The Game Atelier, aside from making several other very cool iOS games, is responsible for one of my favorite scrolling shooters on the platform: Flying Hamster [Free / Free]. In addition to having some of the most adorable and absurd visuals in any game, Flying Hamster also really nailed the level of action and challenge that makes for a great shooter. In fact, I like Flying Hamster enough that it still lives on my iPhone 5 despite not being optimized for the widescreen, which is something I've been pretty cutthroat about lately (though I sure wouldn't mind if it was, Game Atelier).

Anyway, because of my fondness for Flying Hamster my eyeballs perked up when I saw that The Game Atelier has announced a new shooter coming to iOS called Sela the Space Pirate. It has a slightly more serious look than Flying Hamster, but still looks like it retains a lot of humor with its colorful characters and pirate-speak galore. Oh, and bullets. Bullets are freaking everywhere, along with swarms of enemies and humongous bosses. Most impressive of all is that according to the press sent over from The Game Atelier the entirety of Sela the Space Pirate was created by just one man. Check out the trailer.

Sela the Space Pirate will come with 30 levels, as well as an upgradeable ship to dump all your collected coins into as you progress. It's set for a February 15th launch for iPhone and iPad at a price of $2.99, though it doesn't specifically mention if that means it's Universal. I'm hoping so. It looks cool based on what I've seen, and if your interest is piqued too keep your eye out for Sela the Space Pirate to hit next week.

  • Alex

    Why does everybody like these kinds of games where there is so much shit going on, on screen, you can barely move without getting hit.

    • MidianGTX

      Precision, skill, reflexes, personal improvement... the core attributes of gaming. It's entertaining.

  • MrSHakerEsq

    I'm getting totally pumped for this.

  • famousringo

    A vertical scroller in landscape orientation? Fail.

    • Jan Jørgensen

      Nope, it looks awesome.
      Lots of classical Shmups works the same way.
      Aero Fighters and Strikers: 1945 Plus is just the first that comes to my mind. Loads of others.

      • tigerclaws

        Just wanted to mention Radiant Silvergun and Mars Matrix too as other examples of vertically-scrolling horizontal shooters. Neither of which is to be scoffed at!

    • KINGKONGKOCK

      wrong!!!!!!!!!!!!! download GRIDLEE, look for the rom GIGA WING from CAPCOM it's like playing SELA THE SPACE PIRATE WITH STEROIDS.

  • musclemanshawty

    AIN'T NOBODY GOT TIME FOR DAT!!!

    • toxiccheese

      Why do you keep posting the exact same thing? Is it supposed to be funny? I don't get it.

  • snworf

    $3 for something that's been done a zillion times before...?

    • toxiccheese

      There is a market for everything. Obviously you are not their target demo.

    • Jan Jørgensen

      Oh, so you may rather have another endless runner?
      Perhaps an Angry Birds game.
      Hey, what about a Tower Defence game?
      We never see many of these, right?

      Personally, I wish there were many more quality Shmups on the AppStore. There's loads of very bad ones, but only a handful really good ones.

  • Dams

    It's me or the game seems incredibly slow ?

    Or i am too much used to cave shooters

  • toxiccheese

    Coins? Did I see coin collecting in the write-up??? Not sure how I feel about that...

  • Geauxdown

    When is Cave releasing a new iPhone Bullet Hell game?

    • KINGKONGKOCK

      YOU WANT SOME BULLET HELL GAMES TRY THIS!!!!!!!! download GRIDLEE.find and download this roms ULTRA X WEAPONS TENGAI R-TYPE LEO PROGEAR PREHISTORIC ISLAND 2 IN THE HUNT GUWANGE (CAVE) GIGA WING ECO FIGHTERS ESP.RA.DE (CAVE) EIGHT FORCES DIMAHOO DARIUS GAIDEN-SILVER HAWK after you play this GEMS you gonna love me ha,ha,ha,ha

  • Gamer_Kev

    Any word if it will support iCade? I love these kind of games when I can play them with an arcade stick, one of the main reasons I keep an arcade stick for just about every one of my game systems. Anyway, it looks good.