Category Archives: Shoot ‘Em Up

Z-Exemplar (Full Review)

Z-Exemplar is an excellent retro shoot em up that was released last year (we covered the playable demo a ways back) and it’s currently on sale for around €2,50/$3.00.

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That made for a perfect time to step in the cockpit and head out for some old fashion galaxy conquering, and see how the full experience stacks up to the demo. Are the 900+ levels too much? How do the large variety of powerups fit into the experience? And did it land the right balance between old and new? Mostly, yes. Despite some rough patches, Z-Exemplar is very much worth its meagre asking price.

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[Freeware] Tujate

Tujate is an old school arcade shooter, that shares more than a passing resemblance to ancient arcade classics such as Choplifter, or console games like Phantasy Zone. But its a weird beast – its gameplay gives it an early arcade feel, but its ease of play and simple design gives it a early-mid 90’s shareware feel. Whatever it is, it’s not a bad thing: discovering Tujate feels stumbling across a pile of old dusty coverdisks, with retro games you somehow never knew you had.

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[Demo, Remake] Agony

These owls are a diverse lot. From wizard familiars and labyrinth overseers, to annoying dream guides or deadly laser beam shooting birds of prey – they’ve been around. Agony is firmly nesting in that last category, a fanmade 3D remake of Psygnosis’ classic Amiga shooter with no shortage of laser shooting owl action.

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[Alpha Demo] Burst Fighter

Burst Fighter is a slick looking indie effort that harks back to classic 2D shoot ’em ups of yore such as Raiden. The game was recently greenlit on Steam and we decided to hop in the cockpit and take the current alpha demo for a spin.

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New Retro Games’ Christmas Awards! (Pt. 2)

A few days ago – just in time for Christmas – we spewed out some of our best game picks from the blog. Now that the turkey carcasses have been picked clean and the hangovers have cleared (somewhat), it’s time to dip into Santa’s secret stash for more goodies from the past year or so…

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Part 2: The Christmasing

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[Demo] Zenodyne R

Zenodyne R is a retro style 90’s inspired vertical shooter, where memorising bullet patterns is the order of the day. It’s highly derivative – following pretty standard conventions of the decade such as different ships to choose from, powerups and large boss encounters. And, apparently, starting the name of the game with one of last three letters of the alphabet (see: Xydonia, Z-Exemplar)

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Butcher (demo)

(like) Mad Max had managed to get himself out of the desert and into a macabre industrial plant; but you’re no savior. You will be the judge, jury and executioner as you Khmer Rouge the last remains of humanity.

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If you want a vision of Butcher, imagine a cyborg stamping on a human face for 20 levels. You may be a barely discernible slab of pixels, but there’s no meatbag you can’t tear limb from limb.

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Polygone (GBJAM 5)

Pick a game that has a bland cover image and see if it’s any good. That’s the name of the game in selecting Polygone for a test drive among the 400+ entrants into the recently wrapped up Game Boy Jam 5. So is it worth a spin?

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The description is “shoot down enemies to get the high score”. Now if reading something like this sounds unfamiliar, you’re a very lucky person – you have a lot of catching up to do. For everyone else, this is your Gameboy style shmup.

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Arengius

Another R-Type ’em up enters the space arena, and this time… only one leaves. Just kidding, there’s room on my 500GB HDD for another 25,684 more.

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Arengius, like some similar games we’ve covered (Z-Exemplar, Xydonia), comes from a generation that couldn’t let go of the 80’s (the good parts, not the mullets and shoulderpads). While Z-Exemplar digs on the ZX Spectrum, and Xydonia is hot on the 90’s SNES style, Arengius shows its love for the more 8-bit style of the NES.

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Remake Roundup: Action 52 (Owns)

Welcome to the Remake Roundup! Here we take a look at an unsuspecting old school original and roundup a tasty smattering of new retro remakes.

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In this edition we take our first look into the terribad Action 52 – a notoriously horrible compilation of games (if you can call them that), packed into one cartridge for the bargain price of $200. Proving that no compilation of games is so horrible that it can’t be remade, we dug through 23 remakes to see if even the worst of gaming history can truly can be redeemed.

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