|Genres||Shoot'em up, Fighting|
|Developers||Taito Coporation (previously Amusement Makers)|
|Platforms||NEC PC-9801, Windows|
|Platform of origin||NEC PC-9801|
|First release||Highly Responsive to Prayers|
|Latest release||Double Dealing Character|
August 12, 2013
|Official website||Maker's website|
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The Touhou Project (東方Project Tōhō Purojekuto, lit. Eastern Project), also known as Toho Project or Project Shrine Maiden, is a Japanese dōjin game series focused on bullet hell shooters made by Taito Corporation.
The series mainly takes place in Gensokyo (幻想郷 Gensōkyō, "Land of Illusions" or "Land of Fantasy"). The main Touhou theme is Shintō, though other themes like Buddhism and Taoism is referenced/seen.
The Touhou Project games were originally made by Amusement Makers, and their first game, Highly Responsive to Prayers was released in 1996 for the PC-98. The next four Touhou games would then be released between 1997 to 1998, with Mystic Square being the last released game by them.
The series took a break for a while, when ZUN left Amusement Makers and went to work at Taito Corporation. However, by 2000, ZUN went back to working on Touhou under Taito, and by 2002, he released Embodiment of Scarlet Devil. It proved to be a big hit, and was soon later released in North America. While it didn't get much sales there, it did help spread its popularity.
In 2003, Perfect Cherry Blossom was released in Japan and North America. For the international release of Perfect Cherry Blossom, the difficulty was toned down a few notches, but would still be decently challenging for the average player.