Sunday, May 23, 2010

TH 12.5 ダブルスポイラー ~ 東方文花帖 Touhou Bunkachou - Double Spoiler: English Patch Review

As a fan of Shoot the Bullet, the release of Double Spoiler was a real joy for me, and it's a game I play pretty much every day. I was already happy with drywall's StB English Patch (reviewed here), so naturally he was the person to get started on making a patch for this game, with some fine help from some of the other denizens. These guys spent a string of posts discussing how to spell an in-game sound effect, which kind of lends to the spirit of thoroughness here.

I was lucky enough to get to test this thing, and I have to say, it's good stuff. Here's some screenshots:

Installation of the patch is dead easy, and took less than a minute. Gameplay was just fine, too. I'm a sucker for Aya's descriptions of the cards, and seeing them in-game instead of just on the Touhou wiki is pretty nice. The manual is succint and clear.

The only known issue with this game is, on my distro anyway (Linux Mint 8, running WINE 1.1.33), the Music Room looks like this:

But then, I never visit the Music Room, so this isn't exactly a dealbreaker for me, and will likely not be for many others. This is actually a known issue when running Touhou in WINE in general - transparent fonts will also appear in dialogue text for Mountain of Faith, for example.

Overall, a great release. You heard it here, first!