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Vacant Ark  
BusterShoot 'em up9.83 MBClick here to download
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Vacant Ark is a strange departure from standard horizontal shooters, featuring excellent sprite designs by Buster but employing a slightly awkward gameplay system. You can only store and use up to six bullets at any time, although this supply can be replenished by collecting blue gems from vanquished enemies.

You lose all your energy stock if an enemy bullet grazes your on-screen character. A life is lost if you have no energy left when receiving damage. Your pod can also turn enemy bullets into gems when not in use for a few seconds.

Each end level boss requires a different strategy to beat. Some weapons are more effective in certain situations. You can only progress to the next zone if none of the bosses escape.

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Val and Rick
Kenta Cho, ABA GamesShoot 'em up2.04 MBClick here to download

Val and Rick is probably the precursor to Gunroar, featuring similar controls but in a different environment. Only 2D sprites and backgrounds are used in what seems like a tribute to Xevious and Star Soldier.

It could be a prototype but the game is pretty much complete and bug free. No information page was ever made for it either. Press the Z key to shoot and hold down the X key to fix the direction of your aim.

A power-up icon in the shape of a tiny ship named Rick will appear if you collect enough blue orbs from defeated enemies, which is indicated at the bottom left of the screen. This will cause your ship to go into hyperdrive, that is until all energy is spent or your spacecraft takes damage from enemy bullets. Each successful hyperdrive attempt increases the counter by another hundred.

The X key can also be used to drop bombs on grounded objects. Tap the P key to pause. The closer your ship is to the top of the screen, the faster it scrolls.

Varia  
KairosShoot 'em up15.6 MBClick here to download

Varia is a new vertical shooter from Kairos, featuring four playable levels and a combination of influences from several classic shmups. Rotating powerups can be collected using the Cho Ren Sha 68K method, while options can absorb and mimic enemy attacks.

Hold the Z key to shoot, and use the X key to freeze options in their places. Tap the C key to free the ability of the currently selected option.

Instructions/walkthrough

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Vatn Squid
Ted LauterbachShoot 'em up7.60 MBClick here to download
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Vatn Squid is a vertical shooter that features only boss battles, created by Ted Lauterbach during Game Jolt's Weekend Jam event. Players take control of a ship that can shield itself at the press of a button, and if you collect enemy bullets during this short period of invincibility your super weapon is charged up as well.

There are only ten bosses to beat, which means that arcade veterans should be able to complete the entire mission in one sitting. Others might need a couple more tries, although the game isn't as difficult as the bullet patterns would suggest at first.

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VAX11
IsshikiShoot 'em up1.19 MBClick here to download

Vax-11 is probably the best example of how a shmup from the Pong era would look like. Done entirely using ASCII, it has everything you'd expect to see in a Japanese freeware shooter.

Power-ups, bombs, good frame rates, end level bosses, they're all there.

Veck
Ayden WolfShoot 'em up2.39 MBClick here to download

Veck is the latest in a line of Geometry Wars clone for the PC. Graphics are great, the effects are mesmerizing, plus the enemy ships have their own specific behaviors and attack patterns.

Using directional firing is advised, although a joypad is still the best choice for these sort of games. You can guide your ship towards a corner to survive for the first five minutes, but it's not such a safe haven when the portals begin to appear.

A new type of enemy is introduced every minute, and your ship gets a weapon upgrade when that happens. You will be rewarded with the ability to fire hundreds of bullets per second for lasting at least ten minutes in the game. Shields automatically regenerate over time.

Veck Special Edition  
Ayden WolfShoot 'em up1.67 MBClick here to download

Veck Special Edition is the latest in a line of Geometry Wars clone for the PC. Graphics are great, the effects are mesmerizing, plus the enemy ships have their own specific behaviors and attack patterns.

Using directional firing is advised, although a joypad is still the best choice for these sort of games. You can guide your ship towards a corner to survive for the first five minutes, but it's not such a safe haven when the portals begin to appear.

A new type of enemy is introduced every minute, and your ship gets a weapon upgrade when that happens. You will be rewarded with the ability to fire hundreds of bullets per second for lasting at least ten minutes in the game. Shields automatically regenerate over time.

Vector Scramble
Gernot FrischShoot 'em up0.28 MBClick here to download

Vector Scramble is a decent remake of Konami's classic horizontal shooter, featuring vector shapes instead of 2D sprites which were found in the original. Mouse controls have been implemented for this release, while flickers can be turned off by pressing the F key.

Scroll the mouse wheel to zoom in or out. Destroy tanks to replenish your fuel supply. Watch out for narrow passages, walls and ceilings. The 1981 version was recognized officially as the first game in the Gradius series.

Vectro
Jesse VenbruxShoot 'em up1.16 MBClick here to download

Vectro is a small 2D vertical shooter created by Jesse Venbrux in under three hours. Your weapon switches automatically every few seconds, and players can restore some of the ship's health by collecting the green power-up from a defeated boss.

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Virtual
VectorGamesShoot 'em up1.68 MBClick here to download

Virtual by Vector Games is a shooter with a mix of gameplay elements from Japanese shmups, Every Extend and Tron. Hard to imagine, but pretty fun nonetheless. When pressing the left control key, your ship will warp and create a small circle. Any round objects with the same color caught in it will basically go offline and disappear.

Enemies leave trails when traveling, and your ship will be terminated if it crosses these lines with another color. Press the left shift key to change your ship's color. Lives are replaced with logins, which can be acquired by using the same warp action on square objects.

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