Tag Archive: shmup

Fraxy Wrath


Fraxy 1

Official Site (Japanese) || Fraxy HQ

Fraxy is a shmup dedicated to boss fights, but it is also a powerful and flexible engine dedicated to making those fights. With a small yet dedicated fanbase, Fraxy has amassed quite a large amount of user-created content over the years and we’ll be taking a look at some of these creations in the very near future. For now, this article will serve as an introduction to Fraxy both as a game and as an engine.

Sengoku Youkai Daikassen Boss

Sengoku Youkai Daikassen

Official(?) Download
NOTE: The official website no longer exists, credit goes to https://panchira.wordpress.com/ for containing a link.
NOTE 2: This game seems to be based on an anime called Sengoku Otome: Momoiro Paradox, which looks awful, but at least the game’s good!

I’m not sure as to exactly when I fell in love with the bullet hell subgenre, but I do know that I always enjoy stumbling across worthwhile entries and Sengoku Youkai Daikassen is one such entry. Taking place over the course of six stages (or ‘steges’ according to the in-game Engrish) in Warring States-era Japan, this horizontal shmup offers enough Continues to make it a good entry point for those new to the genre and enough nuance to its scoring system to satisfy most bullet hell veterans.

V Prototype Gameplay

V Prototype

Game Jolt Page
NOTE: The developer’s own site no longer exists so the online high score tables and in-game links to their site will not work.

V Prototype is an inventive, small shmup which, contrary to the genre’s name, does not allow you to shoot things. There are ten short stages available and with no boss fights and two difficulty settings (the higher of which only adds in a certain enemy to stages without really changing much) this game really does feel light on content and does not offer much in the way of replayability beyond trying to achieve a high score. That said, the core mechanics go a long way and every single stage introduces a new hazard or two, often while putting a new twist on an old one.

The Winter Solstice

Official Site

Vertigo Gaming may be best known for making Cook, Serve, Delicious!, but they also made more than a few fantastic freeware titles back in the day, one of which is particularly fitting for this time of the year. The Winter Solstice is, despite its name, a game about winter as a season. Or rather, it’s a game about an abstract play in the San Aruba Amphitheater in the middle of a desert about a blizzard representing the season of winter. Anyway, you play as a blue paper lantern on a string shooting gel at lights and other paper lanterns to make them pop and spark.