-- BARRAGE --
Barrage is a danmaku (literally "curtain fire") shoot 'em up.
Danmaku games are known for their extremely dense and difficult bullet patterns. Although Barrage contains only one enemy (the "boss"), it absolutely refuses to die, throwing a good 21 different attack patterns at you before finally exploding. (assuming, of course, you don't die first)
In addition, the game features three difficulty levels so that the inexperienced can get a good introduction to the genre while keeping the challenge for the veterans out there. Those new to the genre may consider starting on easy; those with experience can feel free to jump in with Normal (or even Hard).
In order to actually make the games possible, most danmaku games employ small hitboxes -- in Barrage, the area where you can get hit is literally 2 pixels by 2 pixels - the small dot in the center of your ship. In addition, bullets tend to move slower than in traditional shooters... These details make the game possible, but it's still by no means easy.
The attack patterns themselves are often works of art, beautiful, and ultimately deadly.
Finally, the game comes with extra features such as practice mode and the ability to import your own music to listen to while playing.
Arrow keys: move
Z or Ctrl: shoot
Shift [hold]: slow mode (very important for precise movement through dense, slow-moving bullet streams)
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-- MIRROR --
You may not know exactly how dense I mean when I say "dense". A picture is worth a couple thousand words. (click to enlarge)
Note: All of the screenshots were taken on the Normal difficulty! So these screenshots actually only represent about 70% of the maximum bullet stream you'll encounter. Good luck.
Please enjoy and leave comments!
Edited by random, 28 February 2008 - 03:52 AM.