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Send in the cats!


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Neko Navy
$9.80 / 1,080 JPY  >> $7.84 20% OFF  / 864 JPY
Flying cats vs. 10,000 mascots! (side-scrolling shooting game)
ShooterEXEInc. MusicComike91
  • Release: Jan/19/2017
  • DL: 5

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Neko Navy is a bullet hell-style STG where you, as one of three selectable cats, set off to fight 10,000 mascots(!). With three selectable difficulty levels for 7 stages, there is a lot to enjoy for beginners and experts.

The game has a straightforward scoring system revolving around the bombs/special attacks and the icons you collect to activate them, with a good risk/reward balance. Shooting and destroying enemies releases the icons, with a bonus available for destroying them close-up or point-blank. High scores unlock continues.
The three cats provide three different playing styles and special attacks, though all work well at all difficulty levels. It's worth pointing out that the game moves faster than the usual bullet hell-type STG, and at higher difficulties and later levels, it does resemble one.

The graphics style is cartoony, with a surreal vibe as the game progresses. The soundtrack is diverse but appropriate for each stage,and available with the purchase! One sound effect is worth noting-your cat mews each time it gets hit, a good incentive not to do so. Furthermore, each cat has a very different mew, giving them a humorous touch of character.

I highly recommend this game for its easy-to-pick-up gameplay and overall style, with the three difficulty levels providing ample challenge for everyone. A very generous demo is available from DeathMofuMofu's website if you want to check it out before buying.

Buying the game also provides you with a sort of game design sketchbook from DeathMofuMofu which is quite fun to look at.

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Difficult-but-recommended Darius/Gradius hybrid


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$0.98 / 108 JPY  >> $0.78 20% OFF  / 86 JPY
SPRITE's side-scrolling shoot-em-up is 100% deep sea boss battles.
ShooterEXEInc. Music
  • Release: Apr/19/2016
  • DL: 36
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A port of an old Sharp X68000 shmup released by Sprite, B-System is a 'boss-rush-only' game where you face off against 12 giant mechanized sea life(9 pictured above). As with Darius, the bosses have one mean weak point but also have a few destructible bits which give you power-up icons when destroyed. However, unlike Darius, these icons are used to select a power-up from a Gradius-like bar using the X key/button 2: speed-up, downward-firing missiled, a Gradius-like straight laser, a Darius-like wave shot, options and a 'force'. Weapons can be upgraded multiple times and up to four options can be carried at a time.

However, the game is very difficult at the beginning as you start out completely unpowered. If you've played any Darius game and have had to face a boss without any powerups, you know what to expect. Besides shooting lasers, bullets or destructible missiles at you, bosses will try to crush you against a corner of the screen. The game is kind enough to let you retain your weapons after you lose a life on Easy difficulty, or give you some power-up orbs if you lose a life on Medium (there is no Hard mode; not that the game needs it).

The graphics look good for the game's vintage, with the boss designs being a mix of original and borrowed from the Darius games. While difficult, the game looks and plays well for what it is and will be enjoyed by gamers who grew up on these types of games, gamers who are familiar with the shmups and their history, or gamers who just like the look of Darius-style bosses.

This release of the game runs fine on Windows XP, 7 and 10. On starting up the game you are thrown directly into the action and should press ESC to access the title screen and options menu. Somewhat confusingly, some options are available only in the menu and some only on the menu bar on top.

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