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
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
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
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
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
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
[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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Humans Must Answer is an indie shmup where you control a ship piloted by sentient chickens in the far-flung future. Ok, so you've got me hooked with the concept at least. The guys behind this craziness are Sumon Games, who w... more
It was a busy PAX East week for Dejobaan Games; not only did they release Monster Loves You, co-developed with Radial Games, but they also released Drunken Robot Pornography and the spiritual successor to AaaaaAAaaaAAAaaAAAAa... more
The unthinkable has happened. One of Cave's illustrious shoot-'em-ups has been announced for PlayStation 3. Despite some saying it would never happen, the latest edition of Weekly Famitsu reports 5pb will bring Ketsui: K... more
The team at Rockin' Android have returned with yet another indie offering from across the Pacific. Cloudphobia is shoot-'em-up wherein players must pilot a mech in a race against time. A robotic army has a powerful supe... more
Good news, everyone! One of the few shoot-'em-ups to come to PlayStation 3 this generation looks to be making the jump across the Pacific. As spotted on Gematsu, UFO has taken to Facebook with some teaser images for Mamo... more
[Update: Liberation Maiden is now available worldwide via the App Store for $4.99 / €4.49 / ₤2.99.]
Well, this is unexpected. Liberation Maiden has arrived on the iTunes App Store in New Zealand. One... more
Cave's prohibitively expensive shooting collection has a release date. The ten disc bundle of danmaku goodness is slated to hit Japan on March 28 for the steep price of ¥ 24,800 (roughly $300), though it's still not ... more
I'm glad that I kept my Dreamcast, because the games slowly but surely keep on coming. The newest project is shoot 'em up Neo XYX by the NG: Dev. Team. It looks and sounds great so far based on the trailer, and the cherry on... more
Check out the newly launched webpage for upcoming 2D Xbox 360 shooter Caladrius. If you're a JRPG nerd like I am, the first thing you'll notice is ...hey, what are Devil Survivor (Atlus SRPG) characters doing on this pag... more
After Burner is one of those games that tickles the nostalgia bone and doesn't stop. I remember burning away hours locked in aerial combat with After Burner II on my Famicom, although I never did manage to reach the end. And... more
Starting tomorrow, PlayStation Plus members can nab Monolith's console-exclusive MOBA, Guardians of Middle-Earth, for free. A less-than-active community made it difficult for me to play the Xbox Live Arcade version not long a... more
The Dreamcast has been dead for well over a decade, but the venerable console's library still grows to this day. Slowly but surely independent developers continue to release games the platform, such as Gunlord, hoping that it... more
You won't just find old faves performing at MAGFest. Sometimes, new bands will take to the stage!
Lords of Thunder is a supergroup that consists of Mike Villalobos and John Pike from Descendants of Erdrick, Mateo Marshall fr... more
It's wintertime and you know what that means. Everywhere you turn someone's looking to bleed you dry. If you've yet to spend next month's rent on the Steam's holiday sale, why not throw a few bucks at Cave and pick up a new s... more
One of these days I'm going to go out and splurge on every shooter available for the Xbox 360. No, I'm not talking about Halo and Gears of War. Microsoft's console has been home to many of this generation's finest bullet hell... more
Helicopters are complex, unwieldy machines. In games, their difficulties are either flat-out ignored (Twin Cobra) or make for one of the steepest learning curves you’ll ever face (Battlefield 2). Under Defeat is a ba... more
The Dreamcast may have been discontinued back in 2001 here in North America, but Sega's venerable machine continued to truck on for several years thereafter in Japan. While independent games still continue to be release... more
As much as we've been talking up Sine Mora, I figured one more post couldn't hurt. The shoot-'em-up has finally released on PlayStation Network for both Vita and PlayStation 3 as a $9.99 download. These are separate versions... more
As a shmup enthusiast and Grasshopper Manufacture zealot I was pretty vexed to hear that Sine Mora would be exclusive to the Xbox 360. Not only did that mean that I'd personally miss out on the game, but a large swathe of the... more
Please turn your internet viewer 90 degrees counter clockwise to properly display of the image above. That should give you an idea of how Guxt will look after you buy it on the 3DS eShop. As someone who loves the origina... more
It was only a few weeks ago that we had Tyrone Rodrigues, President of Nicalis, publisher of eShop versions of Cave Story, VVVVVV, and NightSky on Sup Holmes. We commanded Tyrone to tell us about everything he was ... more
Digital Reality and Kalypso have released the gorgeous horizontal shoot-'em-up Sine Mora on Steam today for $9.99. There were certainly some of you who called for a PC version to happen, so here's hoping that wasn't just tal... more