Flying Red Barrel, a sky pirate-themed shoot-’em-up from the people behind QP Shooting and Sugiri, comes to Steam on June 19.
The Thunder Force AC Switch release will be another addition to the console’s impressive library of shmups when it launches in the West on May 28.
Black Bird combines frantic shmup action with a dark, surreal fairy tale that’s unflinching in its takedown of capitalism. Sublime.
Ikaruga is one of the best-known bullet hell shoot ’em ups, and the Switch port gives it a new lease on life. It’s famous for its difficulty, but the way Ikaruga finds depth and meaning in its challenge is what makes it truly brilliant.
Ghost Blade HD goes back to the roots of the bullet hell genre, and what it lacks in originality it makes up for in polish.
Drifting Lands is a creative blend of action RPG and shoot ’em up, and though it has its flaws, it makes a compelling argument for the genre mashup.