Jigoku Kisetsukan is a bullet hell shootergame with anime-style drawings and chip music.
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Very Positive (33 reviews) - 93% of the 33 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Release Date: May 12, 2015

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About This Game

Jigoku Kisetsukan is a vertical scrolling shoot 'em up of the bullet hell genre with anime-style drawings and chip music.

The game features 6 playable characters with different play style, 5 stages and 4 levels of difficulty.
Each character has a slightly different storyline and a unique final boss fight.

Keyboard Controls

Z : Shoot / Confirm
X : Special attack / Back / Skip dialogue
SHIFT : Focus mode
Arrow keys : Movement
F5 or Alt+Enter : Toggle fullscreen
F6 : Toggle v-sync
F12 : Take a screenshot
ESC : Menu / Skip dialogue

Gamepad Controls

A : Shoot / Confirm
B : Special attack / Back / Skip dialogue
LB : Focus mode
Start : Pause

Documents

Readme : Mechanics explanation, music credits and more.
Character book : Illustrations and background of the characters

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Microsoft® Windows® XP / Vista / 7 / 8
    • Processor: 1.6 GHz processor
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX 9.0c support
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 183 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Microsoft® Windows® XP / Vista / 7 / 8
    • Processor: 2.2 GHz processor
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX 9.0c support
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 183 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: XInput Gamepad / Microsoft Xbox 360 Controller
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Saten
( 2.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 23
2 Continues/10
Would continue again
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mjozog3
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 19
I find this game as a ripoff of the other game.
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future_Tarzan
( 1.0 hrs on record )
Posted: July 16
This game is beautiful. SHOUT OUT 2 THE DEVS 4 GIVING IT AWAY 4 FREE
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AubreyStrawberry
( 3.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 11
I've always been a fan of Touhou games (whether I watch other people play or I personally play those bullet HELL shooter games).
I TOTALLY RECOMMEND THIS GAME (duh it's FREE)<3
-The difficulty is similar to any type of bullet hell or Touhou games. There's EASY, NORMAL, HARD, and HELL (Nightmare mode for Touhou games)
-The art style is really cute
-The music is super catchy
-The storyline is... also kinda bizarre (like any Touhou games ever)
Overall, I LOVE IT
HOWEVER, I just wish I could play this game on a mouse because playing this on my keyboard's arrows keys, with no Steam controller (I might get one soon) is super difficult.
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♥10takuru♥
( 4.0 hrs on record )
Posted: July 10
I'd like to preface this review by saying that I've played the Touhou series for about eight years now. I wouldn't normally do this, but between the naming conventions, usage of character titles, setting, focus on intricate patterns instead of reactionary attacks, and countless other obvious inspirations, the developer has made it clear that they tried to make a Touhou game, so I've been given little choice but to compare Touhou and Jigoku Kisetsukan.

Jigoku Kisetsukan: Sense of the Seasons is a bullet hell shooter following a cast of six characters through a story that I couldn't be terribly bothered to look deeper into. The dialogue between characters is uninspired, and the character designs themselves are questionable - there's a gratuitous amount of cleavage and leg in a game that really doesn't need it, especially if one is inspired by the Touhou series. Beyond that, most of the character designs are at least pleasant to look at, but unfortunately their interaction is somewhat bland, and I simply wasn't given reason to stop and read dialogue before attacking the boss. Character titles are also invoked in the vein of the Touhou series, but really aren't done with the same impact as they are in Touhou, either just directly stating the species or role of the character ("Half-Yōkai"), or stating what they represent ("The Fear of Social Rejection"). The majority of the story mode for each character is fighting the rest of the cast, too, instead of having unique bosses and none of them really seem to want to and do anyway.

The music is pleasant as well, though I wasn't particularly impressed by much of it, and I really didn't get the feeling that certain songs belonged to certain characters, stages, and situations like I get with the Touhou series. The names for the songs didn't help, as few of them seemed to actually refer to the situation or character onscreen. I also didn't feel that the use of the small pixel sprites in gameplay meshed proper with the character art shown during dialogue. A minor complaint, I understand, but still one that dampened my appreciation for the game.

So, all in all, the presentation of the game and its world and story did very little to pull me in as a fan of fantasy, a fan of bullet hell, or even a fan of anime. I gave it a proper chance and lent the storyteller an ear, but I became simply disinterested. All of this may seem like nitpicking, but as a fan of good storytelling, good character design, as a person who dislikes clichés, and especially as a fan of Touhou, which again, this game is clearly trying to be, I was given no choice but to point these things out.

However. I've not talked about the gameplay yet. And that is a thumbs-up above all this, isn't it?

That's because, while the story and characters didn't interest me, the game itself actually did. Even on Easy, this is a decently challenging bullet hell, and I say this after playing through the entirety of the Touhou series so far. When you set out to make a Touhou-inspired bullet hell, I get a twitch in my eye as I expect you to completely rip off the bullet hell itself - I expected to see some very "familiar" patterns as I played through. However, I was pleasantly surprised at how much originality there was in the bullet patterns, and though it's a tangent, I must say that the bullets are very, very beautiful-looking. The only trouble is that, again unlike Touhou, you aren't really given time between bosses' attacks to pick up powerups. It's arguable that this is a method of increasing difficulty, but I would argue back that it's a false one, in a game that has enough genuine and engaging difficulty to get on without it.

You don't have the entire cast available to play from the start - you need to unlock them through playing the game, and I mentioned that the story mode is mostly comprised of the cast fighting each other for no particular reason - and while this is true, each character has a unique end boss that's not a member of the playable cast, and the characters feel very unique to play - at least, to each other, and not necessarily to Touhou. Granted, I, too, would fail to think of a unique shot type after the bullet hell genre as existed for as long as it has.

And, of course, this game is free. While that is not a reason to look past the errors in storytelling, character design, and presentation, Jigoku Kisetsukan is genuinely fun to actually play, and will provide a tangible challenge, even for veterans of the Touhou series. So, despite my criticisms above, which I do stand by, for free, and with a grain of salt, I do recommend this game.
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GenMcBadassPD2
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 8
Not Bad.Actually it`s really fun.
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Ranger Hewki
( 2.7 hrs on record )
Posted: July 6
Where can I buy the soundtrack?
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Pandoev
( 2.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 4
Good gameplay, challenging, keys are responsive, it has some awesome music too, and it's free...
If you like Bullet Hell, then this game is recommended for you.

Basically, it's like Touhou, but it's on Gaben site

PS: Don't play on Easy Mode, unless you're some random 8 years old kid who play this game for free and expect some fun-and-cute-barbie-like game
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遠見結奈後援会
( 1.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 3
Everything is super smooth besides the ♥♥♥♥ING bomb system.
You run into boss's bullets, you die, you don't have enough aura, you cannot beat boss, you have no aura, you run into boss's bullets again. That's how it works.
9/10
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MegaApple
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: July 2
[NOTE : I ususally play games offline, so the counter isn't indicative of how much I've played]

So, this is supposed to be a "beginner level" game for get into bullet hell franchise Touhou Project... *gulp*

In these kind of games, you are a "princess" ship that shoots. You real objective of this game is to survive, not simply kill everything you see in sight.
I'll admit, I was not able to get past the second level. I've played decent amount of Shumps, but the rhythm of this game was vastly different, so this was my first step into the bullet-hell genre.
Fair warning, these games are HARD BRUTAL. You not only need to be sharp on your timing and reflexes, but need to understand and adapt to the rhythm of the game.

However, even was a brutal first time experience, I thoroughly enjoyed it. When I took down the boss, it was an immense sense of satisfaction, words can not describe. In fact, I genuinely surprised why wasn't this game made into a paid release.

  • Really well done art. Not only beautiful and pleasing to look, but also non-intrusive during gameplay as well.
  • SIMPLY AMAZING MUSIC. Boss music are some of the most energetic tracks. This style of music resembles more like Genesis/SNES/TurboGrfx kind of era, with nice melodies in normal stages, and converts to intense beats during boss fights.
  • Your "ship" controls very well, even with keyboard. Be sure to the Focus button, as it makes the movements more precise, which makes maneuvering in smaller spaces much easier.

This is one guy that made this game, and I amazed how he manage to pull this off. And also surprised why this game isn't talked about as often as other free games.

You have no reason not to try this game. It's free, it's very well made, and had a decent amount of enjoyment. Please play it and spread the word.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 3
Everything is super smooth besides the ♥♥♥♥ING bomb system.
You run into boss's bullets, you die, you don't have enough aura, you cannot beat boss, you have no aura, you run into boss's bullets again. That's how it works.
9/10
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 2
[NOTE : I ususally play games offline, so the counter isn't indicative of how much I've played]

So, this is supposed to be a "beginner level" game for get into bullet hell franchise Touhou Project... *gulp*

In these kind of games, you are a "princess" ship that shoots. You real objective of this game is to survive, not simply kill everything you see in sight.
I'll admit, I was not able to get past the second level. I've played decent amount of Shumps, but the rhythm of this game was vastly different, so this was my first step into the bullet-hell genre.
Fair warning, these games are HARD BRUTAL. You not only need to be sharp on your timing and reflexes, but need to understand and adapt to the rhythm of the game.

However, even was a brutal first time experience, I thoroughly enjoyed it. When I took down the boss, it was an immense sense of satisfaction, words can not describe. In fact, I genuinely surprised why wasn't this game made into a paid release.

  • Really well done art. Not only beautiful and pleasing to look, but also non-intrusive during gameplay as well.
  • SIMPLY AMAZING MUSIC. Boss music are some of the most energetic tracks. This style of music resembles more like Genesis/SNES/TurboGrfx kind of era, with nice melodies in normal stages, and converts to intense beats during boss fights.
  • Your "ship" controls very well, even with keyboard. Be sure to the Focus button, as it makes the movements more precise, which makes maneuvering in smaller spaces much easier.

This is one guy that made this game, and I amazed how he manage to pull this off. And also surprised why this game isn't talked about as often as other free games.

You have no reason not to try this game. It's free, it's very well made, and had a decent amount of enjoyment. Please play it and spread the word.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 4
Good gameplay, challenging, keys are responsive, it has some awesome music too, and it's free...
If you like Bullet Hell, then this game is recommended for you.

Basically, it's like Touhou, but it's on Gaben site

PS: Don't play on Easy Mode, unless you're some random 8 years old kid who play this game for free and expect some fun-and-cute-barbie-like game
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 10
I'd like to preface this review by saying that I've played the Touhou series for about eight years now. I wouldn't normally do this, but between the naming conventions, usage of character titles, setting, focus on intricate patterns instead of reactionary attacks, and countless other obvious inspirations, the developer has made it clear that they tried to make a Touhou game, so I've been given little choice but to compare Touhou and Jigoku Kisetsukan.

Jigoku Kisetsukan: Sense of the Seasons is a bullet hell shooter following a cast of six characters through a story that I couldn't be terribly bothered to look deeper into. The dialogue between characters is uninspired, and the character designs themselves are questionable - there's a gratuitous amount of cleavage and leg in a game that really doesn't need it, especially if one is inspired by the Touhou series. Beyond that, most of the character designs are at least pleasant to look at, but unfortunately their interaction is somewhat bland, and I simply wasn't given reason to stop and read dialogue before attacking the boss. Character titles are also invoked in the vein of the Touhou series, but really aren't done with the same impact as they are in Touhou, either just directly stating the species or role of the character ("Half-Yōkai"), or stating what they represent ("The Fear of Social Rejection"). The majority of the story mode for each character is fighting the rest of the cast, too, instead of having unique bosses and none of them really seem to want to and do anyway.

The music is pleasant as well, though I wasn't particularly impressed by much of it, and I really didn't get the feeling that certain songs belonged to certain characters, stages, and situations like I get with the Touhou series. The names for the songs didn't help, as few of them seemed to actually refer to the situation or character onscreen. I also didn't feel that the use of the small pixel sprites in gameplay meshed proper with the character art shown during dialogue. A minor complaint, I understand, but still one that dampened my appreciation for the game.

So, all in all, the presentation of the game and its world and story did very little to pull me in as a fan of fantasy, a fan of bullet hell, or even a fan of anime. I gave it a proper chance and lent the storyteller an ear, but I became simply disinterested. All of this may seem like nitpicking, but as a fan of good storytelling, good character design, as a person who dislikes clichés, and especially as a fan of Touhou, which again, this game is clearly trying to be, I was given no choice but to point these things out.

However. I've not talked about the gameplay yet. And that is a thumbs-up above all this, isn't it?

That's because, while the story and characters didn't interest me, the game itself actually did. Even on Easy, this is a decently challenging bullet hell, and I say this after playing through the entirety of the Touhou series so far. When you set out to make a Touhou-inspired bullet hell, I get a twitch in my eye as I expect you to completely rip off the bullet hell itself - I expected to see some very "familiar" patterns as I played through. However, I was pleasantly surprised at how much originality there was in the bullet patterns, and though it's a tangent, I must say that the bullets are very, very beautiful-looking. The only trouble is that, again unlike Touhou, you aren't really given time between bosses' attacks to pick up powerups. It's arguable that this is a method of increasing difficulty, but I would argue back that it's a false one, in a game that has enough genuine and engaging difficulty to get on without it.

You don't have the entire cast available to play from the start - you need to unlock them through playing the game, and I mentioned that the story mode is mostly comprised of the cast fighting each other for no particular reason - and while this is true, each character has a unique end boss that's not a member of the playable cast, and the characters feel very unique to play - at least, to each other, and not necessarily to Touhou. Granted, I, too, would fail to think of a unique shot type after the bullet hell genre as existed for as long as it has.

And, of course, this game is free. While that is not a reason to look past the errors in storytelling, character design, and presentation, Jigoku Kisetsukan is genuinely fun to actually play, and will provide a tangible challenge, even for veterans of the Touhou series. So, despite my criticisms above, which I do stand by, for free, and with a grain of salt, I do recommend this game.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 11
I've always been a fan of Touhou games (whether I watch other people play or I personally play those bullet HELL shooter games).
I TOTALLY RECOMMEND THIS GAME (duh it's FREE)<3
-The difficulty is similar to any type of bullet hell or Touhou games. There's EASY, NORMAL, HARD, and HELL (Nightmare mode for Touhou games)
-The art style is really cute
-The music is super catchy
-The storyline is... also kinda bizarre (like any Touhou games ever)
Overall, I LOVE IT
HOWEVER, I just wish I could play this game on a mouse because playing this on my keyboard's arrows keys, with no Steam controller (I might get one soon) is super difficult.
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226 of 302 people (75%) found this review helpful
302 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 12, 2015
It takes a good asian to play this game.
I am not a good asian.
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74 of 85 people (87%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
Recommended
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 12, 2015
A nice little bullet hell shooter, highly influenced by the Touhou series but with a nice 16bit sprite style.
Not really groundbreaking, but it's fun and it's free so can't complain.
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160 of 219 people (73%) found this review helpful
207 people found this review funny
Recommended
7.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 13, 2015
bust size included in the character bios

10/10
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68 of 85 people (80%) found this review helpful
69 people found this review funny
Recommended
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 16, 2015
EEEH REALLY!?
EASY MODE?
HOW WEAK
IT'S UNFORGIVABLE TO PLAY EASY MODE UNLESS YOU'RE AN ELEMENTARY KID, RIGHT?
HAHAHAHA!
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49 of 56 people (88%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 13, 2015
I'm surprised, not because this is a really challenging Touhou-inspired bullet-hell... but because it's FREE. It'll definitely satisfy purists of the genre no problem (or cost). And if you're someone who wants to get into this bullet-hell craze, this is a good entry point. And you don't have to spend a dime!
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