Reactivate Majestical Imperial

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連縁霊烈傳れんえん れいれつでん
Reactivate Majestical Imperial
鏈縁霊烈傳
Reactivate Majestical Imperial
Title screen of the game
Developer Trick Nostalgie
Publisher Trick Nostalgie
Released 29-31 December 2013 (Comiket 85, trial, v0.01a)
19 March 2014 (trial, v0.05a)
2 October 2014 (full, v1.00a)
14 October 2017 (v1.10a)
19 October 2017 (v1.11a)
2 June 2018 (v1.20a)
9 October 2018 (v1.21a)
Genre Vertical Danmaku Shooting Game
Gameplay Single-Player Story Mode
Platforms Windows XP/Vista/7/8
Official Site Trick Nostalgie
Download Download from "Freem!"
Download from Vector
Len'en Series chronology
Earthen Miraculous Sword Reactivate Majestical Imperial Brilliant Pagoda or Haze Castle

Len'en Reiretsuden (Raging Spirit Tales) ~ Reactivate Majestical Imperial (連縁霊烈傳 ~ Reactivate majestical imperial) is a vertical-scrolling danmaku shoot 'em up and the third game of the Len'en Project. It was made by Trick Nostalgie's sole member JynX and released for the Windows operating system. The first trial version of the game was sold at Winter Comiket 2013, and the updated public trial version was released on 19 March 2014. The full version of the game was released on 2 October 2014 as a free download.

Name and Concept[edit]

Like previous Len'en Project games, the title consist mainly of five Japanese kanji, plus an English sub-title that relates to the main title without necessarily being a translation. In the title, "Reiretsuden (霊烈傳)" is referencing the amount of spirits that are coming to Mugenri in the game's plot. "Reactivate Majestical Imperial" refers to the resurrection ceremony of Taira no Masakado, a ritual held by Taira no Fumikado to become the new emperor of the capital. The Japanese title was originally "鏈縁霊烈傳", but it was changed to "連縁霊烈傳" in v1.10 in accordance with Brilliant Pagoda or Haze Castle. Unlike previous games, "Reactivate Majestical Imperial" is officially written in lower-case.

Gameplay[edit]

The game has three playable teams with two team members each, a story mode with 6 stages and an Extra Mode with selectable difficulty – Easy Extra Mode and Extra Mode which can be unlocked by clearing the main game on any difficulty, as well as Absurdly Extra Mode which is only unlocked once the main game is cleared on Unreal difficulty. The trial version is limited to the first three stages and first two teams (Yabusame Houlen & Tsubakura Enraku, Adagumo no Yaorochi & Sukune Katano.)

The game features several new gameplay mechanics. The player can switch between the two members of their chosen team, each of whom has their own attacks, bombs, play style and even power gauge. Team members switch out by activating a bomb or by getting hit by an enemy bullet. The team member that is not currently active is shown at the bottom edge of the screen, and moves to follow the active member. The inactive member can collect power items that fall to the bottom of the screen, as well as ghost items (which can only be collected through this method). Ghost items fill the "Spirit Jar" on the right side of the screen, which provides the player with a brief power-up for a limited time when filled, this power-up varies from team to team.

Story[edit]

Spirits are roaming all over the place in Mugenri and are gathering somewhere. It is also really cold, with winter lasting longer than expected. It is up to the protagonists to solve this incident.

Music[edit]

The game features original tracks composed by JynX that mimics ZUN's style. Similar to the Touhou Project games, the music room doesn't show the names of all the themes from the first time playing and thus requires to select one theme twice if the player wants to listen to the track. There may be a few melodies in most of the tracks that strongly resembles those from the Touhou Project.

Development[edit]

JynX first announced the development of RMI on 24 November 2013 with only the title screen developed, where they planned to release it at Comiket 85 along with JynX's Touhou arrangement album 現樂団の往古 ~ 束方廻怪綺談 ~.[1] It was developed in about 10 days[2] before being distributed on 29 to 31 December 2013. A second trial, v0.50a, was released freely to the web on 19 March 2014, which did a lot of polishing from the first trial, but also included a new "Jar Zenith" system.[3] JynX had no idea when the full would be released.[4]

The full version of the game was released on 2 October 2014 as a free download.[5] This was planned to be finished 10 months prior, but was pushed back due to motivation, wishing to be done with developing the game near the end.[4] Sometime before 2015, the trial version was no longer publicly available, and JynX admiting to taking them down. The initial full release, however, stayed publicly available on Vector, as it still had importance to the series.[6]

Sometime around the development of Brilliant Pagoda or Haze Castle, JynX decided to update past games. Thus on 14 October 2017 (after v1.20f release of BPoHC), 1.10a of the game was released.[7] This update rebalanced various attacks in the game, and opened the game's text and image resources to allow for easier translation. It also introduced Suzumi Kuzu as an unlockable fourth team, who actually was intended to be the playable since the very beginning.[8] On 2 June 2018, the game was one again updated, to v1.20a which implemented new "Light Level" mode.[9] The reasoning was that JynX claimed to receive feedback about the game being too difficult still, and made it easier for anyone to experience the harder difficulties.[10] The game was further updated to fix scoring on 9 October 2018, taking it to v1.21a.

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Additional Information[edit]

  • The title screen of the game features Yabusame and Tsubakura's silhouette, both holding a red spider lily, which are typically associated with death and parting in Japan
  • The various menu screens of the game features silhouettes of various characters, the chosen team's members on the stage result screen, Yabusame and Tsubakura on the final result screen, Shion on the Replay menu, Sese on the Music Room and Sukune on the Options menu.
  • The general fan community did not have a copy of the 0.50a trial version over the many years. However in early 2022, the second trial was found, which has been preserved obscurely by the Chinese fan community over the years. When obtained, it was archived for the general community to download once again. The 0.01a trial has yet to be seen.

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