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Mission Sirius Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Rob Rich on March 19th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: A BIT MISLEADING
Calling it a first-person shooter is a little unrealistic, but Mission Sirius is good at what it does.
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DoDonPachi Blissful Death Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Rob Thomas on February 14th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: BLISSFUL MISSILES
Remember Galaga and Space Invaders? Yeah, this isn't them by a long shot. DoDonPachi Blissful Death brings "bullet hell" into the palm of your hand.
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DARIUSBURST SP Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Rob Rich on February 14th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: BIG GUNS
TAITO brings another shmup classic to iOS, complete with some new bells and whistles.
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Shogun Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Rob Rich on February 7th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: RISK
This tribute to classic Japanese shoot-em-ups has a couple of tricks up its sleeve.
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Asteroid 2012 3D Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Rob Rich on January 30th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: SIMPLY SHOOT
Asteroid 2012 3D may not have a whole lot of bells and whistles, but it does shooting space rocks quite well.
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Asteroids 2012 Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Rob Rich on January 4th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: FLOATING SPACE ROCKS
Hop in a ship to protect the Earth (and other planets in the solar system) from the constant threat of annihilation via asteroids. Easier said than done...
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Bug Princess Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Rob Rich on December 15th, 2011
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: BULLET HEAVEN
Cave goes back to a simpler time with an iOS release of a beloved arcade gem.
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EnbornX Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Rob Rich on December 15th, 2011
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: EVOLVE OR DIE
This constantly-evolving SHMUP is about as replayable as a game can get.
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Monster Shooter - Dual-Stick Mayhem Perfected! Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Rob Rich on December 12th, 2011
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: APOCALYPSE MEOW
Monster Shooter has its fair share of quirks, but it's a surprisingly clever freemium game.
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Zombie Area! Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Rob Rich on December 6th, 2011
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: MAKE IT RAIN
Zombie Area! is about as mindless as its antagonists, but that doesn't keep it from being tons of fun.
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Major Mayhem Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Rob Thomas on December 1st, 2011
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: MAJOR FUN
Join the Major for some explosive shooting in the newest offering from [adult swim].
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Cave Announces Bug Princess for iOS

Posted by Rob Rich on November 18th, 2011

Cave has released a number of shooters on the App Store, and virtually all of them have been very well-received. In the interest of preserving that tradition, they've just announced an iOS port of Bug Princess (also known as Mushihimesama). I'm hoping that I have all my facts straight, but bear with me here.

Mushihimesama was a big hit in Japanese arcades when it was released in 2004. Thanks in no small part to its "Manic" and "Ultra" modes, I'm sure. After all that success, Cave released a sequel - Mushihimesama Futari - in 2006, followed by a 2010 spin-off most iOS users should be familiar with at this point: Mushihimesama Bug Panic. Still with me? Good.

So, Cave is getting ready to release the original vertical-scrolling shooter Mushihimesama, now under the name Bug Princess on the App Store for our enjoyment. My head hurts a little now... Anyway, the original arcade title that led to the creation and release of Mushihimesama Bug Panic is headed our way. According to the developer, it's going to be compatible with the iPhone4, 3GS, iPod Touch 3rd Gen and up, the iPad and iPad2, and will require OS 4.2 or higher.

There's no specific release info yet aside from "winter 2011," but there isn't a whole lot of 2011 left so it won't be too long a wait. As for pricing... Well, that's still unannounced, but it's a Cave game so I'd imagine it'll range from $5 to $10 or so. Best get those App Store funds ready.

Monster Shooter - Shooting Monsters in the Name of Kitten Safety

Posted by Rob Rich on November 11th, 2011

It's one thing for slimy, slobbering aliens to go around stealing livestock. It's something else entirely when they start pilfering cute little kitties. That's crossing a line. On the other side of that line is a vengeance-fueled engine of mayhem and destruction hell-bent on recovering his lost friend while making his antagonizers wish they were never born. Or spawned. Or whatever the heck aliens do to reproduce. And his name is Dum Dum.

Gamelion has recently announced Monster Shooter, a soon to be released twin-stick shooter. Players will blast their way through all sorts of alien scum on three distinct worlds, featuring a humorous story and lots and lots of shooting. If they grow tired of the plot or structured level progression, there's also a Survival Mode to put their skills to the test. And yes, the developers have mentioned that they're already working on additional content which will be released as free updates in the future.

There's no exact date for Monster Shooter's release just yet, but it should be out sometime this month. "... Within the next few weeks," is the best I've got at the moment. Still, it looks funny and sounds entertaining. That combined with a non-existent price (read: it's going to be free) makes it absolutely worth an inquisitive glance or two. Once it finally gets here, of course.

ESPGALUDA II HD Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jacob Siegal on November 2nd, 2011
Our rating: starstarstarstarstar :: BULLET HEAVEN
The most balanced, polished, attractive top-down shooter on the App Store makes its way into high definition without missing a beat.
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More Espgaluda II HD Details Revealed (Finally!)

Posted by Rob Rich on October 4th, 2011
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarstar :: MIND BLOWING :: Read Review »

Update: 10/07/11
Cave has just unveiled more solid release details: Espgaluda II HD will be available on the App Store next week on the 13th (10/13). It's also going to have a special 4-day "Commemorative Price" of $10.99, so I'd suggest those who are interested jump on it ASAP.

A couple of months ago we mentioned that Cave was working on an HD version of Espgaluda II for the iPad, but at the time they didn't disclose much else. We just knew that it was a thing. Well Cave has since chipped away at the ice a bit.

The "Guinness-recognized 'danmaku' shooter!" is indeed being refitted with high definition displays in mind, however it's looking like this HD release will be exclusive to the iPad 2. At least for the time being. In addition to the remastered visuals - although according to the press release, the backgrounds and "some other graphics" will retain their SD quality - the "iPhone Mode" is being re-dubbed "Smartphone Mode" and receiving a new soundtrack by Kenichi Fukui and “KAY.”

Of course, that's not all. Along with all this HD craziness, the current iPhone/iPod Touch version of Espgaluda II is getting a bit of a revision. For starters, the soon-to-be newly dubbed Smartphone Mode will also receive the new soundtrack. So there's no need for audiophile non-iPad users to feel left out. Secondly, the full version will also get two separate "split" versions: Arcade and Smartphone. Each one will contain the full content of its titular mode, but won't contain the other. Of course, the Full version will still be available, and contain everything. I'm guessing (keyword: guessing) this was done to allow more frugal App Store shoppers a way in, so to speak.

There's still no official release date or pricing, but Cave promises that it'll all be posted "soon" on their homepage. I'd strongly suggest iPad 2 owners with a love of bullet-hell keep an eye on it. Or here. We'll probably mention something here, too.