Offering a more humorous take on the crowded shmup genre, Chicken Invaders 5: Cluck of the Dark Side by InterAction Studios is a challenging shooter with a lot of personality. While the game may look cute, all of those chickens provide real challenges to your ship as you play, especially with InterAction’s claim that over 200 chickens can appear on screen at once. Just don’t call it “bullet fowl.”
Chicken Invaders 5: Cluck of the Dark Side is available on the App Store for free with optional in-app purchases.
If you don’t mind flying on rails, Wormhole Invaders, a new shmup from developer Henrique Silva, might be your kind of shooter. Released for iOS and Android on November 8th, the new game is a throwback to console shmups of yesteryear with plenty of modern upgrades to keep things interesting.
Different colored parts of the tunnel speed you up, add or drain energy, and control firepower. The gameplay is a bit like a shmup version of Super Hexagon, something I greatly enjoyed while playing.
Wormhole Invaders is available in the App Store for $1.99.
Absinthe Games has announced Infinite Cosmos, an endless shmup for iOS to be released soon. According to the website listing the announcement, Infinite Cosmos will be an “endless space shooter” and includes features such as:
- Retro pixel graphics
- Endless gameplay
- Highscore chasing thrill ride
- A multiplier, to multiply your score!
- NO ADS
- NO IAP
There is no word so far on when the game will be released or how it will be priced, but it looks like a promising new release for shmup fans on iOS.
NB Games, a French indie game studio, will be releasing Bullet Hell Infinite on the App Store this Friday, October 31st. Calling itself a spiritual successor to 90’s danmaku games, this shmup promises wave after wave of enemies and bullets.
In addition to what look like stellar bullet hell graphics, the game advertises ship upgrades, a variety of enemy types, and level randomization, which should add significantly to the replay factor.
Bullet Hell Infinite is expected to release on October 31st in the App Store for free with optional in-app purchases.
Super Mashteroids, a shmup from developer The Binary Crucible, was released in the App Store on Friday. The game is a mash-up of Asteroids, Space Invaders, and other vintage shooter games. In addition to emulating the old games, there are different game types and power-ups as well as many enemy and asteroid types to face off against.
Super Mashteroids is available in the App Store for free with optional in-app purchases.
After an extended review period, FullBlast is now available on the App Store. The stylistic shmup is a fast-paced shooter set to a heavy metal soundtrack and plenty of bullets.
Developer UFO Crash Games has a nice pricing system for the game. The first stage is free, and the additional three stages cost $1.99 through an in-app purchase. The game is quite challenging, so the first level may be enough for quite a while for most players, but I have already gone ahead and bought the additional stages.
FullBlast is available in the App Store for free with optional in-app purchases.
Luke Schneider of radiangames just announced two upcoming app bundles on Twitter. There will be an action bundle (most likely containing Inferno+, Ballistic SE, JoyJoy, Fireball SE and Super Crossfighter) and a separate puzzle bundle (most likely containing CRUSH, Fluid SE, SideSwype, and Slydris). Inferno 2 will not be included in the bundles due to its recent release.
I know a lot of people already own the games, but if you still don’t, this is going to be a great way to get in on one of the best small developers for shooters and puzzles in the App Store. While you’re there, considering picking up Inferno 2 for a very reasonable $2.99. I love the game and so does Kotaku, which gave it quite a favorable review and called it “one of the toughest games for the iPad.”
Inferno 2, the sequel to the twin-stick action RPG, is now available on the App Store!
radiangames really put a ton of polish into this one. The app will not go on sale through the rest of 2014, but that means you can buy it now without having to worry about a price drop the very next day.
Inferno 2 is now available on the App Store for $2.99.
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.