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your spaceship has been westinghoused

Teslapunk is a new game for mobile where Nikola Tesla has to save the world, shoot-em-up style. The heavy vintage graphics are by Thorsten Fleisch who is no stranger to metafilter. He also did the music. It doesn't get more indie than this. [more inside]
posted by namagomi on Aug 19, 2013 - 5 comments

Score Rush MP, an HTML5 Multiplayer Shmup

Xona Games have ported their Xbox Live Indie Games bullet hell shoot-em-up Score Rush to HTML5 — with multiplayer included!
posted by archagon on Nov 17, 2012 - 28 comments

No quarters needed - the graphics already have more than 8 bits!

Battle for Asciion [Flash] is an old school shoot 'em up in the vein of R-Type and Gradius, with an additional nod to ROFLcopter. Viewable in your choice of black-and-green, black-and-amber or black-and-white displays, along with a Textshotâ„¢ function for preserving those 1337 moments.
posted by Smart Dalek on Apr 27, 2012 - 8 comments

Con brio

Violinist plays the music and sound effects of NES games. Donkey Kong. Dragon Quest III. Super Mario Bros 3. [more inside]
posted by ersatz on Feb 20, 2011 - 14 comments

So...got some time to kill?

Courtesy of the indiegames.com weblog, the top 10 indie games of 2010 in a variety of categories:
posted by juv3nal on Jan 14, 2011 - 27 comments

Bossmonsters and BPMs

Open Tyrian OpenTyrian is a port of the DOS shoot-em-up Tyrian (previously). The port uses SDL, making it easily cross-platform. Builds are available for Windows and Mac OS X [... and] for Android, Amiga, Dingoo, Dreamcast, DS, GameCube, Gizmondo, GP2X, GP32, Nokia Internet Tablets, PSP, PS3 Linux, Symbian, Wii, and Wiz
posted by kid ichorous on Jan 8, 2011 - 21 comments

Prepare to die. A lot.

Hydorah is a delicious shump inspired by the likes of "Gradius, Castlevania or R-Type, but also from other classics treated worse by the time: Turrican, Enforcer, Space Manbow, Hellfire, Guardian, Hydefos, Armalyte and many others...". Also, "There is a single dificulty level, based on the 80's standards." Translation: try not to cry on your keyboard. [Windows] [via Destructoid]
posted by threetoed on Jun 7, 2010 - 35 comments

GENETOS

GENETOS is the history of Shoot-em-ups in a single game. Take on everything ranging from Space Invaders-like aliens to 21st Century bullet hell. Power up your craft (by collecting green and blue bits and blobs) with innovations like slow-motion, super bombs, lock-on lasers, and the ability to move vertically. (Windows only) [more inside]
posted by CrunchyFrog on May 2, 2010 - 10 comments

Who's the Boss? You Are.

There are lots of bullet hell shmups out there. But have you ever wished you could play one as the boss? Now you can.
posted by Marisa Stole the Precious Thing on Apr 14, 2010 - 19 comments

Artificial Intelligence?

Hell is Other People [more inside]
posted by flatluigi on Oct 19, 2009 - 61 comments

Luke Paakh makes some lovely flash games

Particlasm is home to the browser games of Luke Paakh. He first caught my attention with fine space shoot'em-up Ether War but I also enjoyed his other games, shooter Ether Cannon, tree defending games Phoenix and Shen Long, puzzle game blue and petri dish action game Amoeba. His new game is my favorite. It's called William and Sly and it's a beautiful platformer is about an adorable fox who likes mushrooms and his quest to recharge some runestones with fairyflies.
posted by Kattullus on Oct 9, 2009 - 9 comments

lots of pews, but this ain't no church.

Pixelvader = minimal vector graphics bullet hell shmup flash game with upgrading system.
posted by juv3nal on Jul 28, 2009 - 19 comments

Indie game of the week: Alien Deathmatch 2

Alien Breed + arena shooter + online highscores = Alien Deathmatch 2. Windows only.
posted by pancreas on Dec 18, 2008 - 7 comments

Friday Flash: Areas

After playing Areas, I now feel the world needs more no-click ambient shmups. [via] [more inside]
posted by Plutor on Dec 28, 2007 - 29 comments

Bomb bomb! Da nananana da da!

1812 Shmupfilture. Sure, it could be better, but somehow I think this is the only time I'll see Tchaikovsky mashed up with Ikaruga. @
posted by BlackLeotardFront on Jul 19, 2007 - 8 comments

Vectorriffic shmuptastic fractalronic

Fans of the modern classic shooter Warning Forever will be pleased with the latest game from Cactus Software, Fractal Fighter. Also try Cactus' last game, Clean Asia, a truly unique shooter that's so hard you'll cry like a baby. Via the excellent Shoot the Core, where you can also get that Thunderforce shirt you've been wanting.
posted by BlackLeotardFront on Jun 30, 2007 - 14 comments

GridWars 2

GridWars 2 is superlative shooty thing for Windows; download here.
posted by riotgrrl69 on Sep 7, 2006 - 26 comments

Bullet Philharmonic Orchestra

Bullet Philharmonic Orchestra. A barebones, vector shooter for PC ala Kenta Cho's made for practicing bullet dodging in manic scrolling shooters, which generates bullet patterns based on the music playing(found here (previously)). Think a very, very poor man's Rez. Here's the download link if, like me, you can't read Japanese. (about 1 megabyte, Windows only, sorry) Further instructions inside the file and comments.
posted by BlackLeotardFront on Dec 8, 2005 - 7 comments

SHMUPS!

SHMUPS! aka 2D Scrolling Shoot-em-ups. Shmups.com is dedicated to this classic genre, from ancient history (Space Invaders, Tempest) to grandfather games (R-Type II, 1941) to golden age shmups (Tyrian, Blazing Star) to modern classics (Radiant Silvergun, Mars Matrix, Ikaruga). Most aren't for the PC, unfortunately, but that's what Mame and other emulators (mac too) are for. As for roms, can't help you there. For PC enthusiasts, Shoot the Core's PC Shmup listing is the most complete I've ever seen, with many links to download as well. This Thanksgiving weekend, what better to do in your food coma than sit back and blast through a few games in the most enduring video game genre of all time? *CAUTION! These sites took up five hours of my time last night and I downloaded 42 games.*
posted by BlackLeotardFront on Nov 23, 2005 - 33 comments

Girls do their best now and are preparing.

The Touhou, or Shrine Maiden, series of "curtain fire shooting games" start off challenging and quickly become hard enough to satisfy any hardcore gamer/masochist. They're also gorgeously crafted works of art, and were created in their entirety by one man, ZUN. If you want to play them you'll have to import them* from Japan, but you can download the demos here.
* site sells naughty things as well. Don't order at work.
posted by squidlarkin on Feb 1, 2005 - 10 comments

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