Update, : Iridium added at rank #2.
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Natsuki Chronicles (2019)

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Playstation 4 PC Windows Xbox One

New dramatic horizontal shoot ’em up that takes place in the same setting as Ginga Force. An immersive story that follows protagonist Natsuki. Discover the story of her past as a rookie pilot up to present day with events that are parallel to those in Ginga Force.

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  • shooter
  • shoot
  • horizontal
  • arcade
  • side-scrolling
  • shoot-em-up
  • boss
  • story
  • vertical
  • shoot-ups
  • steadily-paced
  • bullet-hell-type
  • hard-as-heck
  • smoke
  • action

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Iridium (2021)

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PC Windows Nintendo Switch

The distance and time between each attack is consistent with an enemy who travels using Faster than light technology. The World Defence Force must act, with centuries of peace leaving Earth with limited military options Project Iridium is Kickstarted - It's our last, best and only hope. Equipped with inertial dampening for rapid directional turns, protected by high powered shield, outfitted with advanced upgradable weapon systems and an Iridium alloy hull stronger than any other material produced before it.


  • shoot
  • scrolling
  • retro-difficult
  • shooter
  • horizontal
  • shoot-em-up
  • retro
  • multi-part
  • 2d
  • futuristic
  • play
  • bullet-hell
  • vertical
  • action
  • side-scrolling

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Arcade Archives RAIDEN (2021)

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Playstation 4 Nintendo Switch

Get aboard the ultra high-altitude fighter-bomber RAIDEN and protect the Earth from a sudden alien invasion. A variety of stages and power-up items provide lots of excitement for you to enjoy. The options menu and manual are available in Japanese, English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish.

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  • shoot
  • must-have
  • vertical
  • boss-fight
  • arcade

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Gun Crazy (2019)

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Playstation 4 Xbox One Nintendo Switch PC Windows

Gun Crazy is a fast paced and hectic arcade style action shoot em’ up sporting old school pixel art and a retro sound track.


  • shoot
  • pixel
  • retro
  • shoot-em-up
  • 2d
  • arcade
  • classic
  • old-school
  • cult
  • fast-paced
  • boss
  • atmospheric
  • replay-value
  • platform
  • single-player

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Star Ghost (2016)

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Nintendo Switch wii u

A procedurally generated shoot 'em up by former RARE and Retro Studios veteran Rhys Lewis featuring a a David Wise soundtrack.

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  • shoot
  • artillery
  • side-scrolling
  • rhythm
  • old-school
  • arcade

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Task Force Kampas (2019)

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PC Windows Playstation 4 Nintendo Switch Xbox One vita Playstation 5

Task Force Kampas is inspired by the Golden Age of japanese shmups, and adds new mechanics, randomly generated levels and handcrafted bosses. It is an endless loop: you can finish it, but also find the way to continue past the ending and get the highest score! Space shooters were never that punchy before. Task Force Kampas emphasizes music and game feel to create the perfect game you'd want to spend all your coins into (if that were still a thing, you know.)


  • picross
  • racing
  • shoot
  • arcade
  • pick-up-and-play
  • must-have
  • top-notch
  • collectible
  • adventure
  • vertical
  • racer
  • boss
  • hidden-object
  • futuristic
  • alternate

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Dandy: Or a Brief Glimpse Into the Life of the Candy Alchemist (2015)

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PC Windows Mac OS

Deceptively whimsical, Dandy is a perma-death side-scrolling shoot 'em up with stacking power-ups. Different on every playthrough, with reactive enemies that force you to use strategy.

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  • perma-death
  • shoot
  • side-scrolling
  • rogue-like
  • shooter
  • xbox-controller
  • surviving
  • shoot-em-up
  • crush
  • auto-scrolling
  • candy
  • bullet-hell
  • escher
  • kart
  • manga

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Fly and Destroy (2016)

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Linux Mac OS PC Windows

Fly and destroy is a space arcade unlike anything you've experienced before. It combines extremely fun game mechanics with breath taking visuals. The game itself has elements of almost every popular indie genre, but probably the most fitting would be the space bullet hell.

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  • casual
  • shoot
  • bullet-hell
  • strategy
  • adventure
  • space
  • action

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