Thy Creature by MazM and Growing Seeds Corporation is a dark fantasy adventure set in a mysterious tower. Playing as the Nameless Creature who made its way to the tower, players must reach the top for it to make its one single wish. However, the tower is filled with puzzles, ordeals, and mysterious inhabitants. Check out the video below to see what to expect from Thy Creature, currently available on Steam Early Access
Starlight: Eye of the Storm is a polished and enjoyable 2D bullet-hell shooter with arcade, campaign, and PVP modes. The ability to create your own custom ships and the wide range of weapons gives the game a lot of replay value along with multiple difficulty settings that also make it very accessible. The story is perhaps not the game’s strong suit, but the all-out action is hard to fault.
Gameplay: Very addictive and has multiple modes to keep players coming back for more.
Graphics: A nice combination of 2D and 3D, along with plenty of bullets and explosions.
Sound: The soundtrack isn’t too over the top, but the sound effects pack a lot of punch
Starlight: Eye of the Storm by Strides Interactive Game Studio is a 2D vertical shooter featuring ten arcade stages and a campaign with 15 missions. Players can choose from multiple ships, each of which can be customized with different weapons. The ability to drift also gives players the edge when it comes to taking on enemies with style. Check out the video below to see the campaign mode of the game in action
Endocrisis is a technical shoot ’em up by Arturo Buschmann featuring big bosses to battle. Players only get one life but can absorb certain enemy bullets or block others by not shooting. The game also features a map where players can quickly choose which boss to face. Check out the first look video to see the tutorial as well as a few levels that demonstrate the game’s mechanics
In Furi the jailer is the key and killing him will reward you with freedom. Unfortunately, your captors are a weird and violent bunch that will stop at nothing to thwart your escape efforts. Furi is an action-packed game that mixes elements of the hack and slash as well as bullet hell genres in one very challenging explosion of violence. It is frequently frustrating and often feels unfair, but very rewarding when mastered. Unfortunately, all the things that make it great for some players will also tempt others into snapping their controllers in half.
Gameplay: Very challenging and with frequent difficulty spikes, but also rewarding to master.
Graphics: Great character designs and some nice retro sci-fi elements.
Sound: The soundtrack is incredible and the voice acting very good
Psyvariar Delta is not just a brand new version of the arcade classic, but also comes packed with high definition remakes of Psyvariar Medium Unit as well as Psyvariar Revision. In addition, it comes with a slew of addition content that makes these titles more fun to play than ever before. It’s not the best looking bullet hell shooter by far, but thanks to buzz system, that sees you trying to skirt as close as possible to the deadly bullets you are supposed to dodge, it is definitely one of the most exciting. This mechanic also provides the game with a lot more depth than what is initially apparent, so there is definitely value for money here despite the higher than usual price tag. If you are a fan of the genre or still have fond memories of the original games, then Psyvariar Delta is an essential purchase.
Gameplay: A bullet hell shooter where you still have to dodge bullets, but if you want to level up you must do it in the most reckless way possible.
Graphics: The visuals are a definite improvement over the original titles, but still looks a little plain compared to more modern offerings.
Sound: The soundtrack is excellent and the sound effects pretty good too
Bullet Soul: Infinite Burst is an upgrade of the original game that adds a couple of new features to an already enjoyable title. The Combination Burst mode really does open up a whole new style of play and even the existing modes have been re-balanced and improved with new enemy patterns. While it is not going to change the minds of those who are not fans of the genre, Infinite Burst is surprisingly newcomer friendly and offers an enjoyable experience with plenty of game modes.
Gameplay: No new levels compared to the original Bullet Soul, but the new modes are definitely worthwhile.
Graphics: Showing its age, but still looks decent enough for the genre.
Sound: The soundtrack is great, but the sound effects are a little feeble
Hop into the cockpit of your fighter and take down a virtual network that has evolved a little too much for its own good in this shoot ‘em up from Bikkuri Software. It offers non-stop action and a bullet grazing mechanic that forces you to risk life and limb to boost your score while unleashing devastating attacks. The 16-bit style of the visuals and audio offers a nice blast from the past for fans of the genre, but even newcomers can ease into the action thanks to a practice mode and selectable difficulty settings. The game is a little short for our liking and the style might not appeal to everyone, but if you enjoy a good shoot ‘em up you can do far worse than this one.
Gameplay: Being forced to skirt dangerously close to bullets instead of simply avoiding them makes for a frantic experience.
Graphics: The 16-bit visual style is charming, but might not appeal to those who didn’t grow up with the genre.
Sound: The soundtrack is good, but the sound effects lack a little punch
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
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