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Touhou Arcadia Record

Touhou Arcadia Record

Yoyo138

1.0

PLEASE READ THIS BEFORE YOU DOWNLOAD OR EVEN IF YOU HAVE ALREADY DOWNLOADED! THIS NEW GAME HAS A HISTORY OF A BOOTLEG TOUHOU GAME!

(I cannot fit everything I know of in here and it is already too much for many who do not like long comments. There are Youtube links that should briefly cover the history of KLab's fraud, as Touhou AR is simply a re-skin of their previous games. You can find the links near the bottom for your convenience. Otherwise, please proceed.)

It seems a lot of people in (mostly but not limited to) the Western side do not know this. You may have seen in the comments, a lot of Chinese reviews are unhappy and for good reason. Despite that, people still don't get it, whether due to langauge barrier or what not. I, as a Chinese, would like to fill in that gap and communicate to the English audience of the Touhou community or even if you don't know about Touhou at all.

I should note, all artworks and assets are indeed legitimate in Arcadia Record, to clear any confusion.

The company "KLab", which develops mobile games, has previously been involved (multiple times actually) in plagerism and stealing assets. They (along with another company called DOBALA) made a game called Flying Witch (飞天小魔女 - this is the bootleg) in 2018 using what appears to be the Touhou cast, but nothing other than the character art resemble Touhou - one obvious thing are the character names in that game, are not what they're actually supposed to be (it's actually quite funny). The company has also reusued many assets from that game now in Arcadia Record e.g. Boss sprites during the boss stages. It was obvious that the game wanted to attract non-Touhou fans, but of course Touhou fans would find out.

In 2021, KLab came out with another game called Danmaku Fantasy (弹幕幻想), a re-skin of Flying Witch. This time, it actually presented itself as a Touhou game. Oh, but there was a shady English translation that had the word "spin-off" in its description (The Japanese announcement used "derivative work" which was the correct term as the game is simply a fan game). Spin-off would mean that it is a legit sequel to Touhou and that ZUN (the one person creator of Touhou) would have approved and worked along it. This is not the case of course. If you want to read a longer case about the copyright-related issue, check this English source: https://mimidoshima.wordpress.com/2021/04/27/did-i-just-read-ip-laws-for-the-sake-of-touhou/.
There were a whole lot more on why ZUN allowed KLab to create a Touhou game, in some way of fraud. This is just a little part of it.

This company has a whole timeline of stealing assets, artwork and music fraud from other small creators. It stretches beyond just Touhou, but Touhou was an easy target for its vulnerability (Team Shanghai Alice is only ZUN) and the appeal for a certain audience. Their promotions for Flying Witch were blatant makeshifts of stolen works. And now once again KLab thought they could bleach wash their history and appear legitimate. Arcadia Record is simply a re-skin of Danmaku Fantasy/Flying Witch.

As I cannot fit everything in here, I have attached two videos below that have well-gathered information:

Touhou Arcadia Record's Dark History: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1K2iV89PruY

A Copyright Infringing Touhou Game (Danmaku Fantasy) (watch English subs within the vid): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pGOxUaZ3K_w

EDIT: Alright, so it turns out Arcadia Record was not going to be a clean game with KLab's involvement. KLab has continued to have suspicious activities, but this time being very careful behind the scenes (none of that easily recognisable plagerism). Take a look at this page if you'd like to: https://moriyashrine.org/forums/topic/970-do-touhou-and-gacha-work-together-2022-touhou-lostword-danmaku-kagura-soon-to-be-closed-arcadia-record/page/5/#comment-8854 (refer to the first comment about AR) -END OF EDIT-

I hope you can understand our concerns. It is for some of us fans, a duty to protect Touhou, a community that dates far far back. Mobile games like these are not what we want the community's reputation to be like. I suppose there's nothing we can do to stop KLab - since they can just gold-dig and leave due to pressure - but at least we are trying and more people will be aware.

If you still decide to play the game despite all this, I have no saying on that. Just keep in mind that KLab is untrustworthy and disrepectful to Touhou and other communities, solely using it as a popular title for crashgrab. True Touhou fans and the people that support the rights of small creators and that their works be respected, know to stay away from such a game.

As a last. If you still wish to play, then play as you will, but an advice DO NOT. put any money into it.

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GachaPengu

3.4

First day player impression. This game is fine. Artwork and voice acting are great, music is amazing because ofcourse, it's still Touhou. Gameplay is possibly the best among all Touhou gacha game. Which doesn't say much because most of them are disappointments, i know. But it's alright. A mix of Zombie Tsunami and some bullet hell, some RPG elements. Unlike CB/LW, it's not a grindfest because of skip tickets. It has auto pilot mode, but you gotta pilot all the harder stages so the fun doesn't simply go away. It's also surprisingly hard to get 3* challenge rewards from a stage(3* challenge, not 3* a stage). Those are: Take no hit, Kill all enemies, Collect all coins. You can also retry a stage if you wish to finish all challenge, it doesn't cost anything. Can borrow friend's support 3 times everyday for free. Oh yeah it also has Memory Film system similar to Genshin's Artifacts/E7 Gears. Ugh.... Hate this RNG. Now.... Gacha. It's hard to say. It's quite similar to Blue Archive which mean "bad enough but managable" SSR(3*) rate is 2.5%, rate up character 0.75%, need 200 for spark, banner last for 2 weeks and the game seems to gives gem as much as most standard gacha game out there. As newbie you can atleast pull 30 times, so use it for rerolling for whoever you like. Overall, not too bad as a side game. For now. Edited: Drop to 3.4 because the crash issue is getting more and more often. It's annoying. Edited(2): After playing for a few months, i came to the conclusion that this game is the best gacha Tohhou game so far. Finally an actual fun, engaging Touhou gacha game with lots of contents. You don't have to trust the devs or me, but i have only seen positive things from them... atleast in this game. Hopefully the next time i edit this review, it wouldn't be bad news. Edited(3): Unfortunately, it was bad news. Events have gotten worse. Character have different skills compare to their PV. Touhou AR also followed LW and released a new Remilia in different clothing as new characters... Worse, she has no voice whatsoever. New PC-98 event looks hype but it was actually just a huge let down. Atleast the gameplay is still alright. Edited(4): This will be my last edit until this game gets better... or closed. Anniversary event happened during Late July and it was a complete disappointment. Only 2 old characters in different clothing as new ones, they don't even have voice. One more new music, which is the first new music after serveral months. That's all, literally nothing else. No new contents ever since my 3rd edit. Apparently Klab no longer have enough money to make new content anymore.... I feel like Arcadia Record won't last much longer. It would take a miracle to save this game. Truly a shame, it had potentials and it was fun.

Awan-san

4.0

Story: It's Japanese so i can't tell how good the story is but their character L2D, lol Gameplay: Like zombie tsunami but with bullet hell gameplay (but my friends told me this is looks like BoboiBoy Rush or Run, idk) Music: Zun's peak music but remixed (HELL YEAH! IOSYS!) Graphics: Like other anime games, the illustration had sexy and beautiful character, but ingame they're being toddlers (Their game resolution can't be changed, so if your phones had specs lower than potato, just be patient) Sfx: This is Touhou game (no matter fanmade or official), so Touhou Sfx must be put in, right? (Welp, there sure had any additional Sfx from them)

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