Touhou Youyoumu: Perfect Cherry Blossom

released on Aug 17, 2003

Perfect Cherry Blossom features three playable characters to choose from, and each character has two different sets of skills. Reimu Hakurei is relatively balanced in all areas. Marisa Kirisame moves faster, and uses more powerful attacks with less range. Sakuya Izayoi moves slower, and uses weaker attacks that can hit just about everything on the screen.

A major addition to Perfect Cherry Blossom is the "Cherry" scoring system. Shooting enemies increases your Cherry Points, bombing or dying decreases your Cherry Points, and reaching 50,000 Cherry Points gives you a temporary shield. Cherry Points eventually lead to a higher Cherry Gauge, which increases the points you receive from Point Items.

Other important changes are the appearance of your character's hitbox while you are focused, the properties of your attacks depending on whether you are focused or unfocused, and a helpful cursor along the bottom margin during a boss battle that shows the location of the boss.

This game is also unique in that it includes a "Phantasm Stage" that can be played only after clearing the Extra Stage. ZUN stated that the Extra Stage in this game was meant to be an "easy mode" version; perhaps Phantasm Stage was the original Extra Stage during development.

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This game took everything that made Embodiment of Scarlet Devil an addicting and entertaining game, and refined it to near perfection.
The features introduced such as shift hitbox, varying collection lines, no. of lives and bombs, ect for different characters, and boss position followed at the bottom of the screen have become series staples.

Best touhou OSTs absolutely smack and obviously well enough difficulty.

1cc Sakuya A
This one is a lot easier than EOSD. I kind ot cheesed it with sakuya so i will do a run with Reimu instead soon. Overall i like the quality of life improvements and the cherry points mechanic in this game. Overall, its touhou so its really good.

I have so many things to say about this game, I love Touhou 7 very much. This is the best Touhou I've ever played. The story, gameplay, soundtrack and the characters are amazing. I really like this Touhou a lot. I really recommend it.

This game takes what Touhou EoSD does well and makes it even better than it already is