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148Apps 2013 wrAPP-Up - A Year of Finding Familiar Addictions on iOS

Posted by Andrew Stevens on December 30th, 2013

One year after another, everyone always gets consumed with the latest and greatest games. People are usually focused on what’s next, and that was the case for me as well in most situations. However, after not giving much appreciation to shmups on iOS, my mind was changed after reviewing Danmaku Unlimited 2 earlier this year. All of a sudden I didn’t mind the idea of using my finger to play shmups rather than my previously preferred method of a console controller. This year, being focused on the present also reminded me of previously-released games and making a journey into familiar addictions; but this time on iOS.

One of the best things about shooters is that they usually come with a good scoring system for the leaderboards. I love shooters, so I am greatly addicted to high score runs and placing myself near the top of the rankings. So naturally with my new found love for shooters on iOS came an even bigger addiction to placing as high of a score as possible on Game Center leaderboards. All of a sudden I wasn’t just reviewing games like Danmaku Unlimited 2, Plasma Sky, and Liberation Maiden; I was learning to master them by earning a respectable placement on the leaderboards and then sharing that with friends.

I pretty much did my best to put up a quality time or score on all games I reviewed this year that came with a leaderboard. 2013 was also a year of Game Center addiction.

CAVE WORLD is Having Another Summer Sale - Quick, Buy Stuff!

Posted by Rob Rich on August 9th, 2013

CAVE WORLD makes awesome shooters. And as sure as they make awesome shooters, they also have seasonal sales. This summer, beginning tomorrow (8/10) and wrapping up next Sunday (8/18), a number of their highly acclaimed games will be getting price drops. These include the likes of Dodonpachi Resurrection and my own personal favorite, Deathsmiles.

The full list is below, but know that there's bound to be something there that you'll want.

MUSHIHIMESAMA BUG PANIC - ($6.99 -> $4.99)
Deathsmiles - ($11.99 -> $6.99)
Espgaluda II - ($7.99 -> $5.99)
Dodonpachi Resurrection - ($7.99 -> $5.99)
Bug Princess - ($4.99 -> $2.99)
Dodonpachi Blissful Death - ($4.99 -> $2.99)
Bug Princess 2 - ($6.99 -> $4.99)
Bug Princess 2 BLACK LABEL - ($13.99 -> $6.99)
DODONPACHI MAXIMUM - ($11.99 -> $6.99)
Espgaluda II HD - ($13.99 -> $10.99)
Dodonpachi Resurrection HD - ($13.99 -> $10.99)

Bug Princess 2: Black Label

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Sinan Kubba on June 29th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: BACK IN BLACK
A new spin on another fantastic iOS shmup from CAVE
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Bug Princess 2 Black Label Bound for the App Store. No, it's Not Whiskey.

Posted by Rob Rich on June 11th, 2012

After a recent SHMUP release (okay, not so recent. And they pretty much do SHMUPs exclusively), Cave is poised to drop another one on us. Kind of. Bug Princess 2 Black Label is more like a Director’s Cut than a real sequel, but it might just be the be-all-end-all version for series fans to get.

The key story and gameplay elements are exactly the same as the original Bug Princess 2. Make no mistake, however, there’s new stuff to justify the purchase. Even more bullets are included in this version, which is something I would never have considered possible but there it is. Players can also recreate a near arcade-perfect experience by slowing down the action (i.e. simulating processor strain). But by far the most interesting addition is the new Boss Rush Mode. All of the massive bosses from the first and second game are here, and high scores can be posted for bragging rights. There was also mention of an option to save progress, but details are still a little scarce at this point.

Bug Princess 2 Black Label has no definitive release date or price at the moment. Presumably it should be out in the next few months, and most likely sell for anywhere between $5 and $15 using Cave’s previous titles as a guide, but that’s all speculation. It is coming, though. And it’s looking like it’ll be glorious.