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Review: Akai Katana photo
Review: Akai Katana
by Allistair Pinsof

I spent $80 on a double-pack of Cave’s Muchi Muchi Pork and Pink Sweets when I visited Tokyo last fall. Some people might think I’m crazy for paying that much on what could easily be a $5 downloadable game. But if you’ve been bitten by the shmup bug then you know who CAVE is and why such a purchase isn’t only acceptable but absolutely necessary as a fan.

There are some things money can’t buy, however, such as a way to play a region locked game on an American Xbox 360. This was the case with the overseas release of Akai Katana. Okay, so I could have just bought a Japanese 360 but even I have my limits. Good thing I didn’t because the game has finally reached the West and Rising Star Games has given it the most polished packaging to ever grace a CAVE release. Akai Katana deserves it too, because it is among the developer’s best.

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6:00 AM on 05.17.2012

Things aren't looking so good for Cave Interactive

Sorry all you bored PlayStation Vita owners! While Cave Interactive announced its support for Sony's new portable at TGS last year that's not happening anymore. The latest issue of Famitsu magazine listed both titles amidst a...

Kyle MacGregor

2:00 PM on 05.05.2012

Cave shooter Akai Katana descending onto the Xbox 360

Good news fellow STG enthusiasts! Cave's side-scrolling bullet-hell adventure Akai Katana is making its way to the Xbox 360, courtesy of Rising Star Games. Publishers of everything awesomely Japanese on the other side o...

Kyle MacGregor

3:00 PM on 04.14.2012

Cave teases strategy game set during Japanese civil war

Cave has just revealed a teaser site for a browser-based strategy game, Gun Blood Days. The forthcoming project from the popular shmup publisher is set during a Japanese civil war in the near future. Also involved with t...

Kyle MacGregor

8:00 AM on 03.30.2012

Cave announces Bug Princess 2 for iOS

Cave just loves churning out iOS ports like ice cream. As a follow-up to the recent Bug Princess, the shoot 'em up expert is releasing the sequel very soon -- as in, next week on April 5th. If you recall, Bug Princess is the ...

Chris Carter



Review: DoDonPachi Blissful Death photo
Review: DoDonPachi Blissful Death
by Allistair Pinsof

Touch controls will never be able to replace the accuracy and fluidity that can be achieved with a joystick, but of course, any CAVE fan knows this by now. The actual concern when approaching an iOS CAVE game is if the controls will get in the way of having fun.

If you are seeking to burn through the leaderboards or 1CC the game on Hell mode, you are approaching an uphill battle, but that's only part of the problem with DoDonPachi Blissful Death. Even with the port's flaws, there is still no denying it's still one of CAVE's strongest shmups.

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9:00 AM on 02.03.2012

DoDonPachi Blissful Death coming to iOS

The fourth game in Cave's classic shoot 'em up series DoDonPachi will be ready to download on an iOS device near you on February 9th for $4.99. In the West, the original title "Dai Ou Jou" will be known as its rough translati...

Chris Carter

6:30 PM on 01.12.2012

Cave shifts resources to social games

Cave has announced reduced earnings forecasts for the first half of its fiscal year (June 1 - November 30) and the year as a whole, andriasang reports. The shmup publisher now expects sales of 1,303 million yen for the first ...

Maurice Tan



Review: Bug Princess photo
Review: Bug Princess
by Wesley Ruscher

I've been a big fan of shoot-em-ups ever since my mother bought me Silpheed for the Sega CD on my 13th birthday. It wasn't my first experience with the genre -- that honor goes to playing Galaga with my father at the local pizza place -- but it was the one that made me fall in love with the intense, twitch gaming thrill that only shoot-em-ups can deliver.

CAVE's shooters on the Xbox 360 reign supreme in the modern era, with Mushihimesama Futari (Bug Princess 2) being my personal favorite of the bunch. Sadly, not every shooter released is region-free, which means I've missed out on a bevy of classics, since this once-popular genre has become all but extinct in the West.

When CAVE announced that they were bringing their shoot-em-ups to iOS, I was somewhat hesitant. These games require precise movements to navigate screens filled with bullets and the size of an iPhone screen seems less than adequate to handle CAVE's chaos. But Do-Don-Pachi Resurrection changed my mind. It was everything I looked for in a shoot-em-up experience. Could CAVE recapture the magic in their fourth iOS shooter release, Bug Princess?

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2:15 PM on 11.07.2011

New Cave teaser site: I've got nothin'

Teaser site time! Any guesses on this new Cave teaser site? The URL is 6meikan.jp, and we have a mysterious date of 11.11.11, or November 11. This is probably something new, as the page states that this stands for "A new proposal from Cave." Like I said, I've got nothing. I have this feeling that it's not a shoot-em-up, though.  Check back in a few days.

Dale North

11:45 AM on 09.30.2011

Espgaluda II looks all sexy and HD on iPad2

Cave's first iPad 2 title is the high-definition version of classic shooter Espgaluda II. Notice I said iPad 2 -- Apple's second tablet is literally twice as good as the original iPad. That old, bubble-backed thing woul...

Dale North





11:00 AM on 06.29.2011

Cave's Deathsmiles on App Store July 7th, special price

Deathsmiles will be on the App Store, ready for play on your iPhone or iPod Touch on July 7th. To celebrate, Cave is setting an introductory price of $4.99 for the anticipated title. This price is good from July 7-10 only!...

Dale North

10:00 AM on 05.20.2011

Cave's new website, merchandise sale

Cave has a new website that they'd like to show off. They made this for you, English speaker. There you can see all the delicious shooter action they make as well as catch up on what they're working on. In other Cave news, th...

Dale North

10:30 PM on 04.25.2011

Cave's Nin2-Jump debuts on XBLA this week

Nin2-Jump came a bit out of left field (just wait until you play it), but I don't mean that as a negative. Interesting, different -- these aren't attributes I'd personally complain about. Cave has outed the game as hitting Xb...

Jordan Devore