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Gorgeous 2.5D shoot-'em-up Pythetron now on Kickstarter

Talented game designer and artist TJ Townsend has taken his visually stunning 2.5D shoot-'em-up Pythetron to Kickstarter, looking to secure -- in today's crowdfunding terms -- a very reasonable $5,00...   more

Gorgeous 2.5D shoot-'em-up Pythetron now on Kickstarter photo

Geometry Wars 3 is evolving with 40 new stages and Hardcore Mode

This is unexpected. Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions is rolling out a free update across all platforms (PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PC) on March 31, 2015 that's large enough to warrant a name change. Going forward, the game wil...   more

Geometry Wars 3 is evolving with 40 new stages and Hardcore Mode photo

Colonial shmup Jamestown+ launches on PS4 tomorrow

The definitive version of Jamestown: Legend of the Lost Colony, a bullet hell shooter set on 17th-century British colonial Mars, was planned to release last summer on the PS4. But as luck would have it, there were some delay...   more

Colonial shmup Jamestown+ launches on PS4 tomorrow photo

Beautiful shmup Söldner X-2 is coming to Vita this month

The Söldner X series has had a home on the PlayStation 3 for years, hosting two titles, the newest of which released in 2010. Now, Söldner X-2 is heading for the PlayStation Vita this month on March 17. It'll ...   more

Beautiful shmup Söldner X-2 is coming to Vita this month photo

Hybrid platformer/shoot-'em-up Velocity 2X headed to Steam and Xbox One

We didn't review Velocity 2X for PlayStation 4 or PS Vita, but Hamza did talk about how this half vertical spaceship shooter, half side-scrolling platformer was going to "melt [our] eyeballs." Hah, that Destructoid dot com --...   more

Hybrid platformer/shoot-'em-up Velocity 2X headed to Steam and Xbox One photo

Cave has a new shoot-'em-up hitting mobile in April

DoDonPachi studio Cave is back with a new mobile shooter, "Gothic Magic Maiden," which is set to arrive in Japan on April 16. Whether it will ever come west seems pretty doubtful, though. Cave shuttered its official Eng...   more

Cave has a new shoot-'em-up hitting mobile in April photo

PC classic shmup Raptor: Call of the Shadows is on Steam

If you were an old school PC gamer in the '90s, you remember Raptor. It was a really rad shoot-'em-up that had a heavy emphasis on upgrades, allowing you to slowly enhance your plane over the course of 27 levels. It was a fu...   more

PC classic shmup Raptor: Call of the Shadows is on Steam photo

Review: Super Stardust Ultra

Super Stardust has been around for a long time -- since 1994, in fact. Although most people know the franchise from Super Stardust HD, it was originally on the Amiga platform before it hit the big-time. Now developer Hou...   more

Review: Super Stardust Ultra photo

Starr Mazer adds Transformers composer Vince DiCola, high profile crossovers

Starr Mazer came out of the gate with an impressive roster of artists working on its soundtrack. Despite having a huge list of talent to pull from, developer Imagos Softworks has added another composer sure to pull on some n...   more

Starr Mazer adds Transformers composer Vince DiCola, high profile crossovers photo

Resogun free update available now, expansion coming

If you own a PS4, then you should already own Resogun. It's a quality game. Trust me. For those that left this game on the virtual back shelf for a while, it might be time to check out what's changed. Starting today, a gigant...   more

Resogun free update available now, expansion coming photo

Contest: Win a code for Kromaia on Steam!

Our friends at Kraken Empire have given us five keys for their crazy shoot-'em-up Kromaia to give away to lucky Dtoiders! Described as a frantic, old-school, coin-op shoot-'em-up that's come crashing headlong into the 21st c...   more

Contest: Win a code for Kromaia on Steam! photo

My brain can't handle this 'absurdly high-speed arcade shmup-like'

Not ten seconds into watching this video for Aerobat, a shoot-'em-up about "reckless self-endangerment," I fired off a staff email to call dibs on posting it. Holy shit! Gimme. Your pilot's ship doesn't have enough power to ...   more

My brain can't handle this 'absurdly high-speed arcade shmup-like' photo

Point-and-click shoot 'em up Starr Mazer now on Kickstarter

A couple days ago Steven told us that Mega Man composer Manami Matsumae would be contributing to Starr Mazer, and that she would not be alone in that endeavor. Indeed, the huge list of composers on the Starr Mazer Kickstarte...   more

Point-and-click shoot 'em up Starr Mazer now on Kickstarter photo

A Quiver of Crows looks lovely, seeks Greenlight approval

Although I'm not a shmup aficionado by any stretch of the imagination, I do enjoy playing them from time to time. The ones that I tend to go for are typically on the unusual end of the spectrum. They either stand out du...   more

A Quiver of Crows looks lovely, seeks Greenlight approval photo

Resogun weaves its way onto PS3 and Vita tomorrow

Resogun is coming to PlayStation 3 and Vita tomorrow with cross-buy support. Dale North gave Housemarque's voxel-charged shoot-'em up a glowing review when it first arrived on PS4. He called it "the ideal system launch g...   more

Resogun weaves its way onto PS3 and Vita tomorrow photo

Dropsy's Jay Tholen presents Atomic Santa: Christmas Omega

From the strange and fertile imagination of Jay Tholen (Dropsy the Clown) comes a very special holiday treat this Christmas season. A harrowing tale of two brave individuals willing to stand tall aga...   more

Dropsy's Jay Tholen presents Atomic Santa: Christmas Omega photo

Looks like Resogun is also coming to PS3

Housemarque's arcade shooter Resogun was the first PlayStation 4 game I played and, a year later, I still think that was the right choice; someone had to save those humans and it might as well have been me. Did they all survi...   more

Looks like Resogun is also coming to PS3 photo

Deadly Premonition: The Director's Cut free with PS Plus in December

A whole new audience is about to experience the delightful oddities of Deadly Premonition: The Director's Cut (PS3) once it joins PlayStation Plus. They don't know what they're in for, Zach. Hitman HD Trilogy (PS3), which inc...   more

Deadly Premonition: The Director's Cut free with PS Plus in December photo

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 choi...   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