind the cause.

The game is a bullet hell shooter: Enemies are shooting bullets in very high counts, often creating a certain pattern covering the entire playing area. The focus lies more on evading those bullets than on shooting down enemies.

The player has a normal shoot and a limited bomb option which clears the screen of any bullets. Enemies appear in multiple waves, dropping power-up and point items when shot down. The player can use a focus button, causing the character's shoot to become more powerful and his movement to become slower, which makes it easier to avoid bullets.

Each stage has two bosses, one more easy mid-boss and a more difficult final one. These bosses often use multiple "Spell Cards", which create a particularly difficult bullet pattern for the player to avoid.


The Embodiment of Scarlet Devil Windows Pretty easy to dodge
The Embodiment of Scarlet Devil Windows Sakuya
The Embodiment of Scarlet Devil Windows Wave of bullets
The Embodiment of Scarlet Devil Windows Definition of bullet hell

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Alternate Titles

  • "東方紅魔郷" -- Japanese spelling
  • "Touhou Koumakyou" -- Japanese title
  • "Touhou 6" -- Informal title

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User Reviews

Great, but hard danmaku 666gonzo666 (64662) 4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars
I can't believe there's people who play this game. CKeen The Great (165) 0.2 Stars0.2 Stars0.2 Stars0.2 Stars0.2 Stars

Critic Reviews Oct 28, 2010 17 out of 20 85
Independent Zin Dec 10, 2018 70 out of 100 70


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NamelessLegacy (107) added The Embodiment of Scarlet Devil (Windows) on Dec 04, 2008