|Project Blank, Amusement Makers||Shoot 'em up||23.3 MB||Click here to download|
Samidare is a vertical shooter by Project Blank featuring fairly bland sprites yet imaginative use of bullet patterns. The demo only showcases one level but there are two boss encounters to test your bullet-dodging skills.
Bosses have a few attack patterns, each triggered after taking a certain amount of damage. Projectiles come thick and fast, so it's not surprising that your ship will often be trapped with no room to maneuver around the bullets. Fortunately shields can be activated by pressing the X key, although it does consume your energy as indicated at the bottom left of the screen.
When taking hits with your shields activated, the strength of your firepower increases depending on the number of bullets you absorbed. Particularly useful during boss battles as they can be slightly difficult to defeat at times.
|Sandy Evolution||Kurt Waldowski, David Sleboda||Shoot 'em up||12.8 MB||Click here to download|
Sandy Evolution is a horizontal shooter in which players can collect fragments and pieces of the enemies they defeat to evolve into a stronger creature. This effect only lasts for a couple of seconds, forcing the players to change forms constantly and not just stick to the strongest ability throughout the entire game.
|Scramble||Harold Thijssen||Shoot 'em up||0.25 MB||Click here to download|
Harold Thijssen's remake of Scramble essentially plays the same as Konami's horizontal shooter classic, though the author has included a couple of new surprises to go with the gamepad support and an option to continue when all ships are lost.
Tap the left control key to shoot, and press the alt key to drop a bomb. Destroy fuel tanks to increase your own supply. There are twelve stages in total, and the current loop is shown by the indicator located at the bottom right of the screen.
(mature content, nudity)
|cactus||Shoot 'em up||5.72 MB||Click here to download|
Seizuredome is a new remake of Unholy Stage, the arena shooter released by cactus back in 2007. The objective of the game is to stay away the edge of the screen, which can be rather complicated when enemies are attempting to push you off the suspended platform at every opportunity.
Use the cursor keys to move, and hold the left mouse button to shoot. Right click for an alternate firing method, applicable to all weapons available for acquisition from vanquished enemies.
|Self Destruct||Terry Cavanagh, distractionware, Annabelle Kennedy||Shoot 'em up||2.33 MB||Click here to download|
Self Destruct is a vertical shooter with randomly generated enemy patterns. Gameplay revolves around the shield, where players can absorb most of the bullets heading their way and use them to power their own gun. Nukes can also be used to clear the screen of all enemies and bullets. The goal of the game is to survive for 250 enemy waves.
An online highscore table included, which is available in-game by pressing left or right in the menu.
|Shikigami No Shiro|
|Alfa System||Shoot 'em up||38.1 MB||Click here to download|
Shikigami no Shiro is a vertical shooter by Alfa System that features gorgeous 3D backgrounds and the classic gameplay that everyone expects out of a shmup. A lot of effort has gone into making this game and it shows.
Press the return key to pause the game, and alt-Enter to play in full screen mode. The sequel is available for download as well.
|Shikigami No Shiro II|
|Alfa System||Shoot 'em up||17.2 MB||Click here to download|
Shikigami no Shiro II is another shooter from Japan that features gorgeous 3D backgrounds and the classic gameplay that everyone expects out of a shmup. A lot of effort has gone into making this game and it shows.
Press the return key to pause the game, and alt-Enter to play in full screen mode. Sorry to disappoint but the demo only features 2 levels. The prequel is available for download as well.
|Shikigami No Shiro III|
|Alfa System||Shoot 'em up||73.9 MB||Click here to download|
Shikigami No Shiro III is a vertical shooter with great 3D graphics but slightly underwhelming boss encounters, not counting the last one. Plenty of characters to choose from, each with their own unique standard and special shots.
The full package includes a simultaneous two player mode, adjustable difficulty level, voice work for cutscenes, vibration and even tate for players with a monitor capable of such video output. Alfa System had outdone themselves this time to deliver an excellent shmup but with a high retail price and only five stages it is a difficult purchase to recommend.
For the best experience, choose full screen for window size and normal 3 or vertical 3 for screen mode. Scroll all the way down and click on the red button to download the 73MB trial version.
|Shine-Shine Galaxy||Pixel||Shoot 'em up||0.22 MB||Click here to download|
Shine-Shine Galaxy is an alright shooter in the style of Space Invaders, the result of a collaboration between Pixel of Cave Story fame and BA2. You have a limited number of missiles to launch and hitting as many enemies as possible with a single ammunition is an important skill to master for a high score. Gain enough points to access a hidden portion of the game.
|Shining Blood||Teasoft||Shoot 'em up||82.2 MB||Click here to download|
Shining Blood is a mech combat game with five stages to play in the main campaign and a versus mode that is limited to duels with the computer AI only. There are up to six robots and tanks that you can choose from, either as your main vehicle or as support to help you out in the heat of a battle. The objective of the game is basically to clear the entire area of enemies before proceeding to the exit area that will appear somewhere on the map. New weapons can also be unlocked by trading in the red ores you've collected during your skirmish.
You will need to have the XNA Framework and .NET Framework 2.0 installed to play Shining Blood. A trial version is also available from the Xbox LIVE marketplace. The game shouldn't be too hard to beat if you choose your frames and weapons wisely for the challenges ahead.