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Pythetron Kickstarter

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


But you can play the game now, because the designer's cool like that
Mar 24
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... read
More Geometry Wars

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


Somehow this is a free update
Mar 17
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... read
Jamestown+

Colonial shmup Jamestown+ launches on PS4 tomorrow


Help colonize Mars with your friends
Mar 16
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... read
Soldner X-2

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


The PS3 version came out in 2010
Mar 05
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 ... read
Velocity 2X

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


The goggles do nothing
Feb 25
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 --... read
Cave

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


Probably only in Japan, sadly
Feb 23
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... read
Raptor

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


'90s-riffic
Feb 17
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... read
New dust, old stars
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... read feature

Shovel Knight, Hyper Light Drifter, Children of Morta
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... read feature

Resogun

Resogun free update available now, expansion coming


So much Resogun, so little time
Feb 11
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... read
Five copies up for grabs
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... read feature

Aerobat

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


Let's get this through Steam Greenlight
Jan 23
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 ... read
Starr Mazer Kickstarter

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


Starrmazing
Jan 22
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... read
A Quiver of Crows

A Quiver of Crows looks lovely, seeks Greenlight approval


Flying skeletons and laser-firing birds can have all of my votes
Jan 10
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... read
Resogun

Resogun weaves its way onto PS3 and Vita tomorrow


Portable voxels incoming!
Dec 22
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... read
Atomic Santa

Dropsy's Jay Tholen presents Atomic Santa: Christmas Omega


A satirical sleigh ride into the weird world of paranoia culture
Dec 21
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... read
Resogun

Looks like Resogun is also coming to PS3


It's like Defender except I don't hate myself afterwards
Dec 03
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... read
PlayStation Plus

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


Injustice on PS4 and Hitman HD Trilogy on PS3, too
Nov 26
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... read
The Blue Flamingo

The Blue Flamingo is a ridiculously adorable shmup


Might and Delight exemplify handcrafted Indie games
Nov 18
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... read
Bullet Hell iOS

Bullet Hell Infinite looks like a neat indie iOS shooter


Coming to Android as well
Nov 03
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... read
Resogun PS Vita

Resogun coming to PlayStation Vita (Update)


Off-the-cuff announcement
Oct 30
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... read
Flat note
[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... read feature

A City Sleeps

A City Sleeps still looks enchanting, available now on Steam


A challenging bullet-hell shooter for the rhythmically inclined
Oct 17
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... read
Castle Of Shikigami

Castle Of Shikigami is on iOS today in Japan


For 600 yen
Oct 03
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... read
Söldner-X Vita

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


Beyond that it's basically a port
Oct 02
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... read
Raiden V

Raiden V coming to Xbox One next year


Trailer coming soon, we'd bet
Sep 18
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.  read
Japanese indie games!

Revolver 360 RE:ACTOR shoots up PC tomorrow


Doujin shooter set to arrive on Playism's English storefront
Sep 11
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... read
Hands-on with A City Sleeps
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... read feature

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


For $13
Aug 29
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... read
Touhou

Touhou 14 now available via Playism Japan


But is an official localization on the horizon?
Aug 16
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,... read
Ubusana

Ikaruga director developing new PS4 shooter


M2 announces Ubusana
Aug 14
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 ... read
A pricey classic
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... read feature







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