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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

Japanese sidescrolling shooter Wolf Fang on PSN this week

One more week until Tomba! 2 releases on PlayStation Network. Until then, we're getting the fifth title in MonkeyPaw Games' Retro Rush event, Wolf Fang, a sidescrolling shooter sequel to the 1989 shoot-'em-up Vapor Trail: Hyp...   more

Japanese sidescrolling shooter Wolf Fang on PSN this week photo

Gigantic Army surmounts Greenlight, coming to Steam soon

Doujin shooter Gigantic Army has been granted access to Valve's walled garden and will be making its way to Steam in the near future, according to publisher Nyu Media. The localization group issued a statement thanking fans f...   more

Gigantic Army surmounts Greenlight, coming to Steam soon photo

Treasure has plans for more ports to Steam and a new game

Ikaruga coming to Steam by way of Steam Greenlight was an unusual sight to behold but if that's weirdly what it takes to get Treasure games on the platform, I'm all for it. In an interview with Famitsu, Treasure president Mas...   more

Treasure has plans for more ports to Steam and a new game photo

Shoot-'em-up studio Cave Interactive retreats to Japan

Cave appears to be giving up on the Western world. The studio behind acclaimed shooters like Deathsmiles and Akai Katana made an important announcement this week, revealing its English-language blog and Twitter presence will ...   more

Shoot-'em-up studio Cave Interactive retreats to Japan photo

Doujin shooter Gigantic Army assaults PC in February

Side-scrolling mech shooter Gigantic Army is set to make its attack run on Windows PC early next month, doujinsoft publisher Nyu Media has announced. Developed by Astro Port, the Japanese indie studio behind the likes of&nbs...   more

Doujin shooter Gigantic Army assaults PC in February photo

Side-scrolling shooter/fighter To the Death looks great

Words can wait. Hop to To the Death's Kickstarter page and hit play on the video. Get past the few concept images and check out the 0:15 mark. Yeah. That. YES. This beauty comes from former Infinity Ward and Sony Santa Monic...   more

Side-scrolling shooter/fighter To the Death looks great photo

Cuphead could be this year's big run-and-gun game

That's my hope, anyway. Cuphead is one of those games I feel bad for not noticing sooner. Sporting a remarkable sense of style and animation, this looks to represent the best of the run-and-gun genre, with developer Studio M...   more

Cuphead could be this year's big run-and-gun game photo

Electronic Arts files trademarks related to Desert Strike

In 1992, Electronic Arts released Desert Strike: Return to the Gulf -- a shoot 'em up that had the player control an Apache helicopter. The game was a commercial success and is fondly remembered by many. As game publishe...   more

Electronic Arts files trademarks related to Desert Strike photo

Another mesmerizing Resogun trailer for good measure

Today was a particularly busy day in what's been an all-around busy week. Did you happen to read Dale's review of Resogun? I think it's a safe bet to call this the go-to PlayStation 4 launch game -- just look at it! And the ...   more

Another mesmerizing Resogun trailer for good measure photo

Review: Resogun

Again. Again! Housemarque already had my heart as the creators of Super Stardust. Their latest, PS4 launch title Resogun, shares some of Stardust’s spirit, but it’s a new experience -- a shoot-em-up in a cylindrical loop, built entirely from thousands of voxels.   more

Review: Resogun photo

Cave bringing a little RPG to their next shooter

Best known for manic console arcade bullet-hell shooters, like Deathsmiles and Akai Katana, Cave is mixing up the formula slightly with their next mobile shmup release, Don Paccin. The vertical shooter, slated for both ...   more

Cave bringing a little RPG to their next shooter  photo

Sine Mora available for free on Vita today via PS Plus

Avant-garde shoot-'em-up Sine Mora is this week's addition to the Instant Game Collection on PlayStation Plus. Subscribers will be able to freely download the Vita version of the collaborative project from Grasshopper Manufac...   more

Sine Mora available for free on Vita today via PS Plus photo

Doujin bundle: Seven Japanese indie games for cheap

Groupees has returned with another cornucopia of strange and wonderful independently-developed games from Japan. The service's latest bundle features seven doujinsoft titles, which can be acquired in pairs of your choosing f...   more

Doujin bundle: Seven Japanese indie games for cheap photo

Contest: Win Soundodger+ on Steam!

[Update: Contest over! Winners have been PM'd their codes.] Our friends at Adult Swim Games have just given us 20 codes for Soundodger+ to hand out to the Dtoid community! An updated version of the original flash game S...   more

Contest: Win Soundodger+ on Steam! photo

Nyu Media unveils new wave of Japanese indies coming West

The next wave of Japanese indie games is on its way to the West. Doujinsoft publisher Nyu Media has tipped its hand, revealing five titles across three genres in its Winter and Spring 2014 lineup. Yatagarasu Attack on Ca...   more

Nyu Media unveils new wave of Japanese indies coming West photo

Soundodger+ brings musical bullet hell to Steam on Friday

Soundodger is a free online game that released on Adult Swim earlier this year. In it, you control a small white circle, trying to avoid a deluge of shapes spilling at you from all angles, set to music by a handful of great ...   more

Soundodger+ brings musical bullet hell to Steam on Friday photo


Soundodger+ brings musical bullet hell to Steam on Friday photo
Soundodger+ brings musical bullet hell to Steam on Friday photo
Soundodger+ brings musical bullet hell to Steam on Friday photo
Soundodger+ brings musical bullet hell to Steam on Friday photo
Soundodger+ brings musical bullet hell to Steam on Friday photo
Soundodger+ brings musical bullet hell to Steam on Friday photo



Retro shooter Heavenly Guardian blasts PSN this week

Heavenly Guardian joins the myriad of PlayStation 2 Classics available on PlayStation Network this week. A scrolling shooter initially released in 2008 for PS2 and Nintendo Wii, the title is something of a spiritual successor...   more

Retro shooter Heavenly Guardian blasts PSN this week photo

Ikaruga targets PC release via Steam Greenlight

Ikaruga descended upon Steam Greenlight today, joining the myriad of prospective releases awaiting approval in Valve's Soviet bread line. The legendary shoot-'em-up initially launched in Japanese arcades back in 2001, bu...   more

Ikaruga targets PC release via Steam Greenlight photo

Get your hardcore shmup on in Summer Carnival '92 Recca

Nintendo has a new trailer up for Summer Carnival '92: Recca, an obscure shoot-'em-up that's already live in the European 3DS eShop, and set to release worldwide at a later date. The game has a unique history, in that it was...   more

Get your hardcore shmup on in Summer Carnival '92 Recca photo

A 3D Steel Empire remake is coming to the 3DS

If you're a long-time shmup fan, you may remember a largely forgotten Genesis classic called Steel Empire that dropped in 1992. Well it appears as if said classic was fondly recalled by someone, as it's heading to the 3DS in ...   more

A 3D Steel Empire remake is coming to the 3DS photo

Resogun: the PS4 exclusive shmup from Super Stardust dev

Housemarque made a name for itself with the addictive, colorful Super Stardust HD, one of the PS3's early downloadable and indie exclusives. Housemarque followed with neat games like Dead Nation and the excellent Outland, but...   more

Resogun: the PS4 exclusive shmup from Super Stardust dev photo

Raiden Legacy is now available on Ouya

Pretty much every shmup fan knows how influential the Raiden series is on the genre as a whole, and now, a bulk of it is available on the Ouya. Developer and publisher DotEmu has just released the Raiden Legacy pack, which in...   more

Raiden Legacy is now available on Ouya photo

Shoot-'em-up Sine Mora out now on iPhone and iPad

After a string of ports, Digital Reality and Grasshopper Manufacture's well-regarded shmup Sine Mora has found its way to iOS. This version for iPad and iPhone is priced at $5.99 and was developed by Pocket Scientis...   more

Shoot-'em-up Sine Mora out now on iPhone and iPad photo

Ikaruga creator's Kokuga is out this week on 3DS

As far as we knew, Kokuga would be coming westward to the 3DS "sometime this summer," but apparently that day is actually tomorrow! Yep, the North and South American release date is set for June 27th, 2013, with a June/July e...   more

Ikaruga creator's Kokuga is out this week on 3DS photo

Ikaruga director's Nintendo 3DS shmup is jetting West

A successor to two of the greatest shoot-'em-ups ever made is coming to Nintendo 3DS in Western territories later this summer. Kokuga, the latest project from Ikaruga and Radiant Silvergun director Hiroshi Iuchi, is...   more

Ikaruga director's Nintendo 3DS shmup is jetting West   photo

Contra: Shattered Soldier runs and guns to PSN next week

Contra: Shattered Soldier is blasting its way onto PlayStation Network next week. Announced on the latest edition of the PlayStation Blogcast, the shooter will arrive as a part of next week's store update.  Original...   more

Contra: Shattered Soldier runs and guns to PSN next week photo

Doujin shmup trilogy Tale of Alltynex now available

Japanese indie shmup trilogy The Tale of Alltynex has touched down on PC. Developed by doujinsoft circle Siter Skain, the trio of arcade shooters is making its western debut thanks to the localization team at Nyu M...   more

Doujin shmup trilogy Tale of Alltynex now available photo

Cute-'em-up Flying Hamster HD glides to PS Vita next week

Cute-'em-up Flying Hamster HD is coming to PlayStation Vita on June 11, developer The Game Atelier has announced. An adorable horizontal shooter, the story chronicles the journey of Newton, a brave young hamster on a qu...   more

Cute-'em-up Flying Hamster HD glides to PS Vita next week photo

Mamorukun Curse graces PlayStation Network next month

Mamorukun Curse is coming to PlayStation Network next month, UFO Interactive has announced. The G.Rev-developer shoot-'em-up is set to arrive on July 16 for $19.99. The shooter includes three original gameplay modes, on...   more

Mamorukun Curse graces PlayStation Network next month photo

Japanese indie shmup trilogy Tale of Alltynex gets funded

Nyu Media has successfully concluded its Kickstarter campaign to localize a trilogy of Japanese indie shoot-'em ups, The Tale of Alltynex, the doujinsoft publisher has announced.  Inspired by Taito's RayStorm series, The...   more

Japanese indie shmup trilogy Tale of Alltynex gets funded photo

Hot love shmup Scoregasm on sale just for today

A lot of classic shmups also happen to work as metaphors for insemination. The last level of R-Type Final immediately comes to mind. Wouldn't you know it, but there is a guy who's taken that theme even further, wit...   more

Hot love shmup Scoregasm on sale just for today photo

Dreamcast shooter Sturmwind released, 16 years later

Shooters, SHMUPS, STGs. Call them what you want, but let's agree we don't have enough of them these days. Indie developers are changing that and are doing it on an unexpected platform: SEGA's Dreamcast. The latest two shoot-...   more

Dreamcast shooter Sturmwind released, 16 years later photo

Report: Liberation Maiden to get sequel on PlayStation 3

Liberation Maiden is getting a sequel! Well, sort of. It seems like Grasshopper Manufacture has decided to eschew Shoko's roots, following up last year's 3DS shooter with a visual novel for PlayStation 3. According to Si...   more

Report: Liberation Maiden to get sequel on PlayStation 3 photo

Monday Night Combat, Knytt Underground, and more bundled

Despite being largely unfamiliar with two of the five featured games, I'll go out on a limb and say the new Indie Royale Spring Sun bundle is worth considering. Uber Entertainment's solid multiplayer-based shooter Monday Nig...   more

Monday Night Combat, Knytt Underground, and more bundled photo

Bug Princess 2 Black Label, other Cave shmups on sale

Cave is celebrating three years of selling its wares on mobile platforms by slashing prices on a number of its shooters until April 14. It's largely the same sale we see from them every few months, but there's one notabl...   more

Bug Princess 2 Black Label, other Cave shmups on sale  photo