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Pickup!Old school arcade style shooter!

Oct/05/2010   By GrowcianReviewer Rank: Top 50

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Til Sep. 22, noon (JST) HISYOU-GUMI
SPRITE
$2.90 / 324 JPY  >> $1.45 50% OFF  / 162 JPY | 15pt (10% back)
Check out this nifty full-voice shooting game from SPRITE!
GameShooterEXEInc. VoiceInc. MusicTrial
  • Release: Sep/29/2010
  • DL: 22
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Hisyo-gumi is an old school arcade style shooting game featuring a witch as your "ship." Its roots as a classic shooting game shows with its good difficulty progression. Even on the "easy" difficulty, the game can get quite challenging once the player reaches the final stage.

The power up system is reasonable to the player. The player’s attacks increase in power by collecting blue "bubbles" which appear after defeating enemies. After collecting a certain number of them, the player's "shot level" increases and the player character is capable of firing more powerful projectiles. If the player loses one life, the player is not penalized too much for dying and is powered down only just a little bit to give the player a chance to come back from a mistake.

There are five stages in the game. Since this is an arcade-style game, it is meant to be played in short bursts with the intent of achieving the high score. While the player can get a large number of lives in the form of continues, the score will be reset to zero if the player chooses to continue after losing all lives.

The difficulty, the number of lives, and the number of continues can be changed in the options menu.

The one feature which is easy to miss with all the bullets flying across the screen is the comical nature of the characters in the game. If you concentrate on the cute animation and characters, you'll get hit by bullets. If you concentrate on playing the game well, you'll miss what makes the characters a pleasure to watch.

This game was originally made in 1997. (The included documentation will tell you this.) Its supported resolutions are 320x240 and 640x480. The game supports both windowed mode and full screen mode but doesn't support widescreen monitors for full screen mode. Don't expect much in terms of features. ^^;

Hisyo-gumi is highly recommended for players looking to play an old school arcade style shooting game. It's a well-made game and a lot of fun.

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Sweet

Sep/20/2010   By ThePsychoSheepReviewer Rank: Top 50

2 user(s) found this review helpful.

English Ver. Water Leaves - Big tree of Mizugami - (Language: English)
FoxEye
$14.52 / 1,620 JPY | 150pt (10% back)
An action game where you go off on adventures in the water.
GameActionEXEInc. VoiceInc. Music3DCGTrialProtected
  • Release: Mar/08/2010
  • DL: 148
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Absolutely great game

This is a really great underwater exploration game.

Al tough it resembles Fox Eye's Blue Port by game mechanics there are some new interesting features

One thing was the new Item collecting option.While exploring you will find certain materials that require you to bring them back to Town..Then you will give them to Lorile(One of the characters) and in return she will create a new item,medicine or even an entire new costume.Most of these forged items will open up new areas for exploration

The graphics are not one of the best but still look great for a low polygon render.The underwater environments and level design are unique.The character portraits are well drawn

The story and setting is interesting but not one of the most memorable

Overall fans who love exploring big environments with mysteries and danger..underwater I think they will like this game very much and is worth downloading.The full game features even bonus material 8D!

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Pickup!Action Shooting RPG with a Language Barrier

Aug/31/2010   By GrowcianReviewer Rank: Top 50

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Til Sep. 22, noon (JST) Sayurin the Witch's Magical Quest
chinchillasofthouse
$0.96 / 108 JPY  >> $0.48 50% OFF  / 54 JPY | 5pt (10% back)
Shooting game / action RPG in one!
GameRPGEXEInc. VoiceInc. Music
  • Release: Jul/08/2010
  • DL: 68
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Sayurin the Witch's Magical Quest [Sayurin] is a 2D shooter *and* an action RPG. The main objective of the game is to look for Sayurin's friend Mai, who was kidnapped.

[Sayurin]'s characters are from [K*non]. It also features brief but hilarious appearances by other famous video game characters. While the game doesn't require the player to have prior knowledge of [K*non], knowing a little something about it does help with solving some puzzles.

The main problem non-Japanese speakers will face when playing [Sayurin] is the language barrier. A large part of the fun with [Sayurin] is solving the clever puzzles which have hints given out by various NPCs or even by Sayurin herself. There are also puzzles which must be solved by reading the contents of a note, and then reading a book to interpret what the note actually means. Without knowing what these characters said or not knowing how to read Japanese, a lot of the fun of playing the game is diminished.

Despite having a language barrier, [Sayurin] is a good game. As stated already, it has clever and interesting puzzles. The game is structured well, so the player can see what kind of progress is being made by 1.) Looking at Sayurin's personal statistics rising and 2.) Seeing how many allies she picks up throughout the course of the adventure. The characters having voices also adds to the charm of the game.

As for the action part, there isn't any intense action. While there's some amount of action involved with eliminating enemies and avoiding physical contact with them, it's not the kind of action which requires lightning fast reflexes or perfect execution. The game is accessible to human beings and not just super heroes.

I would recommend [Sayurin] provided the player interested in playing it has the means to overcome the language barrier and is interested in a cute 2D action RPG.

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Pickup!Deceptively Simple, Yet Very Clever Puzzle Game

Aug/30/2010   By GrowcianReviewer Rank: Top 50

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Til Sep. 22, noon (JST) SILKROAD
SPRITE
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Eat all the fruit and clear the stage! An enjoyable action puzzle game.
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  • Release: Jul/25/2010
  • DL: 17
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Silkroad is an action puzzle platform game.

The main character, Silk, has the ability to perform several actions. She can jump, she can jump on top of enemies, she can stun enemies by hitting them with bubbles, and she can also dissolve a block directly underneath her by - get this - throwing up. Her stomach contents are definitely very strong to be able to do that. XD

The objective of the game is to collect all the fruit in a given stage. Silk can throw up as many times as she has collected fruit. This is a very important game mechanic because the player needs to take into account how high she can jump and how many blocks she can dissolve. If you make a mistake in which order to collect fruit, you won't be able to collect certain ones placed behind or underneath rows and columns of blocks. There's a "suicide" button which will allow you to end the game and restart the level if you get stuck.

While the game appears to be very simple, there's a lot of complexity within the puzzles which will make the player think and then have fun trying to figure out how to solve them. The puzzle levels are extremely clever and it's fairly obvious a lot of thought went into the creation of the game.

There are several game modes - the regular puzzle mode in which the emphasis is on puzzle solving, an action mode in which the emphasis is beating up and/or avoiding hectic enemy attacks while collecting fruit, and a third mode which must be unlocked. There's plenty in this game to keep a player entertained for many hours (assuming the player likes puzzles games).

The in-game menus are in English, so the game is friendly to those who don't read Japanese.

Silkroad is highly recommended for fans of puzzle games and action platform games.

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Pickup!PreCure-ACT gets a customer who is unfamiliar with the show.

Aug/23/2010   By GrowcianReviewer Rank: Top 50

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Til Sep. 22, noon (JST) PR*CURE-ACT
chinchillasofthouse
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Become the cute divine warrior and thwart villainous plans! 2D side-scrolling action game.
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  • Release: Jun/28/2010
  • DL: 21
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Pr*Cure-ACT, or to be more precise, PreCure-ACT, is a side-scrolling 2D doujin action game. For those familiar with Japanese animation, they will recognize the characters are from "Futari wa Purikyua" or "Pretty Cure."

Aside from the names of the two main characters, I knew next to nothing of what Pretty Cure is about at the time of purchase. I didn't buy the game based on the source material. I purchased based on the demo available from the developer's web site. It was more than enough to convince me it's definitely worth upgrading to the full version.

PreCure-ACT perfectly captures the essence of what made games in the 8 and 16-bit console eras fun. The game was designed in a way to make the player initially fail. With a little bit of practice, the player can eventually learn the skills necessary to progress further. There's a lot of satisfaction to be gained from observing one's own playing skills improve. Older games forced players to get better at manipulating the game's physics before they could get anywhere. The fun came from the player conquering the obstacles presented in such games. This is this essence present in PreCure-ACT.

The game's difficulty settings allow a wide range of players to try their hand at the game. Whether the player is a seasoned veteran or is an absolute newbie, there are enough difficulty levels to allow a player of any skill level to play at the appropriate setting.

The game keeps track of the total time played and any items (cards) acquired during previous play. The cards are power up items or extra lives. Once a card is collected, the player can take advantage of the benefits when a new game is started. If the game suddenly becomes too easy to the player because of the acquisition of cards, the difficulty setting can be adjusted to the appropriate level in subsequent play.

Fans of 2D action games definitely need to give PreCure-ACT a chance to win them over. It's a good game, a lot of fun, and highly recommended.

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Pickup!Good for the price

Jun/25/2010   By Melanie G

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Til Sep. 22, noon (JST) Copyright-free sound collection Vol.2 (MP3/59+ tracks)
RP-MUSIC
$11.62 / 1,296 JPY  >> $5.81 50% OFF  / 648 JPY | 60pt (10% back)
The tracks are made for background music use.
SoftwareMusicMP3Inc. MusicTrial
  • Release: Dec/25/2009
  • DL: 31
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For the price I figured "why not". I was surprised by the quality and length of the music. There are quiet a few different sounds, some songs do have a odd vibe to them, but I have found no songs in this pack to be unlikeable. The author wasn't kidding when they said original sounds. There are a few tracks only 30 seconds, but they are nicely looped and are perfect bgm music like the rest of the pack.

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Pickup!easy to pick up, fun shooting game

Jun/01/2010   By jyuichi

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Sayauchi
Champagne
$9.68 / 1,080 JPY | 100pt (10% back)
This is a very hard gun shooting game!
GameShooterEXEInc. Music
  • Release: Sep/24/2009
  • DL: 2
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Sayauchi is a mouse based shooter. Even if you don't know a lick of Japanese, it is quite easy to play. You can click to shoot the baddies, right-click to use a bomb (kill all on screen), or click on Saya to reload your gun. The graphics are top notch, very similar to the batting scenes in Little B*sters, and the music is light and fun. Part of the beauty of sayauchi is each game is fairly short (however long you can last) so its good to play when you don't want to get sucked into a longer title (when waiting for something or such situations). Of course I recommend this for Little B*sters fans but non-fans may also find this fun with its low learning curve and cute art.

This game works fine on Windows 7 64-bit.

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1/800 yamato by etsutan

May/18/2010   By JU52ManReviewer Rank: Top 50

1 user(s) found this review helpful.

Yamato Battleship Paper Craft
etsutan
$20.34 / 2,268 JPY | 210pt (10% back)
Paper craft model of the Yamato battleship, 1/800 scale. Total length about 33cm.
SoftwareOthersPDF
  • Release: Dec/09/2007
  • DL: 3
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A wonderful model, at a very unusual scale, being 1/800 scale. I have many other one eight hundreth scale models, but this model looks by far the most detailed I have ever seen, especially for this scale. I would definately purchase more etsutan models, as they focus on unusual subjects. This is a five star model, even though is very hard to make, it had so many wonderful details, it is amazing! model has every possible detail, as I can not stop admiring how wonderful it is. To shorten it up, the best model I have seen, along with Nagato.

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Pickup!1/400 IJN Nagato

May/14/2010   By JU52ManReviewer Rank: Top 50

1 user(s) found this review helpful.

Nagato Battleship Paper Craft
etsutan
$29.05 / 3,240 JPY | 300pt (10% back)
Paper craft model of the Nagato battleship, 1/400 scale. Total length about 54cm.
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  • Release: Jan/07/2008
  • DL: 5
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The papercraft etsutan 1/400 Nagato is a completely wonderful model. It has many details, including floatplanes and a model stand. Among these wonderful features are the fact that you can make it either a waterline or a full hull model(the reason the stand is included) I would give this model a five star rating, since it also has magnificent color and parts are nicely laid out, and very well organized.

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Very very relaxing :)

Apr/09/2010   By fry69

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TRINITY -Orchestra Side-
FRONTIER CREATE
$11.62 / 1,296 JPY | 120pt (10% back)
Music from Touhou's Seirensen is arranged into orchestral style.
SoftwareMusicMP3Inc. Music
  • Release: Jan/14/2010
  • DL: 1

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The "Trinity" series is a collection of arrangements in 3 different styles: Orchestra (the one I am reviewing) Metal which is the other product on this site and Trance which was only released on the Japanese DLsite.

This album took me by surprise. When I heard the demos on their website of the orchestral arrangements I wasn't really satisfied with the effort put in. But it was that track translated as "In Minato of Spring" that was the real hook of this album. The arrangement is superb a nice blend of Piano and String parts exchanging the relaxing melody. The music also kept me interested with the introduction of a Harp part and a synthesised Trumpet. Then you have the very tranquil beat happening throughout in the background supporting each part and I thought this was really cleverly done on a production level.

The rest of the music is very good however most instrument samples used are just virtual instruments meaning the strings will sound "midi" like in a way. This didn't really disappoint me since the arrangement and ideas kept each track interesting. Other tracks include a "Pirate of the Caribbean" type of arrangement and some Chamber arrangements of your favourite Touhou themes (String music). Again the production is great but I felt the choice of virtual instruments was abit rushed in comparison to virtual synthesisers used in the Western film and television market.

When the Trinity series was brought to my attention I actually brought all the albums on the Japanese Dlsite simply because I couldn't wait for it to show up on Eng Dlsite. "Trinity Trance" is the best album out of the series however it's not available to purchase on this site. But if you want one album from Frontier Create this one will take you by surprise. It's worth picking up if your interested in music arrangements and production.

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