On April 10th Cave, the world leader in bullet hell shooters, are releasing ESPGALUDA II on the iPhone and iPod Touch. You could of played or seen this game already on the Xbox and you should be happy to know this is pretty much a direct port, other than the new iPhone game mode.

ESPGALUDA II will have two modes of play, iPhone and Arcade. The Arcade version is just like the Xbox/Arcade version with the controls obviously modified for a touch interface. The iPhone version adds new game play with the “Awakening Pulse” system. This is where you tap the screen to send out an energy blast that changes enemy bullets in to spirit stones. Spirit stones are used to protect your character, which is great since everything else on the screen is trying to kill you.

With shooter games, the controls are obviously very important and you don’t want them to hinder your view of the action. Cave feels they solved this with track pad like controls at the bottom of the screen. I have played other games that used this method and found it a dream to use once you get the hang of it.

The game will only run on the 3GS and 3rd gen Touches. This is expected with the amount of sprits that are on the screen at the same time. Older models will probably have unplayable frame rates for this kind of game.

ESPGALUDA II is expected to be released April 10th for $4.99. The response in our forums has been very positive and expectations are high for this game.

  • Bdragonst

    Looks intense! Ill consider about buying this when it comes out

  • Bdragonst

    Looks intense! Ill consider about buying this when it comes out

  • Zastro

    Wow, that's great news. Cave shooters are amazing, really top tier stuff. Could knock Infinity Gene off the top spot.

    Hope it's a solid 60fps.

  • Zastro

    Wow, that's great news. Cave shooters are amazing, really top tier stuff. Could knock Infinity Gene off the top spot.

    Hope it's a solid 60fps.

  • Finch

    FINALLY a decent SHMUP game for iPhone. I got burned on a lot of those other for not being that great. This should be sweet.

    @Zastro "Hope it's a solid 60fps" that will of course be the deal breaker. *fingers crossed*

  • Finch

    FINALLY a decent SHMUP game for iPhone. I got burned on a lot of those other for not being that great. This should be sweet.

    @Zastro "Hope it's a solid 60fps" that will of course be the deal breaker. *fingers crossed*

  • Christian

    YES! I love this game, amazing to see all that intensity on the iPhone...

  • Christian

    YES! I love this game, amazing to see all that intensity on the iPhone...

  • http://hippotrouble.com japtor

    "It’s rumored that the game will only run on the 3GS and 3rd gen Touches."

    It's not rumored, it's on the official website:
    http://www.cave-world.com/en/games/espgaluda2.html

    "COMPATIBLE DEVICES iPhone 3GS/iPod touch (Late 2009, End 2009 32GB and 64GB)"

    It also has OpenFeint for scoreboards. Regular price will be $8.99 when the sale is over.

    • http://www.mrbaconpants.com Jason Mosley

      I read that website but didnt see that. I only saw the comment in the forums about only being for the 3GS. I will fix the article.

  • http://hippotrouble.com japtor

    "It’s rumored that the game will only run on the 3GS and 3rd gen Touches."

    It's not rumored, it's on the official website:
    http://www.cave-world.com/en/games/espgaluda2.html

    "COMPATIBLE DEVICES iPhone 3GS/iPod touch (Late 2009, End 2009 32GB and 64GB)"

    It also has OpenFeint for scoreboards. Regular price will be $8.99 when the sale is over.

    • http://www.mrbaconpants.com Jason Mosley

      I read that website but didnt see that. I only saw the comment in the forums about only being for the 3GS. I will fix the article.

  • Citsade

    finally a solid, decent shmup for the iphone...

    Hope it plays well and sells well so more can fall in line...no reason Touhou cant be made for the iphone =D

  • Citsade

    finally a solid, decent shmup for the iphone...

    Hope it plays well and sells well so more can fall in line...no reason Touhou cant be made for the iphone =D

  • Zastro

    3GS only? Ouch, that's me excluded then.

    Oh well, I guess I'll pick it up when the next iPhone comes out this summer.

  • Zastro

    3GS only? Ouch, that's me excluded then.

    Oh well, I guess I'll pick it up when the next iPhone comes out this summer.

  • Heaven

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=meegHdD0dAk

    There is NO way I'm picking up this game

    • http://www.thegamelessplayed.com Dominic White

      That's another game, and also that's a secret boss that only about ten people have ever seen. You encounter it by beating the entire game TWICE IN A ROW without continuing.

      That's a bit like saying that because Nuts.wad exists (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5f-onsf90oE), Doom isn't worth playing.

    • spiffyone

      as stated, that is from another game, and is a secret boss (actually the "true" boss).

      That said, however, I'm completely the opposite. Seeing something like that makes me WANT to play a shmup. But then again, I'm a shmup fanatic.

      • psyc

        There is shmups and there is bullet hell. This is bullet hell and the game I linked looks no less insane than this one does.

  • Heaven

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=meegHdD0dAk

    There is NO way I'm picking up this game

    • http://www.thegamelessplayed.com Dominic White

      That's another game, and also that's a secret boss that only about ten people have ever seen. You encounter it by beating the entire game TWICE IN A ROW without continuing.

      That's a bit like saying that because Nuts.wad exists (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5f-onsf90oE), Doom isn't worth playing.

    • spiffyone

      as stated, that is from another game, and is a secret boss (actually the "true" boss).

      That said, however, I'm completely the opposite. Seeing something like that makes me WANT to play a shmup. But then again, I'm a shmup fanatic.

      • psyc

        There is shmups and there is bullet hell. This is bullet hell and the game I linked looks no less insane than this one does.

  • Scott

    "You might of played..."

    C'mon is it really so hard to proof something before publishing? How can I take something seriously if they don't know could of from could have?

  • Scott

    "You might of played..."

    C'mon is it really so hard to proof something before publishing? How can I take something seriously if they don't know could of from could have?

  • big things ftw

    looks like Space Impact from N-Gage 2

  • big things ftw

    looks like Space Impact from N-Gage 2

  • Crambazzle

    I quite like the look of this game, never played the Xbox version though.

    Also I wanted to point out that there are quite a few grammatical errors in this article. As well as the 'might of' thing, there's the sentence 'This is expected with the about of sprits that are on the screen at the same time' which really makes no sense at all. It's no big deal because most people like myself just skim read articles but it does make the website feel a bit unprofessional.

    • Brian

      The typos didn't make me think "unprofessional", so much as "oh geez, somebody's making a post from their new iPad".

  • Crambazzle

    I quite like the look of this game, never played the Xbox version though.

    Also I wanted to point out that there are quite a few grammatical errors in this article. As well as the 'might of' thing, there's the sentence 'This is expected with the about of sprits that are on the screen at the same time' which really makes no sense at all. It's no big deal because most people like myself just skim read articles but it does make the website feel a bit unprofessional.

    • Brian

      The typos didn't make me think "unprofessional", so much as "oh geez, somebody's making a post from their new iPad".

  • nsolo1717

    this looks incredibly awesome and an instant purchase the moment goes on sale without hesitation......thank you Cave

  • nsolo1717

    this looks incredibly awesome and an instant purchase the moment goes on sale without hesitation......thank you Cave

  • CassieTheChaoticCupcake

    This looks like a weapon to use against people with epilepsy o_o

  • CassieTheChaoticCupcake

    This looks like a weapon to use against people with epilepsy o_o

  • http://hippotrouble.com japtor

    Gameplay video showing the iPhone mode:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jt-Jaz1oRAU

    Appears to be a funky blend of the standard game mechanics with touch control. Instead of the normal kakusei/awakening mode they've changed it to a touch based thing to convert bullets, while taking away your movement and shot.

  • http://hippotrouble.com japtor

    Gameplay video showing the iPhone mode:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jt-Jaz1oRAU

    Appears to be a funky blend of the standard game mechanics with touch control. Instead of the normal kakusei/awakening mode they've changed it to a touch based thing to convert bullets, while taking away your movement and shot.

  • http://www.reverbnation.com/ujnhunter Ujn Hunter

    $0.99 or nothing baby! This game is going to be IMPOSSIBLE to play without controller support... sorry.

    • Zastro

      Actually vertical schmups work okay on the iPhone. They're one of the few genres of traditional game which does. Try Infinity Gene to see what I mean.

  • http://www.reverbnation.com/ujnhunter Ujn Hunter

    $0.99 or nothing baby! This game is going to be IMPOSSIBLE to play without controller support... sorry.

    • Zastro

      Actually vertical schmups work okay on the iPhone. They're one of the few genres of traditional game which does. Try Infinity Gene to see what I mean.