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101 10 Points A 101 kills
Game on! 10 Points Completed a challenge
All in a line 25 Points Completed an entire challenge
Backdoor action 25 Points Unlocked the rear weapon perk
Extra Life 25 Points Unlocked the extra lives perk
Level Up 25 Points Unlocked the increased XP perk
Nice and safe 25 Points Unlocked the shield perk
Scratched paintwork 25 Points Unlocked the increased Graze perk
The Overlook 25 Points Triggered the Super RedRum power-up
Mission accomplished 50 Points Completed the game
Return to sender 50 Points Unlocked the homing missile perk
Bullet HaHaHa 100 Points Reached Rank 30
Check you out 100 Points All challenges complete
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Author Comments

We've taken all the popular features from the original "casual" bullet hell DN8, the evolving power-ups, being able to select your own path, the random soundtrack and pushed them forward with the use of stage3D*.

Also new to this version are unlockable perks, along with more challenges than before.

Enjoy the destruction.

*The game defaults to 30fps to enable it to run on the widest majority of machines. If you've got a good graphics card please go to Options > Graphics and knock it up to 60.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to using stage3D ( ie GPU Acceleration ) this won't work on all machines. If it doesn't work on yours please accept our apologies in advance for your wasted time.

v1.1:
Hi-scores display
Perk bug fixed
If the GPU isn't compatible, software mode still allows you to play the game ( Although it won't be great ).

v1.2:
Medals should be fixed ( Sorry about that ).
Suicide kills no longer work on bosses ( Thanks everyone who pointed that out ).
Experimental fullscreen mode. It only allows mouse controls, and space to pause. This is more GPU heavy so in some cases performance may be reduced.

v1.3
Minor tweaks.

Reviews


SlayerX3SlayerX3

Rated 5 / 5 stars May 25, 2012

Funny and a bit challenging with a decent sound track.

But for the eventual touhou player this was really easy the patters could be improved a little and the drone's bounce back made passing though the bullets even easier.



OneOtherOneOther

Rated 4 / 5 stars May 24, 2012

It's nice that you made a sequel... but it's more a graphical upgrade than anything else...

For starting, the perks... some are useless, and some usefull... but maybe not as perks but as evolutions of the ship.
- 5 lives: certainly useless, or if the player isn't good but he will go into the defensive way for finishing the game. When you know how to graze, it become useless.
- Double XP: Good perk, but maybe for later in the ranks, when it become harder to level up in rank. I've been fast rank 20 in 1 complete run.
- Double graze: Well, useless (or usefull) if you know how to graze, usefull (or useless) when it's hard. (depends of the player...)
- Double shield: Useless if you don't take the shield...
- Rear diagonal & Homing missiles: Shouldn't be perks... maybe they should be in the evolutions.

Then come the evolving tree... nothing new to the first DN8. And that's a bad point for people like me who played the first one and maybe wanted something new:
- There's, again, the Super Redrum... why don't we got other ultimate depending of the tree line? Like a "Slow-mo mode", "Triple Fire", "Atomic Explosion" or anything else...
- Maybe another treeline like "Utilitary", giving defensive & offensive power at the same time, and there goes the Homing Missile and Rear diagonal, where we can adds Tail Drones firing lasers front/side/back, Pulsating shield that send back bullets for 1.5 second when touched but less charge that the original shield (2 maximum)... only exemples, but it's certainly possible to have more evolutions
- Offensive tree can be defensive and defensive can be really offensive... I'm speaking about the defensive drones and the side/rear drones. Maybe the defensive drones should be in the defensive tree (letting the player having a ship really hard to touch) and the side/rear drones in the offensive tree (more bullets fired -> more destruction).

The challenges... has more challenges, but they're a lot faster to fill compared to the first DN8. The only one not filled yet when tipping this message is the "Combo King" challenge. (but I gonna have it fast too...)

The levels, at the start, are nearly like the first DN8... maybe have an all new serie of levels? (or randomly generated levels... it can be great and make every new game unique)

Well... I think that's al I have in mind. Maybe a next game with all this could be really nice. (it can be risky if the players prefer having the same old tech-tree...)

Also add an "old-school" option... for having the same graphism of the first one. It would be nice. ^^ (Not that I hate the new graphism... but I prefered the old ones...)


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Squize responds:

Excellent review, thank you.

Yep, being perfectly honest it was a way to learn the new 3D tech in Flash rather than a full blown sequel. We had no clue what the outcome would be regards compatibility etc. ( Turns out 80% or so of players can actually play it properly ), and we really couldn't afford spending too much time on a game using brand new tech with no knowledge how it would be received.

As it turns out, it was difficult to sell and it's not spread well, so I think it took about 8 weeks to do and that's with re-using a lot from DN8 ( Very little code, but things like the level tree / power-ups etc. ) so I think we took the right decision. If we'd have done a full blown DN8 II and it went like it has then I'd have lost even more money on the game.

So yeah, we were a "Little" bit cheeky with this one as we had to balance out the risk of using stage3D, and I'm glad we did to be honest.
Maybe next year when stage3D games are more common and if we've got enough ideas we could do a proper sequel, but there's nothing planned right now.

Thanks again for the review.


pronoyrulzpronoyrulz

Rated 5 / 5 stars May 22, 2012

Awesome game..... Thank you....


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Squize responds:

Thank you mate for taking the time to play it and comment. Glad you enjoyed it.


SlashS7SlashS7

Rated 5 / 5 stars May 21, 2012

wow
i played it twice just to see what kind of power ups / upgrades i would get
nice game



Artisan48Artisan48

Rated 5 / 5 stars May 21, 2012

Awesome game. I always used to hate this type of game because I wasnt very good at it, but you made it fun and gave it a learning curve. I just beat the game <--easy mode lol my favourite part was the boss rush, freaking insane!! 5 stars :D


Squize responds:

Excellent, that's great to hear, thanks.

Yeah "Proper" bullet hell shooters are just pattern learning and painfully hard. We wanted a ton of bullets but to give you a chance, there's no point making a game that only a handful of people can complete.