Mushihimesama BUG PANIC Review
- Bullet-hell meets twin-stick gaming.
- Fun, risk/reward weapon system.
- Detailed sprite-based environments, characters and effects.
- Easy to get turned about on large maps.
- Difficulty level only offset by adding more lives when you die.
Mushihimesama BUG PANIC goes out on a creative limb, but fans won't be dissapointed as they're given plenty of bullets to dodge while dispensing justice to bugs with a unique weapon system.
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PLEASE NOTE: Mushihimesama BUG PANIC is currently restricted to 3rd gen or higher iDevices; please ensure that your device is compatible before purchasing this title.
Mushihimesama BUG PANIC by CAVE is the third in a series of titles following the adventures of Reco, a princess that has a telepathic link to the bugs of the Shinju Forest. In typical fashion for the developer, the first two titles were vertical shoot'em-ups, however this latest title takes a risk as it departs from the regular formula to add a fresh new twist on to the twin-stick shooter gameplay.
While players can control the movement of Reco with one stick, the other controls her rather unique weapon that doesn't follow the usual aim-to-fire system of other twin-sticks. Instead, it provides a reticule that can lock on to three separate targets and can be freely moved around the princess while charging up the weapon for more powerful attacks. Once deployed, small bombs are flung at the targets, turning the enemy in to an equivalent of the explosion used to kill them and potentially setting off a large chain-reaction of kills.
The game is viewed in a top-down perspective and features all the skill and attention to detail common to CAVE games, with the environment acting as a restriction to the movements of Reco as she attempts to dodge the 'bullets' sent in her direction. This gives the game a risk-versus-reward system as you choose to either deploy weaker bombs to clear out threats immediately, or wait longer to rack up huge bonuses. As each of the five worlds are cleared out an 'endless' mode is unlocked and a secondary 'puzzle' can also be completed if you can find all of the secret hidden bonuses for each level.
BUG PANIC is a clever and well-considered blending of forms that stays true to heart of CAVE's shmup catalog while breaking out of this limited repertoire. Mushihimesama BUG PANIC is fun, challenging and addictive, making it a definite must try title.
Description### Mushihimesama BUG PANIC ###
A bomb-throwing bug-busting action game based on the legendary arcade shooter series "Mushihimesama"!
A mysterious voice, and a mysterious girl..what's going on in Shinju Forest?? Reco's adventure begins now!
Use three different types of seed bombs to bring peace back to the insect kingdom!
### Praise for Mushihimesama BUG PANIC ###
"...thanks to some truly great controls, challenging boss battles and endearing graphics and music, CAVE have done it again… I’m hooked."
""I'm happy to report that Bug Panic meets the high expectations of a CAVE title, offering a fun and unique adventure that's perfectly suited to the platform."
"It's insanely hard at times, but Mushihimesama Bug Panic is also one of the best two‐stick shooters on the iPhone."
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### GAME FEATURES ###
● THREE BUG SMASHING GAME MODES
Adventure - Enjoy an original comic-book story set after the events of Mushihimesama Futari
Score Trials - Includes two intense BUG PANIC score attack modes. Levels are added as you clear worlds in Adventure Mode!
Bug Battle - NEW - Swarm your friends over Bluetooth and Wi-fi! 2P competitive bug panic!
● ORIGINAL BGM for a new Mushihimesama World
● Enough bullets to satisfy any shooter fan! Dodge through the bullet storm!
● CONTROL OPTIONS
Controls adapted to the iPhone: three different types of controls to choose from! Switch auto-bomb ON and OFF!
Switch Attack Modes!
● GAME CENTER
Compatible with Game Center! Rankings compatible with each game mode and achievements to unlock!
Compete with friends across the world for high scores! Beat challenges in-game to unlock achievements and brag to your friends.
Go for a full achievement list!
● Jigsaw puzzle minigame included! Unlock a beautiful illustration by Mushihimesama Futari illustrator "HACCAN"!
### IMPORTANT ### : For those about to purchase this application, please read the below before purchasing.
This game will only run on iPhone4, iPhone 3GS, iPod touch 3rd Generation and up (iOS 4.1 and up), and iPad devices (iOS 4.3 and up).
※iPhone3G, 1st Gen iPod touch, 2nd Gen iPod touch (Late 2009, End 2009 8GB) are not compatible.
※If you are unsure whether your device is compatible with the application, please download the LITE version and confirm that it works on your device.
※Since this application uses a significant amount of memory, it is possible that it will crash when device memory is low. If this happens, please consult our Support Page.
※Turning the expand/shrink accessibility function "ON" may interfere with in-game play.
※If you have trouble with Game Center matching, please verify that the Multiplayer Option is set to ON in your device Settings -> General -> Restrictions -> Multiplayer.