DoDonPachi Blissful Death Review
- Slick, responsive controls and customizable interface.
- Challenging 'hyper' system to master.
- Six ship configurations alter the gameplay subtly.
- Insane requirements for full completion.
- As always, high device requirements (fourth gen or higher); limits available player base.
- Noticeable vacant smartphone specific mode; 'practice' available though.
DoDonPachi Blissful Death takes you a few years in to the past before the events of Resurrection and puts you in control of the 'dolls' you'll eventually need to destroy; as such it's just as frantic and energetic as the series ever gets and a solid release from bullet-hell developer CAVE.
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While DoDonpachi Blissful Death (or Dai Ou Jou) was the fourth title in the DonPachi series, it was also considered the first true sequel to DoDonPachi. For those on iOS devices, it's CAVE's second release of the series for the platform, and for those following the story of the series this makes it an interesting release as it puts you in control of the very ships and dolls that went on to become your enemies in 'Resurrection'.
The tangled, weaving storyline of the DonPachi series is not an easy one to tease apart if you've not paid attention, but I'll try to summarize. The DonPachi Corps (of which you are apart of) originally recruited its members by having them slaughter masses of their comrades to prove they were the 'best' pilots available to stop a machine-invasion. The commander eventually goes mad, attempting to destroy Earth and is eventually thwarted, with the remaining crew locked away to rot in caves on the moon. This is where Blissful Death kicks off as they've rebuilt and you must defend the colonies on the moon using your piloting skills, boosted by 'dolls' (or slave AI's).
Cue a solid and subtly complex bullet-hell shooter that provides you with several ship configuration variations, including two base types (fast ship, narrow fire range, or slow ship, wide fire range) and three 'dolls' that provide perks to either your ships bullets or lasers.
As usual you're thrown up against hideously ridiculous odds, albeit with a lot of firepower at your disposal. Chain-kills provide you with more points, while a 'hyper' bar can be built up, resulting in the ability to collect up to five tokens that act as a form of ultimate weapon. Subtle touches such as bullets actually becoming *faster* after activating the mode offset any reduction in difficulty this weapon provides, though players can reset things with a bomb or two.
So basically, it's everything you've come to expect of a CAVE release, albeit without the iPhone specific tweaks that made earlier releases so much more fun to delve in to. Almost nothing is lost in this translation of the title - the game is as smooth and beautiful as ever - though as always the price for this is a fourth-gen or higher iDevice requirement.
If you love the DonPachi series, or CAVE games in general, there's definitely no reason to miss this release - it's not as nuanced as Resurrection, but it's no less complex or insanely fun for being the older title.
Description### Game Overview ###
The famous DoDonPachi Blissful Death (DoDonPachi Dai Ou Jou) is now back for the first time in 10 years! The legendary shooters is now available for all on iOS.
This port now consists with exhilarating combo and hyper systems but will you be able to dodge and survive the ultimate bullet hell?
*This application will only consist the arcade version.
### Premium Version ###
●6 different types of ships with 4 different difficulty levels to select
Combination of ships A or B with three Elemental Dolls (Shotia, Leinyan, EXY) each with distinctive characters can be used. 4 levels of difficulty levels enables wide range of players from beginners to experts to experience the all "DoDonPachi" world!
●Well known combo system for DoDonPachi Series
Added with the hyper system, the original combo attacks have now reached to another level. Use the combo system efficiently to reach the high scores!
●Practice Mode available
Use this feature to practice and aim for the best!
●Introducing “Custom Edit” Feature
“Custom Edit” feature allows players to customize various aspects of the game to make for a more exciting gameplay.
Players can customize the game with in-app purchases. Some of the customizations available are: “EVASION SUPPORT” which makes it easier to dodge opponents’ bullets, “SHOT BOOST” which lets you start the game with a powerful weapon and “BEE LICENSE” which gives you a special pass to the second round which normally can only be accessed by beating the hardest mode.
※Some of the customizations are available as in-app purchases.
●Versatility just for the Smartphone version
Controls adapted to the iPhone feature slide controls for comfortable play! Dash and weave through Bullet Heaven!
Use the option menu to change multiple settings of the game.
●Compatible with GAMECENTER! Check the online rankings!
Rankings are available for every types of ships and Elemental Dolls.
Complete with players from around the world!
Go for a full achievement list!
### Important ###: Please read the following before downloading this application.
●Compatibility: iPhone4 or later, iPod touch 4thGen. or later and iPad2 or later.
●Compatible OS: iOS 4.3 or later.
●This application will use mass volume of memory. Please note the application may not function properly or shutdown without any notice when used with limited memory space.
●Turning ON the accessibility option setting may cause malfunctions in certain features.