There are all kinds of video games out there, and "Shoot'em Ups" (or "shumps" for short) is still a popular genre in Japan. However, one sub-category in particular has a large fan-base, and is considered the king of all shumps. Enter "Bullet Hell Shooter".
Cave, a well known video game company in Japan, is by far the best at creating shumps. The proof is in Dodonpachi Resurrection, which reached No.1 in the app store for both the iPhone and iPad. Finally, Android users can get this app too!
I'll write this as a beginner's guide, especially for all you girls out there who are not familiar with shooters. Now, watch this video and have a look at the kind of mistakes noobs will make in shoot 'em ups.
Before you play, here are some tips to improve your gameplay.
Move your ship horizontally
Don't move your ship up and down. Left and right is better. This is very important as by moving horizontally, you can easily avoid enemy blasts. This is a basic tactic for bullet hell, so you can concentrate on more important things than getting hit.
Dodge bullets at the very last moment
Do not dodge bullets one by one. That tires you, and it's much easier to avoid a heap of bullets at once. Also, doing this actually creates more space to escape from bullets.
Counter laser for beginners
You can protect your ship by firing lasers. This can be a counter-attack to your enemies' lasers. Switch off your ship's single-shot mode, as it isn't a very practical tactic for beginners anyway.
Eliminate enemies ASAP
Eliminate all enemies as soon as you see them, otherwise they will keep hammering you and giving you a world of grief until they're gone.
Keep your eyes on the whole screen
Don't just watch your own ship and enemies, but try to pay attention to whole screen. This helps you clearly anticipate an on-coming bullet hell.
Screen size should be set to "Small" as it's easier to play this way. Now, let's take a look at an actual gameplay video utilizing those tips.
See? This time we were able to advance to a further level.
Best thing about a "bullet hell shooter" is the sense of thrill and exhilaration. It seems difficult at first, but once you get the knack of it, you'll enjoy it greatly. This game is fun for everyone from beginners to advanced players because there is always more to learn.
First, try beating the game without dying. Then try improving your high score. The up-tempo techno and synth sounds fit really well with the gameplay, and together will give you even greater adrenaline rush.
There is an Easter egg for a hidden ship! Check the official site for more details.
Blast the "Hyper Cannon" whenever you like!
If you're a girl who likes this game, make sure you tell your gamer pals, "I love shooter games from Cave!" I guarantee you they will be shocked, and then possibly think you're the coolest girl on the planet. Or they may just think you're an mega-nerd... Either way, you'll shock them, so what have you to lose?!
Bit unfortunate that the Android version is behind the iPhone version. However, now that DO-Dodonpachi Resurrection is finally out on Android is awesome in and of itself.
Time Played: 10 hours
Device used: Galaxy S
OS: Android OS 2.3.3
Last Updated: 10/20/2011
Price: 500 yen
Compatibility: Android 2.1 or higher
Translated by Ruriko Sumi