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7:00 AM on 04.13.2015

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 ...

Chris Carter

5:00 PM on 04.07.2015

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, an...

Jordan Devore

9:00 AM on 04.06.2015

'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 two modes, versus and co-op. Although it is a free download, thankfully, only one person needs to buy the premium version ($1.99) to play the latter mode.

Chris Carter



Review: Crimzon Clover World Ignition photo
Review: Crimzon Clover World Ignition
by Chris Carter

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.

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4:00 PM on 03.31.2015

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,...

Chris Carter

3:00 PM on 03.24.2015

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...

Rob Morrow



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

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 Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions Evolved.

Adventure Mode, the one with boss battles, is adding 40 stages, and the existing score-based gating system for unlocking levels is being tweaked so that it's easier to get through. You'll also be able to choose the new Sweeper drone and Detonator super ability (i.e., more stuff to level up).

Hardcore Mode, according to Lucid Games and Sierra, "lets players tackle 20 dedicated levels without using a drone or super, including individual leaderboards for no-loadout purists to compete for high scores." Terrific excuse to get back into Geometry Wars 3. (Also, what's the catch?)

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12:30 PM on 03.16.2015

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...

Ben Davis

6:00 AM on 03.05.2015

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 ...

Chris Carter

4:30 PM on 02.25.2015

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 --...

Jordan Devore

1:00 PM on 02.23.2015

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...

Kyle MacGregor





11:00 AM on 02.17.2015

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...

Chris Carter



Review: Super Stardust Ultra photo
Review: Super Stardust Ultra
by Chris Carter

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 Housemarque is back yet again with Ultra, which isn't really a new entry so much as a fresh coat of paint for the PlayStation 4.

Hardcore fans may feel duped by this not-so-sequel iteration, but newcomers who have long been curious about Stardust will want to jump in right with Ultra.

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

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 nostalgia strings. Vince DiCola, composer of the 1986 Transformers movie soundtrack, has joined the team of contributors.

Over the past couple weeks, Starr Mazer has also announced crossover projects with other high profile Kickstarter titles. The inclusion of Children of Morta, Hyper Light Drifter, and Shovel Knight has been known, but the video above collects the interactions together, along with the announced voice cast. Paradise Lost: First Contact has also announced a crossover, though it is not featured in the video.

Below, a new trailer has been cut together, and it features the scene that made people interested in the point-and-click/shmup mashup in the first place. Yes, I want to jump off a ledge and have my remote-controlled spaceship catch me on the way down.

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6:15 PM on 02.11.2015

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...

Robert Summa



Contest: Win a code for Kromaia on Steam! photo
Contest: Win a code for Kromaia on Steam!
by mrandydixon

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 century, Kromaia has you blasting hordes of enemies in a 360-degree, sci-fi environment, and it looks like great fun!

To enter, just leave a comment in the thread below! You have until Sunday, February 8 at 11:59pm Pacific to enter, and the contest is open to anyone in the world!

Good luck! And remember, our Huge Members get automatic entry into all contests (and double entries if you enter one manually), exclusive beta code giveaways for upcoming games, monthly newsletters direct from the staff, ad-free browsing, and more! And most of all, your $3 a month helps directly support the site you love. Try us out!

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