Bullet-hell shooters aren’t exactly huge outside of Japan. It’s tough to find a decent selection on most console download services, let alone ones in English. With that in mind, it’s good news that Nyu Media has bundled three of the finest games in the genre together and even translated two of them.
Arcade mode and story mode play out in much the same fashion. If you lose all your lives and/or credits, it’s back to the beginning for you. Like any good arcade game, regardless of how far you made it, you’ll feel compelled to try again for a high score (granted, just staying alive is more of a task than getting points). Each of the three games is short enough that you can count the levels with both hands, but given that these are arcade-like experiences, you’re probably going to end up replaying them a fair bit.
As with nearly any bullet hell game ever, it goes without saying that this package is not a genre for the faint of heart. If you’ve got slow reflexes or find yourself cussing as difficulty increases, you’d best keep your distance. There’s a chance someone new to the games might be able to pick them up, but it will take some practice. The mechanics themselves are easy enough to understand, at least. You’ll also want to invest in a game controller if you haven’t done so already, since making subtle movements is a lot easier on the wrist than prodding at the arrow keys.
It does bear mentioning that the English translation only applies to the second and third games, while the first is treated as an import title. It’s still a good value for the money, as you’re getting three games for $9.99 USD. Lack of familiarity with the Japanese language shouldn’t impact your enjoyment of the first game at all.
Great review, Clark!
I'm not a big fan of bullet hell shooters, but I feel for the people who have missed out on a lot of the good ones because no one has localised them (we JRPG fans feel the same pain). Really good to see Nyu Media spring up to take on these projects.
My sentiments exactly – I'm not huge on the series, but for those who are, this has to be an awesome find.
I am huge of the genre. Which is weird, because I hate regular shooters. 😛 Guess I'll pick this up. Hope it's on Steam.