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Posts tagged “shmup”

Shoot All The Things With DoDonPachi Resurrection

Cave Interactive's shooters are some of the best around, and if you're a fan of bullet hell shoot 'em ups, you've probably played more than a few of them. Mushihimesama? Deathsmiles? You know the drill. Get ready to sink your teeth into DoDonPachi Resurrection [official site], which has finally landed on PC.

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Blue Revolver Brings Retro Shmup Shenanigans

There's a reason why they don't call me Shit-Hot Hot Shots Alice: because I'm no good at shoot 'em ups. Also other reasons, but mostly that. However, Stellar Circle's retro Blue Revolver [official site] did catch my eye with a fun alpha demo last year. Now the full game is out and yes, this certainly is some bullet-spewing, vertical-scrolling, shot-dodging shooting 'em upping.

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Blast Off With Starr Mazer DSP’s Retro-Flavored Trailer

What's better than a point-and-click adventure game with retro-inspired pixel art, a hero named Brick M. Stonewood, and the quote "truth spilled out at 60 km/s from the barrel of a gun?" Not a lot, if I'm being honest. There is one thing, though: A roguelike shmup called Starr Mazer: DSP [official site]. Fast, furious and chock-full of ultra-sexy retro graphics, it's one heaping helping of throwback…

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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…

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

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…

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Freeware Garden: Elders Of Madness

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…

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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. Fashion. 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

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…

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They Say Jump, You Say Why: Traitor

Five minutes into Jonas Kyratzes new browser game, Traitor, I thought I'd seen everything I needed to see and was ready to move on to something else. I'm glad I didn't because what seemed to be a basic space-based shoot 'em up that's making a fairly obvious comment on a player's readiness to obey commands ("Shoot these unarmed ships immediately!" "I'd rather not." GASP) turns…

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Night Crawling Sky Shooters: Solar Wings

While it doesn't appear to have a personality to match the mad brilliance of Jamestown, recently released Solar Wings is a handsome SHMUPPY thing in its own right. Cheery waves of enemies, colourful bullets fanning across the screen and a co-op mode are all enough to tickle my fancy. Is it my imagination or are we seeing more of these on PC in recent times?…

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The Light Fantastic: Really Big Sky

I'm very pleased that Really Big Sky is adding a big patch that adds game modes and more, because otherwise I'd never have heard of Really Big Sky. It's a classic side-scrolling shmup, that almost certainly qualifies for "bullet hell" status. It's exceptionally pretty, packed with different ways to play, and rather importantly, has controls that - to my cackhanded fists at least - feel…

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Shmup Demo: Chrono Rage

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…

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