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X-Morph: Defense Review – There Goes the Neighborhood

I remember being entranced at a young age by building destruction animations in early RTS titles. Red Alert 2 included buildings exploding and falling apart in realistic detail, from your…

Raiden V: Director’s Cut Review – Thunder and Lightning

The Raiden series have been one of the shmup genre’s most well-known franchises since the series started over 25 years ago. Admittedly, I’ve never really been that in to that…

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Dimension Drive Preview – Double the SHMUP, Double the Fun

SHMUPs are one of the oldest video game genres, which means that new games in this space really need something to stick out from the crowd. Dimension Drive had the…

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The Bug Butcher

The Bug Butcher is an action-packed 2D side scrolling shoot em up game where peril comes from above, inspired by the arcade classic Super Pang! Use a wide selection of weapons…

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Starr Mazer: DSP Preview – Beware, I Live. Again.

I’ve never been great at SHMUPs, but I’ve always been attracted to them. I’m a fan of most any genre that was born in the arcade, and the alluring high…

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Touhou Genso Rondo: Bullet Ballet Review – Dodging Bullets Like Rain

Things are looking up for the Touhou franchise this year with the release of not one but three different Touhou fan games for the PS4 and Vita via Sony’s Play Doujin!…

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Monsters and Monocles Preview – The Old Cockatrice Try

It has been said that roguelikes and roguelites are the new arcade experiences, offering short gameplay loops that encourage repeated attempts and eventual mastery. This is one type of arcade game,…

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Stardust Galaxy Warriors Review – Mechtastic!

What if you added mechs, melee combat, light RPG elements and couch co-op gameplay to a classic side scrolling SHMUP? You’d have Stardust Galaxy Warriors; that’s what. If any of…

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Indy PopCon 2016 – Spacecats In Space!

Imagine an alternative galaxy/universe in which the struggle between dogs and cats has evolved beyond just chasing each other … out into the stars themselves. Cats and dogs, locked in…

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Deathsmiles Is Coming To Steam In 2016

Deathsmiles, a gothic horror themed side-scrolling shoot ’em up by Japanese developer Cave will be coming to Steam in 2016. Deathsmiles will be Cave’s second foray onto Steam. Their first title on…