Posts Tagged top-down shooter

Bloodstroke Review

Bloodstroke Review

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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

HeadshotsAlley Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
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

Alien Breed Review

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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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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

Meatspace Invasion Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
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

Bug Princess 2 Review

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Cave. Shooter. Awesome. Obviously.

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Endless War Review

Endless War Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Despite initial appearances, Endless War can be a surprisingly personal shoot-em-up.

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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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Robokill 2: Leviathan Five Review

Robokill 2: Leviathan Five Review

iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Defend Leviathan Five against alien attack in this top-down shooter.

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Shogun Review

Shogun Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
This tribute to classic Japanese shoot-em-ups has a couple of tricks up its sleeve.

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Bug Princess Review

Bug Princess Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Cave goes back to a simpler time with an iOS release of a beloved arcade gem.

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Dark Dot Review

Dark Dot Review

iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Top down shooter with a shape-based twist!

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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.

Hypership Out of Control Review

Hypership Out of Control Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Hypership Out of Control combines top-down shooters, endless runners and crazy in one super-slick, retro-inspired package.

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iStriker: Rescue & Combat Review

iStriker: Rescue & Combat Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Jump into a helicopter and take on masses of enemies in this top-down shooter with a twist -- rescuing alliance members in the heat of combat -- as the name suggests.

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AirAttack HD Review

AirAttack HD Review

iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
The planes fly fast and furious in Air Attack HD, a top-down shooter that boasts incredible graphics and intense game play. If only it were a bit longer!

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