Tijital Games has released a free Windows beta version of Taijou, a self-described "bullet-hell platformer" inspired by Touhou and Cave Story.

Taijou takes the awe-inspiring bullet patterns you'd normally find in a bullet-hell shooter and puts them in the context of a side-scrolling platformer, offering a series of fast-paced levels and difficult boss battles. You also have the ability to dash over short distances, allowing you to pass through screen-spanning lasers and bullet patterns that you'd prefer not to approach head-on.

Taijou is up for vote at Steam Greenlight.

[via @shmups]