Famous Japanese shoot 'em up developer Cave recently revealed that Do-Don-Pachi Dai-Fukkatsu will be released this summer, joining Espgaluda II [$8.99 / Free on the App Store. With similar bullet hell gameplay to Espgaluda II, which we enjoyed in our review, Do-Don-Pachi Dai-Fukkatsu will share the same limitations in only running on the latest generation of iPhone and iPod touch hardware, unfortunately leaving first and second generation iPod touch users as well as original iPhone and iPhone 3G owners left out once again.

Cave isn't discussing pricing yet, and they're not getting any more specific than "Summer 2010" for a release date. Either way, while I'm sure quite a few people have never heard of this game series before those who have, will likely be very excited.

  • kevlar

    What a terrible video!

  • Champagne01

    Any word on retina support for this and Espgaluda II?

    • psyc

      What does retina support do anyway? Is it basically the same thing as optimizing for the iPad?

      • Champagne01

        Retina support is basically hi-res graphics for the iPhone 4 screen - games that don't have this look fuzzy and pixelated, they don't 'pop' like they should on the retina screen.

        Updates rolling this functionality out are pretty slow coming at the moment...

    • Zonko

      The sprites and backgrounds in Espgaluda didn't even max out the old iPhone display, let alone a retina display. Cave would have to re-draw EVERY asset in the game (remember these shooters are several years old and run on very primitive arcade hardware), which is obviously not going to happen for cost and time reasons.

  • Lions

    another Cave game? yep, instabuy. Hope they continue the porting. I want all of them on my iDevice.

  • hay, I'm cool ^_~

    great, now I get to play caves latest masterpiece on a tiny ass screen with horrible touch controls ^___^

    Doesn't matter because I'll buy it any ways so they might do more region free ports πŸ™

    • http://www.squarezerostudio.com squarezero

      Horrible touch controls? Not the Espgaluda II game I played.

      • hay, I'm cool ^_~

        cool, could you actually play it on default arcade level (hard in the port) highly doubt it. Iphone isn't a platform for actual games.

      • http://www.squarezerostudio.com squarezero

        "cool, could you actually play it on default arcade level (hard in the port)"

        Yes, I can. Can't you?

      • hay, I'm cool ^_~

        no because I don't waste my time rubbing my fingers across a tiny screen when I can play it using a joystick on my television, tated natch.

      • http://www.squarezerostudio.com squarezero

        Ah, so it's not that you can't -- it's that you won't. What was your argument again?

      • Dran

        Wow, you have no argument. I've played both versions and if anything, the game controls better on the iPhone than on my console. The iPhone is not a games platform anyway?? A multiple-billion, thriving industry disagrees with you, troll.

    • Cilo

      I'd also have to disagree, Espgaluda II set the bar very very high for touch controls on the iPhone OS. They weren't just band-aid ported over, the responsiveness and different options for control were in my opinion well thought out.

      Aside from controls, the graphics (ie: clarity and fps) are top notch. To compare this to a console or arcade cabinet is another argument altogether, but to diminish the quality of this release by Cave I feel is a huge error in judgement. Once again, it's a phone first, a gaming device second, but companies like Squarenix, and Cave are making steps to blur that division.

  • Andrew

    Meh. Espgaluda II was the worst app purchase I've made. I'll stick with rRootage Online, thanks.

  • nsolo1717

    if you think espgaluda II was bad in any shape or form. Don't get rRootage Online or any shmup for that matter. Just quit.

    • Andrew

      It's not the genre I dislike; it's Espgaluda II. The game is way too short and way too expensive.

      • Anon

        Shmups like this. aren't about playing through them though, they're all about the score hunting. If you're into that, you can get hours upon hours of enjoyment out of Espgaluda 2 and its complex scoring system. If not, you should probably play something else.

        Also @"expensive": May I remind you of the fact that an import of the identical Xbox 360 version of this game is something like $60 on average?

  • http://www.metroccolis.com Silent Rocco

    Another epic shooter. Espgaluda is a masterpiece.
    This one will be one, too. I'm pretty sure.

  • PitchBlak14

    Man, I really wish I could play Espgaluda II, or this. =(

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

      Me too! My poor iPhone 3G has no Cave love! Then again... I wouldn't be willing to pay more than $0.99 for an app anyways... so... moot point. :\

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  • http://twitter.com/BulkSlash BulkSlash

    Excellent! I was finally able to play Espgaluda when I got my iPhone 4 and I love it. I'm not surprised it isn't available for the 3G, there's no way it could have coped with all the stuff flying about the screen.

    I'll be buying this as soon as it hits the App Store.

  • MrMuesli

    Espgaluda ended up being a little too hard core for me. Good, but way too much emphasis on playing it over and over until you've learned every single bullet pattern off by heart, and knowing exactly when to switch off this and that. Is this game similar? I couldn't really tell from that mess of a teaser.

  • nkflier23

    garbage another cave shooter shutting out the 2g touch users -.-

  • Finch

    Hell yes. Espgaluda II is still my most played iPhone game. Can't wait for this.

  • george


    • Finch

      Just run the iPhone app on you iPad. Thats what I do with Espgaluda II, its much better than on the iPhone.

      • Zonko

        Espgaluda is one of the few games which works great upscaled on the iPad. Remember the original source assets are very low res to begin with, so there could never be a native res iPad version. (well, not without an epic amount of work)

  • Pachi

    If you people with a 3g iphone stop complaining..the 3g iphone HW sucks and it doesnt have the ram to play most apps and games..Upgrade already.

  • Zonko

    This is fantastic news. Espgaluda is one of the best games on the iPhone, it's a masterpiece and works superbly on the touch screen.

    Needless to say, I'll be buying this the second it's released. Hopefully Cave will bring their entire cataogue to iPhone, including new stuff like Death Smiles.

  • Blades

    Cool, and hopefully it will work right from the get-go with the Touch 3rd gens, unlike last time....


  • David

    Wow, this video is the worst trailer I've ever seen. Hope that this "music" is not the BGM, I fear people consuming this music will get stupid over time ^^
    and I fear that cave is again doing this for 3GS and 4 only...