.Decluster is Bullet Hell Simplifed

New to the App Store, .Decluster by developer Masayuki Ito is a beautiful, minimalistic take on the bullet hell genre. Your ship and enemies are made from geometric designs, and the action is classic vertical shoot ‘em up. Sometimes things can get confusing because enemies and obstacles look relatively similar, but the game is a fun and interesting interpretation of classic bullet hell games. In addition to your ship firing vertically, there is also an option for a homing laser enabled by tapping a second finger on the screen.

.Decluster is available on the App Store for $2.99.

Star Drift is Flappy Flyer

New to the App Store, Star Drift by Squarehead Games blends space shooting with a familiar game mechanic. The game is played by putting your finger on the screen to make your ship move up and taking your finger off the screen to let it float down. Whereas a famous flappy game had you only dodging obstacles, Star Drift adds to this mechanic by letting you shoot baddies and collect power-ups. It has been getting moderately good reviews on the web, and I enjoyed the familiar controls with the new setting and features.

Star Drift is available on the App Store for $0.99.

Endless Loot-Shooter Infinite Cosmos Released for iOS

It’s a few days later than Infinite Cosmos was supposed to be released, but the shmup from Absinthe Games is finally now available on the App Store! As announced, the shooter is a loot-filled, side-scrolling adventure with old-school, pixelated graphics. If you have enjoyed recent games like Gemini Strike and Superchroma, then Infinite Cosmos is right up your alley and definitely worth trying out.

Infinite Cosmos is now available on the App Store for $0.99.

Cave Releasing Mahouotome in April for iOS in Japan

Cave, publisher of many of the best shmups on iOS, announced a new IP yesterday in Mahouotome. Looking like a fantastic new shooter in the vein of the DoDonPachi series, the only catch to the new game is that it is exclusively being released in Japan for the foreseeable future according to other sites covering the announcement.

As Cave announces details about the game, I’ll continue to update the site with news. Here’s to hoping that the game will be translated and released for Western audiences very soon!

Shoot Enemies Made from Text in Text Defender

Text Defender, a new shmup from developer Swipeware, is a shmup with a twist. Instead of going the AAA route of high-res graphics and beautiful animations, Text Defender simplifies things by having the enemies and ships on screen made from computer text.

While the gimmick of shooting at and avoiding pieces of text is clever, the gameplay itself it quite challenging. You can flip your ship’s vertical orientation to shoot at enemies from the top or the bottom of the screen, and enemies stay on the screen until you destroy them. This can lead to some very frantic moments for the shmup, and it makes the invincibility power-up something to always be looking for while playing.

Text Defender is available on the App Store for free.

Falling Sky HD is Beautiful, Randomized Shmup

New to the App Store, Falling Sky HD from developer Brayang Studio is a procedurally generated shmup with a sense of style. The randomized content like enemies, power-ups, and bosses ensures that each play is unique. Aside from that, there are a variety of ships for the player to pilot, further adding to the replayability of the game.

Falling Sky HD is available on the App Store for free with optional in-app purchases.

Galactic Space Clash is Third-Person Twin-Stick Shooter

While I love twin-stick shooters like Geometry Wars: Touch and Inferno 2, the controls can be a bit predictable after awhile, and it can be difficult to inject interesting features into the game like enemies or power-ups. That sort of monotony is not a problem for Galactic Space Clash from French developer Good Life App, a third-person twin-stick shooter that provides the controls of a twin-stick with the behind-the-ship view of a space shooter.

screen520x924As with most twin-stick shooters, your left thumb controls your movement and your right thumb controls the direction you are shooting. This is the same for Galactic Space Clash, but your perspective is behind your ship rather than over it. This leads to some really interesting and quite challenging gameplay as you are forced to account for your ship’s movement and the directions enemies are coming from at the same time. All in all, it is a fresh take on the genre, one I have not seen in a game before and which was quite enjoyable to play.

Galactic Space Clash is available on the App Store for $0.99.

Retro Vector-Z Is Shmup With Pixelated Pew-Pews

Harkening back to the classic shoot-em ups of the 80s, developer Juggleware has released Vector-Z, a shmup that takes cues from classics like Space Invaders and puts it in a modern iOS setting. Everything about Vector-Z, from the graphics to the music to the sound effects, is retro and based on classic shooter experiences.

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Vector-Z is available on the App Store for $0.99 (or four games of Space Invaders back at the arcade!)