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BaBaBear Boom Review

BaBaBear Boom Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
BaBaBear Boom is an enjoyable shooter that takes place on the back of a dragon. However, fans of the genre may not appreciate the free-to-play elements.

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Don’t Shoot Yourself! Review

Don’t Shoot Yourself! Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Dodge and dive in this challenging game all about avoiding the bullets that one fires.

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DoDonPachi Blissful Death Review

DoDonPachi Blissful Death Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
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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EnbornX Review

EnbornX Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
This constantly-evolving SHMUP is about as replayable as a game can get.

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Cave Announces Bug Princess for iOS

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.

ESPGALUDA II HD Review

ESPGALUDA II HD Review

iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
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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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.

Absolute Instant Review

Absolute Instant Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
This bullet hell shooter follows the standard genre tropes with one interesting exception.

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Ring Blade Review

Ring Blade Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Ring Blade offers an original control system and an impressive graphical style, as well as bullet hell fun.

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Apache Overkill Review

Apache Overkill Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Apache Overkill is a fun for five minutes shoot em up but it lacks depth and substance to make it a must buy.

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Wave – Against every BEAT! Review

Wave – Against every BEAT! Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
It might not fulfil its potential but Wave - Against every BEAT! is still a pretty fun bullet hell type shooter.

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Mushihimesama Bug Panic Review

Mushihimesama Bug Panic Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Fast and furious bullet hell fun with an added twist

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Gunstar Heroes Now Available

Gunstar Heroes has made the rounds since it launched on the Genesis back in 1993, and now it’s finally made its way to iOS. As of today Treasure’s infinitely entertaining (and exceptionally challenging) title is ready to kick your butt on the iOS device of your choice.

The game is run on a Genesis iPhone emulator, replacing the physical buttons of Sega’s controller with onscreen controls. While this is the standard procedure for most games ported to iOS, this is one of those cases where the lack of a physical controller may turn out to be a genuine issue. Treasure games are renowned for being fast-paced, twitch affairs with absolute precision required in order to succeed. Gunstar Heroes is already nearly impossible to beat with a traditional controller, so it’s hard to image that the game will work particularly well on a touchscreen. Still, we’re willing to give the title the benefit of the doubt right up until the point we hurl our iPhone out a window in frustration.

For those who must have you’ll be happy to know the game features seven full stages with familiar bosses as well as two-player support via Bluetooth. It’s recommended you bring a friend along for the ride, not that it makes it any easier to win, but at least this way you have someone to share your frustration with.

For all its challenge Gunstar Heroes is still a terrific title and a classic in every sense of the word. If you’re looking for a real challenge and want a game on your iOS machine that offers a true test then this is easily the game for you. Just make sure not to play the game on a plane, subway or other form of public transit as your screams of rage may be misinterpreted by the other passengers.

$0.99
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2010-11-22 :: Category: Games

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Phoenix Review

Phoenix Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
One thing is for certain: you'll never get the feeling while playing Phoenix that the screen could use a few more bullets.

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Techno Trancer Review

Techno Trancer Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Bullet hell blended with insane techno provides Techno Trancer with enough mojo to make gamers forget that they can't possibly win.

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Dodonpachi Resurrection Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Dodonpachi Resurrection is a phenomenally crazy "bullet hell" shooter that boasts excellent gameplay and execution. Just don't spend too much time trying to figure out the plot.

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Assault Squadron Review

Assault Squadron Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Assault Squadron is full of chaos, but unfortunately that extends to the controls as well.

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ESPGALUDA II In-Depth Review

ESPGALUDA II In-Depth Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Espgaluda II is a stunning, well-developed 2D vertical scrolling “manic-shooter” that has breathed new life into an otherwise stale, complacent genre and raised the bar for other 2D scrolling shooter developers. It's beautiful, fantastic game play and varied game/scoring modes result in fun, engaging, lasting game play that should appeal to all game lovers.

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