Posts Tagged ‘shmup’

Freeware Garden: Mussel

In the case of Mussel, mussel stands for Miniature Underwater Strange Squid Eradication Liner and not any kind of bivalve mollusk with a brown or purplish-black shell. It is the name of the underwater fighting vessel you’ll be piloting in the shiny new indie shmup by brothers Jonathan and David Whiting.

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Freeware Garden: Death Ray Manta

Death Ray Manta [official site], an outrageously glowy shmup designed to make you happy, the very same Rob Fearon game that received appropriately glowy reviews by the likes of Eurogamer and Edge, has now gone freeware. Along with all of Rob’s frantic and occasionally hilarious games.

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Freeware Garden: Rocket Smash ex

Though obviously an homage to Ultimate Play The Game’s classic Jetpac, Rocket Smash ex is far from a straight retro remake or a Commodore 64 port of the venerable shoot-‘em-up. It is instead a brand new and excellently arcade-y shooter with contemporary design sensibilities that’s been coded for the C64 and repackaged for Windows thanks to the 8-bit focused efforts of (the wider) team RGCD.

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Freeware Garden: Aero Chimera

Aero Chimera is one of the most bullet-hellish bullet hell shoot-‘em-ups one can currently find for free on the PC. It’s possibly as tough as a vertically scrolling shmup can dare to get; which makes me thankful that the game offers three difficulty settings that render it playable even for the likes of me, and that it goes even further by allowing players to test each of its six, frantic stages and eventually master them. Persisting will after all allow you to attempt an impressive high-score, as Aero Chimera has definitely been built with competitive players in mind.

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Click Click Bang Bang: GOG’s Shoot ‘Em Up Sale

It was either this screenshot or one with the play area covered entirely in numbers.

I find shoot ‘em ups fascinating and beautiful and exciting to watch but I’m so unfamiliar with the genre I don’t even know where to start, a bit with like fighting games. My fingers can still remember how to strafe-jump after 17 years, but I’m danged if they’ll learn how to punch out a shoryuken or dodge in bullet hell. It’s a shame, as shmups seem to be coming back. One newish shmup I hear mentioned a fair bit is Crimzon Clover World Ignition and hey, it’s only £2.69 in a shmup sale on GOG, which also includes dear old Raptor: Call of the Shadows.

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Freeware Garden: Elders Of Madness

Based on the descriptions of one Abdul Alhazred.

From even the greatest of horrors irony is seldom absent – and I am pretty certain that the Old Ones and their vast armies of unnamable abominations never expected a futuristic jet fighter to stand up to them. They never expected their eldritch existence and the glorious darkness they were bringing to mankind would be threatened by missiles, just as I never expected to ever play through an unashamedly Lovecraftian horizontal shoot-‘em-up called Elders of Madness.

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The PC And The Re-Rise Of The Shoot-‘em-up

Wasim Salman writes about videogames using short, mechanical sentences. He asked us to let him steer the RPS ship around the doujin game community and to aim his rhythmic sentence-bullets at the shmup genre.


Before the arcades died, they bloomed into obscene spectacle.

Cabinets grew bigger. Stranger.

They became experiences.

In the black sunset of that era, purity lost its place.

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Freeware Garden: What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

After countless portals accidentally leading to hell and scientific experiments gone armageddon, the characters of What Could Possibly Go Wrong? make a sensible decision: they make sure a marine with a big gun and plenty of cover is always present at each and every portal activation. That’s safety regulations for you, that is.

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Freeware Garden: Sun God Star Bridge

Sun Gods are delicate, subtle creatures. Never, ever shock them.

Back when I was young and impressionable I considered Space Harrier to be the apex of both 3D and shoot-‘em-up gaming despite it, well, not being exactly 3D. Then again, when everything looks amazingly and thrilling a seven-year-old rarely cares for details. I cared only for blasting weird alien things.

I seem to have not quite outgrown my Space Harrier obsession and that’s why I downloaded Sun God Star Bridge the moment I saw it.

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Freeware Garden: Red Entity

Clearly a plot-heavy offering.Red Entity is a game about a bunny girl, her giant mech and a couple thousand baddies out to get them and yet it makes sense. Or, well, not. Truth be said, this is all about shooting everything that comes your way, dodging stuff and surviving long enough to make it to the next wave.

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