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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