As if there isn’t enough diseases with scary names and even scarier symptoms, the government has cooked up a new one, code-named H7. It is a form of bovine spongiform encephalopathy, which sounds terrifying enough without even knowing that it turns people into zombies. Not content with simple lab tests, the government started experimenting on people, which as any horror fan will know, caused the virus to spread like wildfire. The good news is that you are one of the very few people who are immune against the effects of H7. The bad news is that everyone else have turned into ferocious zombies and they all want to use your head as a chew-toy
Not everyone enjoys navigating a hail of bullets with pinpoint precision while retaliating with excessive firepower, but if bullet hell shooters are your thing then you can’t go wrong with DoDonPachi Resurrection. The story will probably be lost on most players and the game can be very daunting at first, but it packs a wealth of modes and options. The action is relentless and chasing highscores is undeniably addictive. This Steam version does suffer from a couple of minor issues, but overall it is a great example of the genre and one that all shooter fans will want to add to their collection.
Gameplay: The action is relentless, but very addictive.
Graphics: Good, but the playing area is rather small and mostly filled with bullets.
Sound: The soundtrack is fast paced and upbeat while the sound effects deserves to be cranked up high
If you like your top-down shooters, fast, frantic and a lot of fun then don’t miss out on Wings of War – London Squadron, which is out now on Android. Players get to strap into the cockpit of a propeller-driven aircraft and are tasked with fighting Hitler’s secret Nazi super weapons. The aerial dogfighting takes place over the city of London and in this 360° shooter death can come from any direction
RefRain is a great shooter that strays a little from the usual formula to offer an action packed experience that is based more on skill than luck. Mastering the use of the M.E.F.A2 and Concept Reactor attacks are immensely satisfying and also allows you to play more aggressively. Players used to power-ups and weapon upgrades will find that RefRain has a bit of a learning curve, but this also provides it with more longevity and replay value. Overall, if you are a fan of the genre, then RefRain certainly doesn’t disappoint.
Gameplay: Challenging, but very rewarding when mastered.
Graphics: The designs are a little bland compared to other shooters, but the game is very colorful.
Sound: Features a very fitting electronic soundtrack
Usually all it takes to get our attention are the words “shoot ‘em up,” but Xenoraid from 10tons Ltd looks like it will be of special interest. The game is a vertically scrolling shooter with a small dash of bullet hell, but don’t expect to memorize your way out of harm’s way with this one. 10tons has revealed that missions will be procedurally driven based on set parameters, which means enemy formations and attack directions will be different each time
Blue Rider is a game that will make you remember the days of encountering bosses that actually served as a challenge and not just a minor speed bump on your road to finishing the game. And while the game is far from easy it is addictive enough to keep you coming back for more. Thanks to the vibrant visuals and excellent enemy designs, especially the bosses, it is also a very good looking game. If you are not scared to be challenged and in the mood for a very polished shooter then get yourself a copy of Blue Rider.
Gameplay: Tough and uncompromising, but still very entertaining and addictive.
Graphics: Vibrant and varied.
Sound: Nice music and booming explosions
It is not without its faults but Nanostray is a pretty impressive debut shooter for the Nintendo DS. Longevity is definitely an issue but the game is fun while it lasts. The 3D backgrounds also show what the handheld is capable of so hopefully this will not be the last time we see a game of this type on the system.
Gameplay: A blast for shooter fans but a bit short.
Graphics: Pretty spectacular by DS standards.
Sound: Very fitting for the game
For an action packed, neon fueled arcade shooter look no further than AIPD. Despite the intriguing title the game does not have a story driven campaign mode, but it does have tons of action. The amount of enemy and arena permutations on offer also gives it a bit more replay value than typical arcade shooters. Best of all it features a four player local coop mode, which is as fun as it is chaotic.
Gameplay: Plenty of old school shooting action.
Graphics: The 80s style neon glow art style have been done before, but still looks great.
Sound: Features a nice electronic soundtrack and solid sound effects
Geometry Wars is a throwback to the days of arcade games that gobbled up your coins as you desperately tried to beat the high-scores. It can be very frustrating and might feel like you have wasted your money initially, but the more you play it the more addictive it becomes.
Gameplay: Initially frustrating, but always addictive.
Graphics: Has a certain retro charm.
Sound: Could have done with some more variety
Save the world from evil aliens disguised as celebrities in this classic arcade style shooter. It is perhaps a little too fond of memes for its own good, but the gameplay is addictive and the large assortment of bosses will keep you coming back for more. Since you face a random assortment of bosses during each run the game also stays fresh, unlike its memes.
Gameplay: Classic arcade style shooting with waves of enemies and wacky bosses.
Graphics: Nice retro style visuals and the pixel art celebrities are actually very good likenesses.
Sound: Features a very catchy and upbeat soundtrack