Shmup Demo: Chrono Rage

By John Walker on November 26th, 2010 at 3:19 pm.


Schmup. Shmup shmup shmup. If Bill Watterson had known about Robotron he’d totally have written this strip differently. Shmup. An example of one of those (by which I mean a shmup) is Chrono Rage, by Anima Games, and it’s a shmup. There’s a demo – a brief glimpse of the game which is a shmup, but one that throws a big variety of enemies at you each time you play it. It seems quite a fun shmup, in a not-quite-Geometry-Wars sort of way. Geometry Wars is a 360 shmup. But it does have 360 controller support, which is a good thing in a shmup. The full game costs $10, but demos, demos are free. There’s a video of this shmup below.



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  1. Nemon says:


  2. TCM says:

    For impossible to explain reasons, I find the name absolutely hilarious.

  3. Jaxtrasi says:

    But what genre is this game?

  4. Phydaux says:

    Ohh… I really like this, I may end up buying it.

    The time-slow down is just a replacement for a “smart bomb” in these sort of shumps, but it’s very gratifying slowing time just before getting swamped, and destroying everything. :D

  5. Malibu Stacey says:

    I do like a good SHMUP especially of the twin stick variety. The bosses look interesting from the trailer, very nice idea =)
    As long as I can use a non-XBox 360 controller with it such as my PS2-DualShock-plus-USB-dongle contraption I’m sold (which their website says should be possible).

    P.S. As a French company why are they only pricing it in USD?

  6. Diamond Droog says:

    The added comic and tags absolutely made my day.

  7. lethu says:

    14 is the number of spanks you will be spanked John Walker !

  8. tekDragon says:


    Yet another indie arena shooter. Can we please move on from asteroids?

    • Malibu Stacey says:

      Yeah lets have more “realistic” games where angry men shoot other angry men in the face set against brown backgrounds.

    • tekDragon says:

      Yes well it’s not to say that modern games are all that much more creative. However, creativity is supposed to be one of the things that small independent developers have going for them. Arena shooters… blah. (and no I’m not much of an FPSer either).

    • Matt says:

      Yeah, we need more 2D platformers, god knows we haven’t had enough yet!

  9. Navagon says:

    It looks very Shumpy and all. But I’d prefer a bit more variety in my indie shooters.

    If we can’t have originality, can we at least have a remake of Smash TV, Contra 3 or Axelay, plz? Or maybe one of the Dreamcast SHUMPS I totally missed out on the first time around.

  10. internisus says:

    Ah, excellent; a twin-stick arena shooter with more focus on bullet-hell and large enemies than on fast-moving things overwhelming you with chaotic colors. I hope to purchase this in a Steam sale someday.

  11. Jason Moyer says:

    Geometry Wars isn’t a shmup.

  12. Army of None says:

    I think poor John may have gotten too enamored with term “shmup” and forgotten that this game isn’t a shmup at all :(

  13. Daniel Rivas says:

    Believe, you will love it.

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