Posts Tagged manic shooter

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.


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Bug Princess 2 Review

Bug Princess 2 Review

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Cave. Shooter. Awesome. Obviously.

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AstroWings2 – space odysey Review

AstroWings2 – space odysey Review

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It gets the obvious stuff right, but this shmup stumbles a bit with the key fundamentals.

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DoDonPachi Blissful Death Review

DoDonPachi Blissful Death Review

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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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Bug Princess Review

Bug Princess Review

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Cave goes back to a simpler time with an iOS release of a beloved arcade gem.

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EnbornX Review

EnbornX Review

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This constantly-evolving SHMUP is about as replayable as a game can get.

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Monster Shooter – Dual-Stick Mayhem Perfected! Review

Monster Shooter – Dual-Stick Mayhem Perfected! Review

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Monster Shooter has its fair share of quirks, but it's a surprisingly clever freemium game.

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Zombie Area! Review

Zombie Area! Review

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Zombie Area! is about as mindless as its antagonists, but that doesn't keep it from being tons of fun.

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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.

Pixel Ranger Review

Pixel Ranger Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
What do puns, a cowboy, pixels and alien abduction have in common? I'm not entirely sure but they make for a fun combination!

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DEATHSMILES Review

DEATHSMILES Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Cave releases great shooters. Cave released DEATHSMILES. The chain remains unbroken.

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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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