Shogun3D recently released BugPlanet, a bullet hell game only on iPhone. While the game looks like your average vertical shmup, the bullets start coming instantly and require lots of movement to avoid, even at the beginning of the game.
If you are looking for a truly challenging shmup, give BugPlanet a look on the App Store. Given that it is being offered for free, picking it up and trying it out should be a no-brainer. Just don’t expect to last very long on your first few plays.
One of the most underhyped features of iOS 8 is its App Store bundles. App Store bundles allow developers to sell groups of apps at a reduced price, something that has been possible on other platforms for quite some time now. While the feature is so new that few bundles are available so far, one bundle collects some classic shmups from publisher DotEmu.
The DotEmu Classics – Shmup bundle contains Radien Legacy which includes RAIDEN, RAIDEN FIGHTERS, RAIDEN FIGHTERS 2 and RAIDEN FIGHTERS JET. The bundle also features R-TYPE and R-TYPE II giving a total of six shmups for $5.99 (essentially a dollar per game). It’s nice to see a focus on getting some good shmups for a great price in the App Store with this bundle. Hopefully other publishers like Cave will take notice and begin offering shmup bundles of their own.
radiangames updated their website yesterday with a very long post concerning Inferno 2. While the app has not yet been submitted to the App Store (the developer still needs to take screenshots and make a preview), it looks very close to being finished, so much so that radiangames released a 1080p trailer of a complete level in the game.
While it is disappointing to hear that the game has been delayed (again), the extra polish that radiangames has clearly put into Inferno 2 should more than make up for the delay. The game will include 80 unique levels.
Inferno 2 is expected to release on October 2nd in the App Store for $2.99.
UFO Crash Games is almost finished with developing FullBlast, a 3D top-down shooter for iOS and Android. On their website, UFO Crash Games is careful not to call this a “bullet hell” game although you can see from the screenshots that there are plenty of bullets to avoid on the screen.
The game will be distributed on the App Store for a fixed cost without in-app purchases. It will also feature procedurally generated content for the levels, which should add significantly to replay ability.
FullBlast is expected to release on October 1st in the App Store for $1.99.
The newest Humble Flash Bundle features shmups for the desktop.
Really Big Sky and Syder Arcade are available for Name-Your-Own-Price. Danmaku Unlimited 2 and Aqua Kitty: Milk Mine Defender are available for Beat-The-Average (currently $5.08). Crimzon Clover: World Ignition is available for any price $7 or over.
Syder Arcade is available for the Mac and Linux in addition to Windows. All of the other games are listed as Windows only.
The price is only good for 24 hours and ends tomorrow morning.
Gemini Strike has received positive reviews on Metacritic. The game currently has a score of 76. Here is what the reviewers have to say:
“Considering the cost of admission, it’s a no brainer to check out Gemini Strike, and I’m pretty sure you won’t be disappointed.” – TouchArcade
“Shoot everything and loot everything in this entertaining vertical shoot em up.” – 148Apps
“Gemini Strike is not a perfect game, but one with enough redeeming elements and things that can, at worst, be addressed in updates, that it’s worth checking out for the curious – especially at that free price.” – Gamezebo
“An enjoyable mix of old school shmup and loot-harvesting action-RPG, though perhaps not quite as deep as it would like to think it is.” – Pocket Gamer UK
“Gemini Strike is a well put together vertical shoot ‘em up offering an intense challenge that is worth picking up. It’s worth noting that the costs can rack up quick with costly credits required to continue, upgrade, and replenish hearts.” – Apple’N’Apps
Gemini Strike, the ridiculously good action-RPG shmup, has received its first update today according to the App Store. The changes are all relatively minor, but they add some welcome new features to the game.
The following is the changelog for version 1.0.9 of Gemini Strike:
- Added ‘Everyplay’ replay sharing.
- Nerfed Enemy Missles.
- Fixed rendering problem on new devices.
- Added a Gem Doubler IAP.
While all of these changes are pretty small, it is nice to see the app being supported so well this soon after launch. Hopefully Armor Games will keep it up and rebalance elements of the game in future updates as they see fit.
The new F2P helicopter shmup from Bulkypix, HELI HELL, is an interesting take on the shmup genre that swaps out the typical ship vehicle in most games for an agile helicopter. The physics in the game make pushing the chopper around the screen effortless and fun, while shooting only happens when a target has been locked-on with a cursor for a few moments.
This change requires a little more patience and waiting than your typical, always-on shot shmups. While it takes some adjusting to get used to when starting to play, the shot dodging is familiar and the game’s graphics are top-notch on the level of Sky Force. To keep play interesting, players can earn (or buy) upgrades to the four available helicopters in the game.
HELI HELL is available now in the App Store for free with in-app purchases available.
Tiny Titan Studios recently released its flagship game, Starship Turret Operator Guy, on the App Store with paid and free versions. Starship Turret Operator Guy offers classic shoot-em-up action in a space setting with heavy tower-defense elements. The player operates a cannon turret and shoots at both incoming enemies and asteroids. An endless stream of targets moves from the top to the bottom of the screen. As with other tower-defense titles, players can spend earned points to upgrade their weapons as the game progresses.
While the controls can take some time to adjust to (think a bit of Bit.Trip Beat mixed with a Cave game), the action results in fast and furious aiming and tapping. Starship Turret Operator Guy has been generating positive reviews in places like 148apps, which praises its inventiveness as an “endless shooter.”
Starship Turret Operator Guy is available now in the App Store for $0.99.
Armor Games is publishing Gemini Strike, its action-RPG inspired shmup, on September 4th. Gemini Strike distinguishes itself from other shmups on the App Store with a procedurally generated loot system for your ship. As you defeat enemies, you will be able to upgrade your ship’s shield and shots.
Gemini Strike will be released for free with the game containing in-app purchases. However, many early previews of the game have praised its unwillingness to be “pay to win.” This is a good sign for shmup fans as the game has garnered praise for its inventiveness and gameplay in preview builds.
Gemini Strike will release on September 4th in the App Store for free with in-app purchases available.