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The Blue Flamingo is a ridiculously adorable shmup

Swedish game studio Might and Delight really knows how to make games that stand out visually. Its attractive-looking paper art style on the Shelter series is, in my mind, unmistakable. I can recognize the stud...   more

The Blue Flamingo is a ridiculously adorable shmup photo

Bullet Hell Infinite looks like a neat indie iOS shooter

Nicolas Bevillard has spent quite a bit of time crafting his own take on the bullet hell genre, and the fruits of his labor is Bullet Hell Infinite -- which is out now on iOS, and in development for Android. It's basically a...   more

Bullet Hell Infinite looks like a neat indie iOS shooter photo

Resogun coming to PlayStation Vita (Update)

Today over at the PlayStation Blog, Sony Xdev Studio Europe detailed some new additions to Housemarque's PlayStation 4 shoot-'em-up, Resogun. (Photo mode incoming!) Funnily enough, though, the article's most enticing piece of...   more

Resogun coming to PlayStation Vita (Update) photo

Review: A City Sleeps

[Disclosure: Nick Chester, who is currently employed at Harmonix, previously worked at Destructoid. As always, no relationships, personal or professional, were factored into the review.] It's a weird time to be Harmonix. It i...   more

Review: A City Sleeps photo

A City Sleeps still looks enchanting, available now on Steam

Harmonix's chaotic-looking but nonetheless stylish music-driven shoot-'em-up A City Sleeps is now available on Steam and there's currently a 10% discount bringing the price to $13.49. While I typically shy away from bullet-h...   more

A City Sleeps still looks enchanting, available now on Steam photo

Castle Of Shikigami is on iOS today in Japan

One of my favorite shoot 'em up series comes to iOS today. If you happen to have a Japanese account handy you can pick up Castle of Shikigami for 600 yen. Like most shmups on iOS it has auto-fire controls to facilitate t...   more

Castle Of Shikigami is on iOS today in Japan photo

Söldner-X 2: Final Prototype is coming to the Vita with 'next to no load times'

I don't know why but the PlayStation 3 version of Söldner-X has always had a special place in my heart. Maybe it's because it's one of my most-played games on the PS3 back in an era when it didn't have as many game...   more

Söldner-X 2: Final Prototype is coming to the Vita with 'next to no load times' photo

Raiden V coming to Xbox One next year

If things work out as we expect them to, you'll soon see a trailer for Raiden V popping up on YouTube and our front page. The next in the line of shmups will come to the Xbox One next year in Japan, and most likely beyond.  There's a trailer running at Microsoft's Tokyo Game Show booth today. Stay tuned -- I'm sure we'll have it soon.    more

Raiden V coming to Xbox One next year photo

Revolver 360 RE:ACTOR shoots up PC tomorrow

Revolver 360 RE:ACTOR launches its attack on PC tomorrow for $9.99, Playism announced today. The shoot-'em-up comes by way of doujin studio Cross Eaglet, and is most notable for its eponymous swivel mechanic. The t...   more

Revolver 360 RE:ACTOR shoots up PC tomorrow photo

Bullet-hell and rhythm fans will both like Harmonix's new game

Music has always been at the heart of what Harmonix does. From Rock Band to Dance Central to the extremely experimental Chroma, the studio's made sure that whatever the player's doing, they'll nod their head and tap...   more

Bullet-hell and rhythm fans will both like Harmonix's new game photo

Harmonix announces A City Sleeps, a musical shoot 'em up

Harmonix announces A City Sleeps, a musical twin-stick shoot 'em up a heaping helping of anime and bullets. It's like a musical Geometry Wars. Harmonix says that soundtrack synchronization drives projectiles, movement, bulle...   more

Harmonix announces A City Sleeps, a musical shoot 'em up photo

Touhou 14 now available via Playism Japan

Touhou Kishinjou: Double Dealing Character is now available for Windows PC via Playism Japan. Initially released last summer at Comiket 84, Double Dealing Character is the fourteenth official entry in the Touhou Project,...   more

Touhou 14 now available via Playism Japan photo

Ikaruga director developing new PS4 shooter

Ikaruga director Hiroshi Iuchi is working a new shoot-'em-up for PlayStation 4 called Ubusana. The project comes from M2, the studio behind the Xbox 360 version of Cave's Bug Princess and Sega's remastered classics ...   more

Ikaruga director developing new PS4 shooter photo

Review: Steel Empire

Steel Empire is a game that not many people were able to experience, sadly. As a child, you likely only had access to either a Super Nintendo or Sega Genesis, which cut out a ton of potential classics for you to play and cher...   more

Review: Steel Empire photo

Mighty Tactical Shooter is a rad looking turn-based shmup

Usually when one thinks about shmups, precision motor skill and quick reaction are what come to mind. Mighty Tactical Shooter turns that completely on its head. Though precision movement and shot placement is still required,...   more

Mighty Tactical Shooter is a rad looking turn-based shmup photo


Mighty Tactical Shooter is a rad looking turn-based shmup photo
Mighty Tactical Shooter is a rad looking turn-based shmup photo
Mighty Tactical Shooter is a rad looking turn-based shmup photo
Mighty Tactical Shooter is a rad looking turn-based shmup photo
Mighty Tactical Shooter is a rad looking turn-based shmup photo
Mighty Tactical Shooter is a rad looking turn-based shmup photo



Steel Empire will hit the 3DS next week for $30

Publisher Teyon has just confirmed to Destructoid that Steel Empire, the Sega Genesis and Game Boy Advance shoot-'em-up, will arrive on the 3DS eShop next Thursday. It's a classic steampunk-themed shooter that will feature f...   more

Steel Empire will hit the 3DS next week for $30 photo

Cuphead is 40% done, going to be a trilogy

I can't believe Cuphead has only been in my life for less than a month after its quick E3 showing. I'm so attached to it already. It's the game I didn't know I needed. Forget these tired, 20-year old nostalgia trips. Ev...   more

Cuphead is 40% done, going to be a trilogy photo

Resogun's new massive update gets a stylish trailer

Recently a free update dropped for Resgoun that added new features to the game, like a ship creator and full-on local co-op. Now we're getting a DLC in the form of Resogun Heroes, which adds two new modes and a new game worl...   more

Resogun's new massive update gets a stylish trailer photo

Free Resogun update adds ship editor, co-op

Resogun is still one of the best games on the PlayStation 4, and over the weekend, it got a free update that added quite a bit of content. In addition to a pretty badass ship editor (which people have already gone to town wit...   more

Free Resogun update adds ship editor, co-op photo

Shmup shmup revolution: Rhythm Destruction is on Steam now

We never covered the Rhythm Destruction Kickstarter, but it did fine without us, making more than 120% (wow!) of its $2000 (oh) goal. Mashing up a shmup with a rhythm game seems a little weird to think about, but after watch...   more

Shmup shmup revolution: Rhythm Destruction is on Steam now photo

Astebreed is coming to the PlayStation 4

Astebreed is coming to the PS4! Sony has announced that it will be coming to their newest console, along with Revolver 360 and TorqueL. In case you aren't aware, the former two are shoot 'em ups, and the latter is a 2D platfo...   more

Astebreed is coming to the PlayStation 4 photo

Review: Astebreed

The rising prominence of independent games has been oft described as meteoric. The center of gravity has shifted over the course of a single generation. As hardware becomes exponentially more powerful and development costs sp...   more

Review: Astebreed photo

Space shooter Futuridium EP Deluxe coming to PS Vita, PS4 in July

Arcade shooter Futuridium EP Deluxe looked like a good time last we saw it and here's another, better trailer to go with news of its impending Cross-Buy release on PlayStation 4 and PS Vita. Developer MixedBag has announced ...   more

Space shooter Futuridium EP Deluxe coming to PS Vita, PS4 in July photo

Supercharged Robot Vulkaiser jets to Steam in June

Supercharged Robot Vulkaiser is pretty much love at first sight. A shoot-'em-up inspired by the cheesy animes of yesteryear, Vulkaiser takes place in an alternate 1977, where a bunch of kids in bizarre outfits and a giant ro...   more

Supercharged Robot Vulkaiser jets to Steam in June photo

Wii U scores great-looking The Next Penelope

Former Arkedo co-founder Aurelien Regard's The Next Penelope is looking hot, a sort of top-down F-Zero-like racer that's also sometimes a boss-fighting shoot-'em-up. If you haven't yet seen the first footage, you'll want to g...   more

Wii U scores great-looking The Next Penelope photo

Resogun DLC confirmed for a June release

Back in January, I was floored to hear that my favorite PS4 launch game Resogun had DLC in the works. But it's been almost five months since then with no word on when said DLC would actually drop -- until now, that ...   more

Resogun DLC confirmed for a June release photo

Japanese indie shooter Astebreed out now on PC

Astebreed, a resplendent shoot-'em-up from doujin circle Edelweiss, is now available via Playism. A throwback to the arcade classics with a modern twist, Astebreed features a dynamic camera that swings between vantage po...   more

Japanese indie shooter Astebreed out now on PC photo

Review: R-Type Dimensions

I’ve always been drawn to games that make me mad. It started with Punch-Out!! and evolved through the years into games like God Hand and Dark Souls. The feeling of achieving victory after countl...   more

Review: R-Type Dimensions photo

Seraphic doujin shmup Astebreed launches next week

Amazing news, STG fans! Astebreed, one of the slickest and most stylish shoot-'em-ups around, is targeting a western launch next week, Active Gaming Media announced today. Though the premise, which sees a talented young pilo...   more

Seraphic doujin shmup Astebreed launches next week photo

Mecha shooter Gunhound now available on Steam

Side-scrolling mecha shooter Gunhound EX is out now on Steam for $14.99. Developed by doujin studio Dracue Software and localized by the folks at Playism, Gunhound EX is a throwback to the shooters of the 16-b...   more

Mecha shooter Gunhound now available on Steam photo

R-Type Dimensions finds new life on PS3 this month

R-Type Dimensions released several years ago on Xbox Live Arcade and hey, it's back in the news with a PlayStation Network version coming to PS3 later this month. Cool. This is a package combining R-Type and R-Type II with bo...   more

R-Type Dimensions finds new life on PS3 this month photo

Review: Raiden IV: OverKill

Back when the Xbox 360 was getting shoot-'em-up releases left and right, hardcore fans of the genre sprung at the chance to pick up Raiden IV for a whopping $40 price tag. The expensive nature of the game ensured th...   more

Review: Raiden IV: OverKill photo

Indie shmup Jamestown Plus targets summer launch on PS4

Jamestown: Legend of the Lost Colony is aiming to launch on PlayStation 4 this summer, Final Form Games co-founder Mike Primo revealed over at the PlayStation Blog.  The stellar indie shoot-'em-up initially launched on ...   more

Indie shmup Jamestown Plus targets summer launch on PS4 photo

The Wii U is getting one shmup richer soon with Gaiabreaker

According to a listing from the Australian Classification board, shoot 'em up Gaiabreaker will be heading to the west soon. This Wii U shmup looks pretty solid overall, and it'll feature vertical gameplay. It dropped la...   more

The Wii U is getting one shmup richer soon with Gaiabreaker photo

Design your own ship in Beat Hazard: Shadow Operations DLC

Out of all the places I could play Beat Hazard, I usually play on my phone. Beat Hazard on Steam, however, is packing brand new DLC. The Shadow Operations pack may just change my mind about which platform I choose to play on....   more

Design your own ship in Beat Hazard: Shadow Operations DLC photo

Astebreed is a bullet hell shooter where you fight aliens as a janitor

There's no shortage of weird and unique game concepts at PAX East's Indie Megabooth. That's par for the course, though; show after show it goes that exact same way. Whereas some titles rely solely on their strangeness to make...   more

Astebreed is a bullet hell shooter where you fight aliens as a janitor photo

PS4, PS Vita space shooter Futuridium looks like pure arcade fun

MixedBag's space shooter Futuridium looked rad on PS Vita, but when it comes to PlayStation games, one version doesn't cut it any more. Not when there's the possibility of Cross-Buy. Thankfully, the expanded Futuridium EP De...   more

PS4, PS Vita space shooter Futuridium looks like pure arcade fun photo

Review: Neo XYX

The shoot-'em-up genre will never perish, and neither will the Dreamcast. No matter how niche it can get at times, shooters old and new come out of the woodwork in the most unexpected of places, from Steam to legacy consoles. One such release is Neo XYX, a new (yes, in 2014) game for the Sega's last console, making this the second Dreamcast release this year. It's also the best.   more

Review: Neo XYX photo

Impressions: Luftrausers makes too much sense on the Vita

Luftrausers is perfect on the Vita in the same way Vlambeer's Super Crate Box was perfect on the Vita. It's "perfect for the Vita" because it's a great game. While either title, with their minimal arcade sensibilities "make s...   more

Impressions: Luftrausers makes too much sense on the Vita photo

Doujin shmup RefleX reverberates on Steam

RefleX is the latest doujin shmup from the localization-smiths at Nyu Media to arrive on Steam, and it won't be the last. It's the second title in the Tale of Alltynex trilogy, which raised over $14,000 on Kickstarter last s...   more

Doujin shmup RefleX reverberates on Steam photo

Steel Empire on 3DS is like Castle in the Sky, the shmup

That Steel Empire remake is still on course, and it's going to drop in North America this summer. As a blend of steampunk and shoot 'em up, Steel Empire is a new take on the original Genesis game, remade from the g...   more

Steel Empire on 3DS is like Castle in the Sky, the shmup photo

Review: The Powerpuff Girls: Defenders of Townsville

Fifteen years ago, The Powerpuff Girls was my jam. I used to watch it (along with Dexter's Laboratory) just about every day after coming home from school, but before firing up a videogame. A couple weeks ago, when The Po...   more

Review: The Powerpuff Girls: Defenders of Townsville photo

Space shooter Galak-Z also coming to PS Vita

If memory serves, 17-Bit was toying around with bringing its cool-looking anime-inspired shooter Galak-Z to PS Vita, in addition to confirmed platforms like PS4 and PC this year. Well, it's now official. Since I last saw the ...   more

Space shooter Galak-Z also coming to PS Vita photo

Mech shooter Gigantic Army now available on Steam

Doujin shooter Gigantic Army is out now on Steam for a measly $5.99. You should check out our review and buy it maybe. That is, if you like fun things. You do like fun things, don't you? I mean, seriously, what els...   more

Mech shooter Gigantic Army now available on Steam photo

PixelJunk Shooter Ultimate updates both games for PS4, PS Vita

Double Eleven will continue working on Q-Games' PixelJunk franchise with PixelJunk Shooter Ultimate, announced today for PS Vita and PlayStation 4. If everything goes according to plan, the revamped game -- which is really tw...   more

PixelJunk Shooter Ultimate updates both games for PS4, PS Vita photo

Raiden IV: Overkill is heading overseas on the PS3

The enhanced version of Raiden IV, titled "Overkill" is coming to the PSN on April 29th. UFO Interactive will be handling the localization much like they handled Raiden IV on the Xbox 360, but this version of the game won't ...   more

Raiden IV: Overkill is heading overseas on the PS3 photo

Review: Redux: Dark Matters

If you told me I’d be playing a brand new Dreamcast game in 2014, back when the system saw its demise in 2002, I’d probably have said you were crazy. It was at that point that Sega moved on to become a software...   more

Review: Redux: Dark Matters photo

Ikaruga now available on Steam

One of the most acclaimed shmups ever is making its debut on PC today. Yes, Ikaruga, Treasure's renowned polarity-shifting shooter, is out now via Steam for $9.99. Ikaruga initially released in Japanese arcades at the tu...   more

Ikaruga now available on Steam photo

Ikaruga is hitting Steam next week with Double Play mode

Treasure didn't need much time to get the shoot 'em up classic Ikaruga greenlit on Steam, and now it's officially making its way to the platform on February 18th. 360 controllers are supported out of the gate, as is the ...   more

Ikaruga is hitting Steam next week with Double Play mode photo

Review: Gigantic Army

It's the early 21st century and humanity is embroiled in a bitter war with an alien race hellbent on stemming mankind's advance into outer space. You are a mech pilot. You pilot a war machine that's enormous and powerful. Ali...   more

Review: Gigantic Army photo