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Mushihimesama (“Bug Princess” in English) is a vertical shooting game set in a beautiful fantasy world. Huge insect-like creatures called Koju roam the forest outside the village of Hoshifuri. When Recos people fall to a mysterious sickness, the young princess decides to leave the village and meet the God of the Koju, who may provide a cure. Riding her faithful Golden Beetle friend Kiniro, Reco must traverse the wilds, braving the hostile landscape and the aggressive Koju beasts on her journey through the Shinju Forest.
Probably the most beautiful ball hell of all time! Mushihimesama is a great bullet-light shooter from Cave, the developer who invented the genre with Donpachi in 1995. So, it's about defending yourself against countless enemies, who cover our little...
insect princess with even more balls. The insectoid opponents are very imaginatively designed, the surroundings varied and beautifully colorful! With Mushihimesama, a legend appeared in the Japanese Arcade Halls in 2006. It is considered one of the heaviest ball hells of all time, even experienced Shoot'm Up players reach their limits here, especially in ultra-fashion. But the game always remains fair. In all the colorful detail that once seemed unique on PS2, the enemy bullets and your own fire still stand out beautifully from the background. I dare to say that the game with all the insects is the most beautifully designed shoot'm up ever. Mushihimesama is also suitable for genre beginners - not only because there is also a beginner mode, but also because the scoring system is much less complex than for example in a Dodonpachi - in the standard mode it is basically just about sending as many opponents as possible over the Jordan before even this fate befalls you. So, it was certainly a good decision by Cave and Degica to release this game on Steam as the first from the Cave portfolio - let's hope that many more will follow. This Shmup jewel was previously only available region-locked for the Japanese PS2, and in HD for the Xbox360. Let's be happy that Degica is preparing to release more cult games of this niche genre on Steam. But this will only happen if Mushihimesama is a success. So: Buy! The ideal way to catch up on this game without a Japanese console, or to get to know the Danmaku (Bullet-Hell) genre! Along with Crimzon Clover and Ikaruga one of the best Shmups on Steam!
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