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. Read the rest of this entry »

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. Read the rest of this entry »

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 goodness. It also happens to be a prequel to Starr Mazer, the hybrid adventure game and shmup referenced above. Yeah, those things exist.

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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.

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

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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Freeware Garden: Level 2 – Virus Master

Better than X-OUT!

Listening to a thundering heavy metal soundtrack while blasting enemies straight from the 16-bit demoscene is, almost surprisingly, exactly as awesome as it sounds. Level 2 – Virus Master, on the other hand, is not as awesome as it sounds. It’s way better.

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All The Bullets: GL Invasion

I think I won

GL Invasion could be quite a good test and a bit of early evening fun. I don’t know whether or not I’m terrible at bullet hell shmups or not. I probably am because I’m no Jack of all trades and am therefore terrible at almost everything. I’ve never really been able to compare my skills to the skills of others in this particular genre of killing things while attempting not to die though, so maybe I’m actually brilliant. Play the game for free in your browser and compare your progress to mine. Let’s find out how terrible I am.

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They Say Jump, You Say Why: Traitor

pew pew PLOT

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 out to be something more complicated and far more entertaining. Once what I now think of as the prologue missions are done, Traitor opens up and provides choices which lead to a series of complex little stories.

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Night Crawling Sky Shooters: Solar Wings

Oh, hell

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? It could simply be that I’ve started paying more attention to them, upon realising that I’m capable of lasting for more than five seconds amidst the scrambled madness on the screen. Turns out not every pack of bullets wants to create a tightly patterned hell for me. Available now for £1.99/€2.49, the developers reckon they’ll have a demo to offer soon. Look to the land below for a trailer.

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The Light Fantastic: Really Big Sky

Colours!

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 more tangible than most. The new features include a really splendid-looking retro mode, of which there’s a video below. And there’s a demo.

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Shmup Demo: Chrono Rage

Shmup.

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.

Shmup.

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A Climactic Battle: Scoregasm

Shhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.

You know what I like? A nice bit of quiet. Not silence – that’s for creepy people. But a quiet sit down, some nice music, maybe a good book. Just imagine it. Think about sitting down with your feet up, a favourite song floating around you, as you thumb through the pages of a gentle story. It’s Tuesday afternoon, but you’ve got the week off work. No responsibilities, no pressures on your time, and a week of sunny calm stretching out in front of you. Mmmmmm. Now please watch the nine minutes of footage from Scoregasm, below:

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