Taisei is an open clone of the Tōhō Project series. Tōhō is a one-man project of shoot-em-up games set in an isolated world full of Japanese folklore.
- SDL2 >= 2.0.5, SDL2_mixer, SDL2_image
- libzip >= 1.0
- libpng >= 1.5.0
- OpenGL >= 3.3
- meson >= 0.45.0 (build system)
- Python >= 3.4
- docutils (optional, for documentation)
To build and install Taisei just follow these steps.
mkdir build cd build meson --prefix=$yourprefix .. ninja ninja install
This will install game data to
$prefix/share/taisei/ and build this
path statically into the executable. This might be a package
maintainer’s choice. Alternatively you may want to add
-Dinstall_relative=true to get a relative structure like
install_relative is always set when building for Windows.
Taisei stores all data in a platform-specific directory:
- On Windows, this will probably be
- On macOS, it's
- On Linux, *BSD, and most other Unix-like systems, it's
This is referred to as the Storage Directory. You can set the
TAISEI_STORAGE_PATH to override this behaviour.
Taisei uses SDL2's unified GameController API. This allows us to correctly support any device that SDL recognizes by default, while treating all of them the same way. This also means that if your device is not supported by SDL, you will not be able to use it unless you provide a custom mapping. If your controller is listed in the settings menu, then you're fine. If not, read on.
An example mapping string looks like this:
03000000ba2200002010000001010000,Jess Technology USB Game Controller,a:b2,b:b1,back:b8,dpdown:h0.4,dpleft:h0.8,dpright:h0.2,dpup:h0.1,guide:,leftshoulder:b4,lefttrigger:b6,leftx:a0,lefty:a1,rightshoulder:b5,righttrigger:b7,rightx:a3,righty:a2,start:b9,x:b3,y:b0,
There are a few ways to generate a custom mapping:
- You can use the controllermap utility, which comes with SDL source code.
- If you use Steam, you can configure your controller there. Then you
can add Taisei as a non-Steam game; run it from Steam and everything
should just work™. In case you don't want to do that, find
config/config.vdfin your Steam installation directory, and look for the
SDL_GamepadBindvariable. It contains a list of SDL mappings separated by line breaks.
- You can also try the SDL2 Gamepad Tool by General Arcade. This program is free to use, but not open source.
- Finally, you can try to write a mapping by hand. You will probably have to refer to the SDL documentation. See gamecontrollerdb.txt for some more examples.
Once you have your mapping, there are two ways to make Taisei use it:
- Create a file named
gamecontrollerdb.txtwhere your config, replays and screenshots are, and put each mapping on a new line.
- Put your mappings in the environment variable
SDL_GAMECONTROLLERCONFIG, also separated by line breaks. Other games that use the GameController API will also pick them up.
Also note that we currently only handle input from analog axes and digital buttons. Hats, analog buttons, and anything more exotic will not work, unless remapped.
If your sound becomes glitchy, and you encounter lot of console messages like:
ALSA lib pcm.c:7234:(snd_pcm_recover) underrun occurred
it seems like you possibly have broken ALSA configuration. This may be
fixed by playing with parameter values of
/etc/asound.conf or wherever you have your ALSA
rate may give you the first approach to what to do.
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