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 Post subject: Finding unknown IOS Shmups
PostPosted: Mon Dec 03, 2018 7:22 pm 


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Hello all

For various reasons my shmupping is restricted to 15 mins or so of either Switch or IOS action these days (Real Life, say no more)

One of my current favourite activities is to trawl through various forums or search on the App Store for shmups that nobody really has picked up on, and have no ratings nor reviews at all.

This is great when they are free, but when they cost money, sometimes its an instant 99p/c or whatever down the drain if they are patently crap.

Anyway, looked for a topic on this but there didn't seem to be one. Not your top 20 that keep popping up on everybody's lists, but the unknown

Here are my "gems" I unearthed this week that I see mentioned nowhere else:

Missile Dancer
Image Striker 2
Moon Striker

All by the same chap, pretty basic graphics, but accomplished gameplay, riffing off other classic titles (Rayforce, Image Fight, Soukugerentai amongst others).

Really surprisingly polished and worth picking up.

I also didn't know there was a bunch of what look like Touhou knockoffs available as well - about 7 of them at last count.


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 Post subject: Re: Finding unknown IOS Shmups
PostPosted: Mon Dec 03, 2018 8:22 pm 


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I've been playing one on iOS called Air Strike Pacific War WWII that's sort of a 1943-like, where you can replay stages to get 3 stars (meeting specific criteria), etc. It's decent enough, though a bit grindy.

Also, good to see you around these parts!
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 Post subject: Re: Finding unknown IOS Shmups
PostPosted: Mon Dec 03, 2018 10:08 pm 


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thank you fro! Just downloading

I generally despise grindiness and walled off abilities. Metroid got it right, rewarding players skilled enough to get to those abilities. Other games just make you wait and wait and wait.

Let give it a go though :)

edit:hmmmm not finding it under that name, a few different air strike named games


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 Post subject: Re: Finding unknown IOS Shmups
PostPosted: Tue Dec 04, 2018 8:43 pm 



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Tried to find it as well, and failed. Looks like the name "Air Strike" is loaded with a lot of garbage, so the search doesn't work well.


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 Post subject: Re: Finding unknown IOS Shmups
PostPosted: Wed Dec 05, 2018 8:51 pm 


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Posted this in another thread before. I have no idea if it's on iOS since I am not an Apple person, but the android port of Twin Cobra was not the dumpster fire I was expecting. Sure, there's missing animation frames, the BGM loops are way off, and there don't seem to be any extends at all, but it otherwise moves/scrolls smoothly and is very faithful to AC, touch-controls aside.


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 Post subject: Re: Finding unknown IOS Shmups
PostPosted: Thu Dec 06, 2018 12:15 am 


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Air Strike Pacific Warfare WWII is actually listed as: 1942 Classic Arcade.

It literally has the first title on the game's title screen but the second (after the colon) as the App Store listing title.
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 Post subject: Re: Finding unknown IOS Shmups
PostPosted: Thu Dec 06, 2018 8:51 am 


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really enoying Twin Cobra on the train

edit: and air strike/1942 on the train back home again


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