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Cremation 5 Points Obliterate the first boss with all weapon slots equipped
Rookie 5 Points Finish the first area
AHK-372 10 Points Defeat the second boss
Damura 10 Points Defeat the first boss
Frequent Flyer 10 Points Fly 3,000 miles
Junkyard 10 Points Kill 4,000 enemies
Problem, Minecraft? 10 Points Collect 2,000 gems (spending them is allowed)
Variety 10 Points Use each weapon in the game at least once
Coeus 25 Points Defeat the fourth boss
Ding Ding 25 Points Reach level 20
Erebos 25 Points Defeat the third boss
Hardcore 25 Points Finish area 4 of AHK-372 with only a bullet rifle
Stealthy 25 Points Finish area 3 of Coeus without triggering any sentry lights
Untouchable 25 Points Finish area 4 of Erebos without taking any damage
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Author Comments

Classic top-down shooter with stat building and parts customization!
Multiple planets to see, weapons to collect, and big bosses to fight.
High scores and Medals available!

In the works since July 2010, the top-down shooter genre has been something I've always wanted to cover. Big thanks to Hyptosis and Kelwyshade for their art and music, otherwise I'd still be stuck with an unpolished engine. I think we ended up with a solid product, hope you enjoy!

Reviews


YukaTakeuchiFanYukaTakeuchiFan

Rated 2.5 / 5 stars

A little too dry.

The game was just fun enough to stick with until I beat it, but there's just nothing about this game that really sets it apart from other shooters I've seen. Everything in the aesthetics department is just... very bland, dull, and unmemorable. It does fit with the whole "early shooter" vibe, but far too much so. I note that you do make some concessions to modern shooting gamers to try to set this game apart from the pack, but... Well, let's run down the list.

Being able to buy, pick and choose which weapons you want to bring into battle is a great way to allow players to adjust how they play, but the way you implement the shops, it doesn't really work out. There is no reason to ever, at any point, buy anything but the highest-powered engine and armor available to you, and you present them as single incremental upgrades after every boss. There is also no need to wrack your brain deciding which mod to pick, especially once you reach World 4, where the omni-mods fall to the same tactic of "just get the latest one after every boss". That leaves you with your weapons...

It just feels like there's only a couple of weapons in the game that are really going to do you any good. Early weapons are made obsolete very quickly, and the gimmicky nature of later weapons, coupled with the fact that they're just so much more powerful than earlier ones and the fact that many of the gimmicks just aren't very useful (Here I refer to the pulse cannon that doesn't even shoot more than 1/3 of the screen's height) while others are far more useful (I'm looking right at the gun that pierces through any enemy), means that you'll probably pick a few "best" weapons when you hit the mid-to-late-game and never look back.

I'm also not sure that the meshing of old-school hitboxes with new-school bullet hell, life bar or no, was a particularly wise move, because with many types of bullet spreads, you're simply too large a target to squeeze between bullets, most of which are pretty damn fast to boot- and don't get me started on the dick moves you pull with enemies spawning either on top of you, or coming in from BEHIND with absolutely no warning other than the "where the hell did this guy come from" collision damage, far more than once in the game.

Overall... this game needs a greater sense of identity, or a serious tightening of the game mechanics and shop system, or better yet, both. I know that naming it SHMUP was meant to tie in to the acronym you gave the game, but right now, the game's name feels sadly much more like an indicator of its plain, generic nature than anything else.


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googdude42googdude42

Rated 2.5 / 5 stars

Not great.

It was... Ok
it was an arcade shooter but really unfinished, (in my opinion) the ships were giant and bullets flew everywhere so half of the time you flew around the screen collecting gems in a swarm of bullets, it felt like I was trying to find a needle in a haystack filled with land mines.

Also, you lost brownie points because I didn't see a mute button.


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CrosisthePurgerCrosisthePurger

Rated 2.5 / 5 stars

good concept

the game itself was good, a little repetitive, but the difficulty made it not worth playing by the second level.



jezzacekjezzacek

Rated 2.5 / 5 stars

not enough power-ups

not enough power ups... classic old shooters had tons of interesting power-ups and i find these sadly lacking..... making it boring to be honest... 1 minute play and i was over it.



Mel94Mel94

Rated 2.5 / 5 stars

As Sono09 said:

It's more like dodging ships more than bullets, the hitbox is too big.

And I think the upgrades are pretty lame, there is only things like shield +130 or speed +%8 -_- I got bored at stage 2, and stopped playing it at stage 3, maybe I'm going to finish it other day.
Also, the bullet patterns are not very original or fun, there was just 1 pattern I enjoyed (I think it was at the end of the first boss). There is some cases where ships come from the bottom and you can't expect that, I always get hit with that sh*t, something like a warning when ships come from behind would be cool.