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Space Marshals Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Tre Lawrence on January 14th, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: SPACE COWBOYS
An epic top-down space cowboy affair.
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Bloodstroke Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Lucy Ingram on January 30th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: PAINT THE TOWN RED
A fast-paced action-packed on the rails shooter, John Woo's Bloodstroke is a commendable work of art.
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HeadshotsAlley Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Rob Rich on January 28th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: HERO WITH A SHOTGUN
Unforgiving difficulty spikes and some surprisingly graphic violence mean this arcade run-n-shoot-em-up isn't for everybody, but everybody *else* should consider checking it out.
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Alien Breed Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Dale Culp on August 6th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: SHORT BUT SWEET
This survival horror, top-down shooter may have been the best of its breed back in the day, but does it keep up with today's spawn?
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Solar Wings Bound for the App Store, Sombody Warn Icarus

Posted by Rob Rich on July 20th, 2012

I do love a good SHMUP, and a classic old-school style SHMUP with hand-painted visuals appeals to me even more. It probably appeals to a lot of people, actually, which might have something to do with why publisher Lace Mamba Global and developer Firepixels is bringing Solar Wings to the App Store.

Players will get to blow up all manner of fancy-looking enemy ships as they fight their way through five different worlds. Each with a collection of tough/large bosses and vessels. Power-ups are on hand, naturally, as well as a total of three selectable characters with their own personal ships, although the third character needs to be unlocked before they can be used. And it’s all depicted in that colorful hand-painted style I mentioned. Sounds tasty, right?

Solar Wings should be sitting pretty on the App Store come Saturday, July 28th. Any SHMUP fans can nab it for a very reasonable $0.99, assuming there’s no accident with the listing like there was for the game’s Desura release.

*Note: Images are from the PC version*

Meatspace Invasion Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Rob Rich on June 25th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: A LITTLE DIFFERENT
Take the fight to the streets (be safe, look both ways, etc) in this location-based shooter.
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Bug Princess 2 Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Rob Rich on April 9th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: TAKE BACK THE SKIES
Cave. Shooter. Awesome. Obviously.
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Endless War Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Rob Rich on April 6th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: CHOOSE WISELY
Despite initial appearances, Endless War can be a surprisingly personal shoot-em-up.
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AstroWings2 - space odysey Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Rob Rich on March 29th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: ROUGH SKIES
It gets the obvious stuff right, but this shmup stumbles a bit with the key fundamentals.
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Robokill 2: Leviathan Five Review

iPad App - Designed for iPad only
By Dan Lee on February 7th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: RELENTLESS
Defend Leviathan Five against alien attack in this top-down shooter.
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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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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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Dark Dot Review

iPad App - Designed for iPad only
By Dan Lee on November 9th, 2011
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: EVIL!
Top down shooter with a shape-based twist!
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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.