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Astebreed

Doujin shmup Astebreed hits PS4 on June 25

Astebreed is finally warping to PlayStation 4 on June 25, Playism announced today. The shoot-'em-up comes from doujin studio Edelweiss and was actually among my favorite games released last year when it debuted on PC. In addition to being j...

 
Next Penelope review
If I told you that I wanted to mix Greek mythology with the racing and shoot-'em-up genres, you'd probably call me crazy. But that's just what developer Aurelien Regard did with his one-man show The Next Penelope, and for the...   read

Doujin shmup review
Amidst a wash of old school mecha anime and Tokusatsu-tinted nostalgia, there was a moment in this otherwise homespun shooter that left me surprised and curiously enamored. Supercharged Robot Vulkaiser doesn't come from a gen...   read

Japanese indie games! photo
Japanese indie games!

Supercharged Robot Vulkaiser invades Steam next week

A blast of '70s-inspired action is bombarding Steam next week in Supercharged Robot Vulkaiser. Announced for a western release nearly two years ago, the mecha shooter from doujin studio Astro Port (Gigantic Army) is finally launching o...

 
Evoland 2 photo
Evoland 2

Evoland 2 is part shmup, part platformer, part RPG, part puzzler...

After watching this debut trailer for Evoland 2: A Slight Case of Spacetime Continuum Disorder, I regret missing the first game. The basic concept of an adventure that evolves from 2D to 3D and spans multiple genres is the same, only now i...

 
Touhou review
As I've said in the past, I consider myself lucky when it comes to meeting fellow gamers over the years that have had a positive impact on my life. I was fortunate enough to discover the Touhou series back in 2002 at the...   read

Touhou photo
Touhou

Japan's most popular indie series arrives in the West

The Japanese indie sensation Touhou has been around for nearly two decades. Since debuting in 1996, the series has transformed from a collection of obscure shoot-'em-ups into a cultural phenomenon, spawning a myriad of derivative works acro...

 
Touhou photo
Touhou

More Touhou is coming to PlayStation 4

Touhou seems to be everywhere these days. The series is making its western debut tomorrow. A demo for the next mainline entry isn't too far behind. And even some of the fan-made games are on their way to PlayStation 4. The cult doujin pheno...

 
Karous 3DS photo
Karous 3DS

Trailer for 3DS shmup asks 'is life meant to be shitty?'

Karous is a vertical shmup about two hugging sisters that was released by Korea-based developer Milestone Inc. back in 2006. It was later ported to the Dreamcast, and then again to the Wii as part of the Ultimate Shooting Collection. Stran...

 
Touhou 14 photo
Touhou 14

Touhou makes its western debut on May 7

When it comes to Japanese indie games, there's Touhou and then there's everything else. Over the course of two decades, the property has transformed from an series of obscure bullet hell shooters into a cultural phenomenon. However, despite...

 
Japanese indie games! photo
Japanese indie games!

Playism is localizing doujin games for PS4, Vita

Good news for fans of Japanese indie games: Playism is bringing its wares to consoles.  We've known this was happening for a while, but now it's official. The company has announced plans to localize a number of Japanese indie games for...

 
Resogun photo
Resogun

Resogun developer Housemarque offers post mortem thoughts on its PS4 shooter

Housemarque did a fantastic job with Resogun. While I enjoyed it at launch somewhat it wasn't until the subsequent custom ship updates and extra mode DLC came out that I really started to play it in earnest. Now you can get a look at the g...

 
Touhou localization photo
Touhou localization

Doujin shooter Touhou 14 targets western release

Japanese indie games distributor Playism scored the rights to one of the Touhou titles last year, putting us one step closer to a possible English-language adaptation of the popular doujin series. That was the speculation, anyway. And indee...

 
Dual iOS impressions photo
Dual iOS impressions

'Dual' is a really cool mobile shoot 'em up that functions over two devices

The other day I ran across a newly released shooter for iOS and Android called Dual. The whole gimmick is that it uses two devices to function, with a screen that spans between them. By forming a tenuous Voltron-esque link you can play...

 
Crimzon Clover review
Every so often, something will come across my desk that I completely overlooked at the time. Valdis Story: Abyssal City was a perfect example of that. For a while now readers have been asking about Crimzon Clover World Ignition, and I finally set aside the time to play it. That ended up being a good choice.   read

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The joy of bullet hell

The joy of bullet hell

Shoot-'em-ups started innocently enough. Spacewar blasted its way onto computers back in the 1960s, and after Space Invaders was released, the rest was history. Galaga and Galaxian would go on to further popularize the genre, and R-Type and...

 
Pythetron Kickstarter photo
Pythetron Kickstarter

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 $5,000 to finish up ...

 
More Geometry Wars photo
More Geometry Wars

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 will be known as G...

 
Jamestown+ photo
Jamestown+

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 delays. Fortunately,...

 
Soldner X-2 photo
Soldner X-2

Beautiful shmup Sldner 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 launch with the...

 
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Velocity 2X

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 -- always talking...

 
Cave photo
Cave

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 English-language w...

 
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Raptor

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 fully featured sh...

 
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...   read

Starr Mazer
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

Resogun photo
Resogun

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 gigantic and free con...

 
Kromaia contest
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

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Aerobat

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 juice its weapo...

 
Starr Mazer Kickstarter photo
Starr Mazer Kickstarter

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 Kickstarter includes...

 
A Quiver of Crows photo
A Quiver of Crows

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 due to their uniq...

 

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Chris Bradshaw

I think I have no choice but to play this

 
Rico the Penguin

Bravely second asks me: Infinite Water or Infinite Energy? Uh, You ca n get the former with the

 
LinkSlayer64

Found at an EB Games display

 
Kaleido Ruby

Oh, your systems slow? Well, let me take a l-GEEZUS

 
lokhe

Credits roll on Dark Souls First thing that comes to mind: boss fights in this game were stellar! Right, now we play again :D

 
Madoka Malika

I am having writers

 
Luca Blight

That feeling you get when your on the bus and you need a shit but wont be at your house in a

 
Nathan D

Is it actually the officially sanctioned Catgirl Day? Because if so, then thats a mistake! EVERYday is Catgirl

 
OverlordZetta

Does the Steam Sale end on Sunday or is it sooner? I know PSNs goes to Tuesday The Nintendo Humble Bundle goes to when Why are all of these happening at once?!?! This week isnt golden at all!

 
ZombZ

My office is filthy as f***, because my wife doesnt enter the forbidden do I use my weekend to clean this mess up or #shitpost?

 
Indestructoidable

Killed the cursed Greatwood and made it into a

 
Jiraya

@weslikestacos Dtoid Magic is back baby ! ACCEPT IT !

 
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weslikestacos

Lets start bringing back that old Dtoid Waddaya say, gang??

 
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Shes spinning!

 
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JPF720

Hey guys and gals, any suggestions for this latest Steam Sale?

 
Nathan D

Its Friday morning, and what am I to d-oh goodness would you look at the

 
JcDent

My swag is NOT augmented #swagdivided #humanitasfuckyeah

 
LinkSlayer64

This Undertale fanart frighteningly reminds me of Junji Ito Source:

 
Dwavenhobble

Maker of mediocre Walking simulators says multi award winning studios next game looks Seems a green eyed monster has shown up a bit lol

 
Chris Bradshaw

Unrealistic interpretations of female characters in gaming generally insult women and unrealistic interpretations of male characters in gaming generally impress Think about

 
al56

I have lurked for a while now and there is one question i have always wanted answered who is Torchmans waifu that is so great it makes all other waifu in his words Shit or is his so Shit he feels the need to undermine other peoples waifu to feel

 
JcDent

Lionhead closes down: death of another fabled studio!

 
OverlordZetta

And out of nowhere, Final Fantasy and Yokai Watch are having a crossover in their games (FFXIV and Hopefully we get these here too!

 
Torchman

YES YES YES GIVE IT TO

 
TheLimoMaker

I like to think The Chinese Room just freaked out because they saw a character model for an Whats this? A character thats solid and interacts with the player directly? Disgusting this is not art!

 
Shinta

That makes two walking simulator devs that are unhinged Not content with just selling products devoid of gameplay for a premium, now they want to take aim at the few games you have left and start shaming No one could have seen this /s

 
Inquisitive Ravenclaw

While my Mom was typing up some work on her laptop, Windows 10 force-installed I reverted it, but when it came back on she had lost all the stuff she typed up this If thats how itll be, then I dont WANT Windows

 

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