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Pickup!A gigantic & technical, shmup full of soul and imagination.

Jan/31/2017   By Dominic Tarason

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Cambria Sword
Vagues_Games
$14.56 / 1,620 JPY | 150pt (Point 10%)
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An epic shooter set in the future-past of giant creepy crawlies...
Doujin GameShooterExecutable Filewith Musicwith Trial VersionComic Market 91
  • Release: Jan/17/2017
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I stumbled upon this game while browsing recent Comiket releases. In amongst the countless familiar Touhou clones stood something strange. A shmup marching to the beat of its own drum.

Cambria Sword is a bizarre fusion of Bio Hazard Battle and Radiant Silvergun, with a few other nods to classic Genesis/Megadrive-era sidescrollers. It (silently) tells the story of space-war in ancient prehistory, with the strange creatures of Cambrian-era earth dragged into a conflict between rival alien intelligences. It's trippy, but a hell of a hook.

Gameplay-wise, this is slower and chunkier than most modern shmups. While you do have a relatively small hitbox, enemy attacks are relatively sparse and manageable, but you'll be losing lives regularly anyway, as this is a true marathon game.

While most shmups clock in at 20-40 minutes, a complete playthrough of Cambria Sword is a 3-4 hour endeavour. There's a handy level select and you can pick a shortened campaign along the way to make things a little less gruelling, but your six continues will be stretched to the limit on this one.

You'd think that the long playtime would make this feel stretched out, but each stage is full of creative ideas and imaginative bosses. The second stage is stand-out brilliant, with your ascent from the ocean to the stars being blocked by waves of mobilizing enemy troops in the foreground and back.

In fact, you can play that right now - there's a generous demo right on this page. Download it and play it. Experiment with the complex weapons system, then come back to get the full game.

The full version comes with the (excellent, live) prog-metal soundtrack, and the strategy guide from the Extra Disc, which is surprisingly legible even when machine-translated.

$14 for one of the biggest and most creative shmups I've seen is good value, by the way. Get it.

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Cute and relaxing.

Jan/27/2017   By BumBumReviewer Rank: 5

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Received From Pets: Comfort
AaronPoint
$6.79 / 756 JPY | 70pt (Point 10%)
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ASMR-style comfort, personal attention, sleep-inducing calm sounds with Aaron and Ena.
Doujin SoftwareVoiceMP3 Filewith Voicewith Trial Version
  • Release: Dec/20/2016
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This release has become one of my favourite ones. You get a total of seven audio tracks which are really enjoyable, starting out with ear cleaning and finishing up with some soft sleep sounds. Also included are of course aftertalk and outtakes, but also animated 'shorts' of some of the audio. Haru Koyama, our voice for this piece does a great job for Aaron and Ena. I can't really stress how cute this is enough. Looking forward for more releases from AaronPoint!

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Pickup!A great part four.

Jan/27/2017   By BumBumReviewer Rank: 5

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The Rest House -Gojitsuya-
Tomimi Retreat
$2.91 / 324 JPY | 30pt (Point 10%)
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Ear cleaning, meals and other relaxing holiday events with Hinata ~ CV: Yui Asami
Doujin SoftwareVoiceMP3 Filewith Voicewith Trial Version
  • Release: Nov/23/2016
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Absolutely (in my opinion) the best 'The Rest House' part so far. Yui Asami is fantastic as always, though Hinata is a bit more grown up this time... Which is great! A surprisingly varied set of tracks, the highlights for me being the massage and bathtime (nothing dirty!) Top it off with cooking sounds, and a really soothing sleeping sounds, at this price it's a no-brainer. Propably the best price/quality I've ever seen.

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Pickup!Fantastic massage audio.

Jan/24/2017   By BumBumReviewer Rank: 5

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[Ear Cleaning, Massage] Relaxation Salon Misaki - Shiho Utatsuki
ristorante
$9.71 / 1,080 JPY | 100pt (Point 10%)
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Tingly audio fetishism by Ristorante. 1 hour, binaural and standard, 3 sound effects levels (or none). CV: Yuki Manaka
Doujin SoftwareVoiceMP3 Filewith Voicewith Trial Version
  • Release: Oct/17/2015
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All in all, a great package of ear cleaning but more importantly for me personally, massage sounds which are delivered. I'm not usually a fan of breathing sounds but somehow they just really work and relax me in this piece. Also a nice balance between talking and other sounds, which I always appreciate. The price is on the higher end, but if you enjoy hand sounds with talking and breath, it's totally worth it.

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The New King of Dōjin Shmups

Jan/19/2017   By fran_friki

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Cambria Sword
Vagues_Games
$14.56 / 1,620 JPY | 150pt (Point 10%)
Point 10%
An epic shooter set in the future-past of giant creepy crawlies...
Doujin GameShooterExecutable Filewith Musicwith Trial VersionComic Market 91
  • Release: Jan/17/2017
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Cambria Sword is a meticulous work that brings us the best of a decade virtually lost. It follows a structure similar to the Treasure's works, with the boss rush as center, counting on enemy routines ranging from the classic to the rain of bullets (danmaku), and a little hitbox in our main character. Its resemblance to Bio-Hazard battle is remarkably visually, but in mechanics it goes far enough. The horizontal view is not only limited to side scroll, but also moves in all directions, creating great, long and difficult scenarios. Drinks from some Taito works (with a sofisticated shortcut system based on decisions, similar to G-Darius), also Tecnosoft in terms of varied weaponry (there are dozens of combinations), the progression platform in phases, with obstacles and traps, remembering at times to Thunder Force saga or Naious. Graphically it is spectacular, if a boss has to occupy the entire screen will do, as well as his attacks. The music is pure heavy-metal and brutal death, fast and frantic. It contains a significant number of bosses and hundreds of mechanics, desperado attacks and a myriad of original ideas, with years of work behind by a single person. It also has a reward system similar to Cho Ren Sha.

I only recommend it to people already familiar with horizontal shmups and have a long history with the genre (tons of hours), it is VERY, VERY difficult, it demands a lot of patience, precision and memorization. The "Sharp X68000 standards" are back; a domestic shmup with an unnatural longevity, surpassing any arcade. You will love it or you will hate it.

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Sounds Good

Jan/12/2017   By MelandraReviewer Rank: Top 50

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Copyright-free Original SE Vol.1 [Arm and Magic]
Bastet tail
$0.97 / 108 JPY | 10pt (Point 10%)
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This is Vol.1 of original, copyright-free sound effect contents.
Doujin SoftwareMusicAudio Filewith Musicwith Trial Version
  • Release: Aug/17/2010
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This is a set of around 35 copyright free sound FX that you can use in your own games. Sounds covered include whooshes, spell effects, ricochets, explosions, rattles and rumbles etc.

There is not too much to it than that. If you are interested in producing your own game, either using a scripted tool or from scratch, then these could be very useful to you and save some time.

All FX are in wav format and range from 1-15 seconds in duration. Some of them come in a variety of durations for use.

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A safe for work Slayers dojin

Jan/09/2017   By Czerwieniec-kun

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UmiUmi S*AYERS
E Gap
$0.97 / 108 JPY | 10pt (Point 10%)
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S*AYERS doujinshi, feat. Ri* and others.
DoujinshiMangaPDF File
  • Release: Oct/26/2006
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Circle Ginmomodou/E-gap presents a non-hentai Slayers doujin, featuring the usual cast: Lina Inverse, Amelia Seryuum and so on. Thos dojin has about thirty (30) pages, and as the title and cover suggests, is about our heroes having some fun on he beach. As a non-hentai dojin, it is heavy on plot, with a lot of text to read. Any fan of classic Slayers dojin, should check this one out, and it is safe to read in public :)

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Pickup!Great buy!

Jan/05/2017   By HikiRinReviewer Rank: Top 50

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Fireworks With First Love Girlfriend [Ear Cleaning] [Fall Asleep]
Triangle!
$8.74 / 972 JPY | 90pt (Point 10%)
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A pleasant audio date on a festival night with your childhood friend Natsumi.
Doujin SoftwareVoiceWAV Filewith Voicewith Trial Version
  • Release: Jul/21/2016
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I was expecting to blow out my ears with the fireworks sfx, but I was surprised by the quality of this work. The fireworks sfx are at a level where they are very enjoyable. They sound pretty awesome. The mimigaki portion is really enjoyable too. A good addition to any mimigaki collection.

The real dealmaker for this buy is the voice actress. By far of all the audio merch I buy Asami Yui has to be my favorite. The VA is the one who voiced most of Tomimi Retreat works so that added on to the reason I bought this. She has a soothing and amiable voice that makes the whole package really worth it.

This is my first buy from this group and I am really happy with it. If you like ASMRs and mimigaki I suggest buying this!

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Nice 3D rendered backgrounds

Dec/21/2016   By redpandagamesReviewer Rank: 2

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Minikle's Background CG Material Collection "Daily Life" part13
minikle
$19.42 / 2,160 JPY | 200pt (Point 10%)
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10 + variant backgrounds. Stylish condos, interiors and exteriors, hallway and lobby.
Doujin SoftwareUtility / ToolJPEG Filewith Trial Version
  • Release: Nov/19/2016
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Some backgrounds include day, night, afternoon, and dusk renders. The internal hallway for the apartments just has one render.

The outside render of the entire apartment building has renders with and without caution tape.

There are 10 unique backgrounds including the apartment building from outside, the apartment building hallway, a dining room with sitting area, a gender-neutral bedroom, a living room with TV, a bedroom with desk, an apartment hallway (inside the apartment), an entryway, a girl's bedroom, and a woman's bedroom.

The overall quality is good.

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Weird and strangely wonderful survival horror

Dec/20/2016   By H.Deville

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English Ver. Undead Syndrome: Episode 1
Mukago Software Development
$3.88 / 432 JPY | 40pt (Point 10%)
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Face the darkness where creatures lurk. A hybrid exploration RPG + shooter.
Doujin GameRole-PlayingExecutable Filewith Music3D artworkwith Trial Version
  • Release: Oct/17/2015
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The XBox 360 Indie Game Marketplace was a very strange place indeed, a place where you could find both hidden gems and utter trainwrecks. Or in the case of Mukago's Undead Syndrome, curiosities that demonstrate little flashes of brilliance within their technical limitations.

Undead Syndrome is a bizarre, surreal trip, and you'll get the feeling this wasn't necessarily by design. The grating sound effects and plastic character models suggest a game that was never properly finished, and yet somehow it works; somehow you find yourself thinking "yep, this is fine, this makes sense".

For all it's noise and weirdness, I kind of love it, and if you're okay with titles like Deadly Premonition, you might find something to like here, too.

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