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Cave

Cave is considering crowdfunding to bring more shooters to PS4

Cave is working on getting more of its games on Steam, starting with Mushihimesama this winter for $19.99. But apparently it has bigger plans in store, and is brainstorming as to how it can achieve those goals. For starters, the c...   read

 
 
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I'm so glad people are still making bullet hell games

Thanks to a tip from a reader, Gun Wings is now on my radar. It's from developer Angels Blue Digital Entertainment, and it's currently seeking an audience on Steam Greenlight. The full game is boasting six stages, and controller suppo...   read

 
 
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CAVE on Steam

Mushihimesama will be the first CAVE shooter to hit Steam

As you may have heard, Cave is getting into the Steam business. Today at TGS, the company shared some more concrete info on its move to the PC platform, starting with its debut game -- Mushihimesama. Titled "Bug Princess" in English, it's a...   read

 
 
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Cave shmups

Cave shmups are coming to Steam this year

An ominous teaser site has popped up on the web, titled caveshmups.com. According to the landing, publisher Degica will assist Cave in bringing iconic shooters to the Steam marketplace, which will go down sometime in winter of this year. Yo...   read

 
 
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Steambirds Alliance

Spry Fox showing off bullet hell MMO at PAX Prime

Spry Fox (Triple Town, Alphabear) will be at PAX Prime, and in addition to the undoubtedly cute bear posters it's giving out for free, it will also be showing its newest title, Steambirds Alliance. In a newsletter, Spry Fox describes Steamb...   read

 
 
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Cute-'em-up
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Shutshimi is a cute-'em-up about a muscular fish

Strong-armed fish crack me up, so I had to give this game a look. It's a cute-'em-up in which levels last around 10 seconds or so, "then the player has ten seconds to pick a power-up from the shop for the next round." Except some aren't act...   read

 
 
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Steel Strider
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Doujin spin on Turrican, Contra coming to Steam

Chances are you're unfamiliar with Astro Port, which is equal parts understandable and unfortunate. Japanese independent studios don't get lavished with attention (something we're trying to change), and Astro Port's wares aren't exactly the...   read

 
 
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Sol Divide

Sol Divide makes the trek from PS1 to Steam

Out of left field this All Star week: Sol Divide has come to Steam. Looks like an emulation of the PS1 port, and early user reviews suggest it works pretty good. But where did this come from? Well, the publisher is listed as Console Classic...   read

 
 
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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...   read

 
 
Next Penelope review
  Watch Video 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
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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
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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...   read

 
 
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Evoland 2
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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...   read

 
 
Touhou review
  Watch Video 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
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Touhou
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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...   read

 
 
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Touhou
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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...   read

 
 
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Karous 3DS
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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...   read

 
 
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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...   read

 
 
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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...   read

 
 
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Resogun
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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...   read

 
 
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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...   read

 
 
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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...   read

 
 
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
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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...   read

 
 
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Pythetron Kickstarter
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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 ...   read

 
 
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