Best Shmup?

Discussion in 'General Game Discussion and Questions' started by Esty H2O, Oct 4, 2010.

  1. Esty H2O

    Esty H2O Member

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    I'm relatively new to the forum here, but I was wondering what everyone's thoughts are on some great Shmups?

    I have Worldly Wings, Icarus-X, iFighter, Siberian Strike, and Do-Don-Pachi Resurrection.

    Any others I'm missing?

    By the way, sorry if this thread already exists, I didn't find it.
     
  2. Outkast1

    Outkast1 Well-Known Member

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    Sky Force Reloaded and Espagaluda II in addition to what you have.
     
  3. Esty H2O

    Esty H2O Member

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    Thanks!

     
  4. Outkast1

    Outkast1 Well-Known Member

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    You're welcome :)

    Remembered some more I have that you didn't mention..

    Platypus (side scroller but has a lite to try)
    Roswell Fighter (has lite)
    Space Deadbeef (also sidescroller but it's free)
    Warblade

    Oh and definitely check out Space Invaders Infinity Gene. I don't know how I forgot to mention that. SIIG, the 2 Cave Bullet Hell shooters, Sky Force, and Icarus - X are my favorites. iFighter is good as well. Don't have Siberian Strike but I should try the lite.
     
  5. strivemind

    strivemind Well-Known Member

    Add these to your list to check out:

    Space Invaders Infinity Gene
    rRootage
    Ultrablast
    I.S.U.D.
    HotField
    Super Laser: The Alien Fighter
     
  6. ovalprocess

    ovalprocess Well-Known Member

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    I second Warblade and Space Invaders Infinity Gene.

    rRootage and Noiz2sa are also both excellent.
     
  7. spacecowgoesmoo

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    Tyrian

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  8. SumoSplash

    SumoSplash Well-Known Member

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    The one shooter that stands above all other vertical shooters: Phoenix HD
     
  9. Frennis

    Frennis Well-Known Member

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    Some sci-fi shmups:
    IMHO...
    Danmaku Unlimited is a very special BH shooter if you catch its mood.
    Lightning Fighter is a fine piece of work.
    Dariusburst vies with the very best. (It's a little reminiscent of the console game Soldner X2 - if you know that one.)
    Shogun is great but gets hard.
    Starfire is coming along quite nicely.
    And a bump for Warblade - it's quite something.
     
  10. RCranium666

    RCranium666 Well-Known Member

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    #10 RCranium666, Apr 13, 2012
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    Phoenix HD.
    Shogun.
    DoDonPachi Blissful Death.
    Danmaku Unlimited.
    Ifighter2.
     
  11. awp69

    awp69 Well-Known Member

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    #11 awp69, Apr 13, 2012
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    That's a loaded question if you've played any Cave games. I didn't until recently (didn't have a device that was compatible).

    But now Bug Princess and Espgluda2 have blown away any of my previous favorites.

    I also like Phoenix, Storm Strikers and, if you're in the mode for something retro and horizontal, R-Type.

    Still not sure if they fall in the Shmup category, but Space Invaders Infinity Gene and Super Crossfire are also faves of mine.

    And Act of Fury is good if you like a little twist on the genre (you are the weapon),
     
  12. MeanTuna

    MeanTuna Well-Known Member

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    For me:

    DDP Resurrection ( love every other Cave shooter but im only listing this one)
    Phoenix HD
    R Type
    Neoteria
    Rrootage
     
  13. Darth Ronfar

    Darth Ronfar Well-Known Member

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    Well all Cave games are a must IMo..

    Cave

    Bug Princess
    Bug Princess2
    Dodonpachi Ressurection
    Dodanpachi:blissfully death
    Espgaluda 2
    Deathsmiles

    Then other really good ones/Must haves

    Phoenix HD
    rRootage
    Danmaku: U
    Storm Strikers
    Lightning Fighter
    Bathtimeboogie
    Space Invaders IG
    Icarus-x
    Tyrian
    Dariusburst
    Velocispider
    Space Tripper
    Sky Combat

    Other good ones


    Shogun
    Venomblast
    Turbulence
    Polloshot
    Gods of Niburu
    Wonton 51
    Mythlia
    Absolute Instant
    Super Laser
    Ringblade
    Buster Red
    Neoteria
    R-type
    Space deadbeef
    Warblade
    Act of Fury Krainea revenge
    Oriented
    Ifighter
    Super blast 2
    Xfighter 2
    Star mercenary
    Noiz2sa
    I.S.U.D
    Peter pog
    Sky force
    Evening star
    Radiant
    A shoot shoota
    Space ship Ion
    Shmup
     
  14. gunxsword

    gunxsword Well-Known Member

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    Off topic: is it necessary to distinguish between a bullet hell and a shmup?

    On topic: Raptor: Call of the Shadows. Basically an old-school shmup with a mission based story structure and equipments.
     
  15. tops2

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    Well, for non bullet hell...Space Invaders Infinite Genes, Tyrian and Vetica are great.
    For bullet hell, Cave (with Bug Princess 2 & Deathsmiles on top for me) and Danmaku.
    Super Crossfire if you count it as shmup.

    For me, bullet hell games is about the bullet patterns and scoring. To me, shmup is missing the bullet patterns and scores. Don't get me wrong though..I like shmups too..its just depends on mood.
     
  16. Bytebrain

    Bytebrain Well-Known Member

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    I've played most of these shooters and there's some pretty good ones among them, but one of the best IMO is missing:
    Battle Squadron One.

    That's on my top five best Shmups for iOS. I believe it's iPad only, not sure though.
     
  17. Bytebrain

    Bytebrain Well-Known Member

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    For me, Shmups and Bullet Hell is two separate genres.
    For all that I've tried, and I really have tried, I just can't get into Bullet Hell...

    Love good old fashioned western Shmups.
     
  18. HLW

    HLW Well-Known Member

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    I didn't realise that was available on iPhone! Great game!
     
  19. gunxsword

    gunxsword Well-Known Member

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    That's why I believe recommendations should separate a BH from a shmup. Oh well.

    Btw can someone provide some information/impression on Star Mercenary? It sounds and looks like an interesting game akin to Raptor from the iTunes store description.
     
  20. Royce

    Royce Well-Known Member

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    #20 Royce, Apr 14, 2012
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    Dariusburst SP

    Everything by Cave, Phoenix HD, Shogun, Danmaku Unlimited, Storm Strikers.

    Bullet hell is a subgenre of shmups, not a separate genre. However if people are demanding distinctions, Dariusburst is a more traditional style side scroller while all my listed runners up (I omitted a few I really like due to age or other factors) are bullet hell.
     

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