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shmups – in search of Space Monsters

iPad shoot em ups “shmups”

I think my geekish enthusiasm is spilling over in to slightly worrying obsessional territory. But all the same there is no single genre of game that thrills me more than the good old “shmup”.

screenshotThere are so many variations to the shoot em up and I love them all. My particular favourite the so-called “manic shooter” (you’ll see this listed as anything from Chaos Shooter to Bullet Hell gaming) stands out as the purest a video gaming experience could be. When it’s done well its kaleidoscope-like presentation just sucks me in and grips me to the point that I might as well be strapped in to my own fighter and battling my way through hordes of mechanical monstrosities.

So I figured it’s a subject so dear to me it deserves its own page.
The link is at the top of the page.

If I’ve missed a game (and I most certainly will have missed many) then please add it to the comments. I’m determined to expand my list of shoot em ups on the iPad. It’s part of the reason I got the thing :-)

Note: the scores alongside each game are my own view and nothing at all to do with Apple or Apple’s feedback leaving user-base.

List of iPad shoot em ups

I have a small collection of shoot em ups on iPad. I have to say they’re all fantastic but a couple really stand out. Phoenix and Icarus-X in particular are a real thrill to play. Don Pachi is always excellent. Not all titles are specific to iPad but all play well on the larger screen.
I’d love it if ESP RaDe and Under Defeat made it to iPad some day.
Please help me add to my list. If you know of a cracking iOS shmup let me know.

Air Attack HD
Do Don Pachi
Infinity Field
Lightning Fighter
Sky Combat
Sky Force
Space Falcon

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