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Aces of the Luftwaffe Squadron review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on March 3rd, 2020
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: ERR FORCE
Aces of the Luftwaffe Squadron is full of distracting little gimmicks that make for a worse experience.
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Planet Automata review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on July 15th, 2019
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: ACCESS
Planet Automata is a barebones shooter, but it has an interesting method for splitting the difference between challenge and accessibility.
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BlazeFury guide - How to wrap your mind around this odd shmup

Posted by Campbell Bird on June 12th, 2018

BlazeFury is a unique take on the shmup genre, so it’s pretty easy to be confused about how you should play it. Fear not though, dear reader. These tips below will make you a dogfighting champion in no time.

Missiles are the best

The best way to start progressing quickly in BlazeFury is to invest in the right weapons. Since enemies get harder and harder, and there’s no real way to fight back without upgrading your own arsenal, you want to be sure you’re making the best investments possible.

From my experience, the missiles are the best weapon for you to unlock and continuously upgrade. Not only do they pack a punch against enemies, but they also do a great deal of splash damage, which can help you take down enemies that you aren’t even targeting.

BlazeFury review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on June 11th, 2018
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: STILL SHOOTING
This shmup isn’t quite like any we’ve seen before, and it's both a good and bad thing.
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Glitchskier review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on February 14th, 2017
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: SHOOT FIRST
This glitched-out shooter has an amazing look and offers up some solid challenge.
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Battleship Lonewolf: Space Shooter review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on November 29th, 2016
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: SLOW WOLF
This space shooter blends a shmup with tower defense.
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Dark Star review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Nadia Oxford on November 26th, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: NOT A TIGHT SHIP
Dark Star looks pretty and it has some good ideas, but its controls make for a rough flight
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+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on August 4th, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: EXPLOSIVE
Loud and outspoken, OPERATION DRACULA will punish and excite you with equal measure.
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Shooting Stars Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Rob Rich on July 9th, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: TOO RANDOM
It’s a good thing Shooting Stars doesn’t rely solely on celebrity spoofs and meme jokes.
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Son of Light

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Nadia Oxford on February 10th, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: LIGHT UP THE NIGHT
Son of Light is an enjoyable and rewarding shoot-em-up that's easy to pick up and play.
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DotEmu Releases SHMUP and Adventure Game Bundles

Posted by Jessica Fisher on September 24th, 2014

DotEmu Games has bundled some of their most popular games together. The publisher has added new features to these retro games to keep them fresh and exciting, and the bundle packs save you a big chunk of change.

The DotEmu Classics – Shmup is $5.99 instead of $9.00, and comes with Raiden Legacy, R-Type, and R-Type II. You can also check out their DotEmu Classics – Adventure pack for the same price and you'll get Little Big Adventure and Another World. Last but not least, the biggest bundle is their DotEmu Classics – Hits pack. This one is $9.99 instead of $20.00, but you get all of the games from the Shmup and Adventure bundles.

You can check out all the awesome games in these bundles on the App Store now.

Starship Turret Operator Guy Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Rob Thomas on August 8th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: UNSUNG HEROES
Starship Turret Operator Guy--besides having a great name--casts players in the unlikely role of a guy. Who happens to operate a turret. On a starship. Surprise!
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Super Crossfire Re-Release Super Crossfighter Coming Soon, Other Radiangames Titles Go 50% Off

Posted by Ellis Spice on July 31st, 2014

Back in March, Radiangames had to take down its neon-tinted arcade shooter Super Crossfire from iTunes, due to a trademark clash with an online F2P FPS. For those to you who missed out on the game, don't despair, as an updated version will be making a welcome return to iTunes soon with a new name - Super Crossfighter.

Alognside various minor fixes, this updated version of the game has rebalanced victory points and upgrades, with enemy shots designed to be more visible. The game now also supports iOS7, MOGA, and Bluetooth controllers during gameplay, with iCade support also improved. Alongside this release, all of Radiangames' iOS library will on sale from now through Sunday evening, cutting the price of each game down to $0.99.

Super Crossfighter is set to fire its way onto the App Store sometime soon at the time of writing, where it will be free for a couple of days so owners of Super Crossfire can get their hands on it. After this period, the game will go up to its usual price of $1.99.

Ballistic SE - $0.99
CRUSH! - $0.99
Fireball SE - $0.99
Fluid SE - $0.99
Inferno+ - $0.99
JoyJoy - $0.99
SideSwype - $0.99
Slydris - $0.99

Vertical Shmup Heli Hell Set to Shoot in Soon

Posted by Ellis Spice on June 25th, 2014

Bulkypix have today announced that Starkom's Heli Hell will arrive on the App Store this week. Set to offer a "modern take on the vertical shoot'em up genre," the game will challenge players to take out the enemy that has holed up on the island of Vyellna, using the heavy upgradeable arsenal at their disposal.

Heli Hell will fly into the App Store on June 26 and will be free to download.

Flying Hamster and Flying Hamster HD are Free and Updated to Support MFi Controllers

Posted by Stephen Hall on April 9th, 2014

Flying Hamster brags that it has almost 2 million players worldwide, and I don't see any reason to doubt that as the truth. After all, this game is about flying hamsters. It features 6 unique worlds, 35 different enemies, and 8 "freaky" weapons that you can find throughout each level. Additionally you can control the game in four different ways, allowing the player to use either on-screen controls or the accelerometer.

Flying Hamster and its HD version were both recently updated with support for 4-inch screens, iOS 7 game controllers, and Game Center. But the best part about the recent update is that both games are now completely free to download. Head over to the App Store and grab one (or both) of them now.