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PostPosted: Wed Jul 02, 2008 8:39 am    Post subject: casual shmups Reply with quote

Note - I thought shmups had completely died out as a viable game to develop i.e. nobody buys them any more. However, they do still exist in a commercial form on casual portals of all places. I think they've quietly invented a new shmup sub-genre though. From the ones I've tried they have these characteristics: 1. very pretty 2. super easy 3. very very long 4. you get powered up straight away 5. shallow.

http://www.bigfishgames.com/download-games/genres/24/shooter.html

Astro Avenger, Bugatron, Star Defender, Chicken Invaders - have all had multiple releases and been in the top ten on various portals. Not that they were big hits, but a shmup in a portal top10 at all is interesting.

Playing Astro Avenger, it has that zoned out, not really concentrating on what I'm doing, relaxed kind of vibe - which is presumably why it works on a portal. Playing something like Demonstar is just way more intense and adrenalin pumping, but you can still zone out it just takes more concentration and skill to get there.
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