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Best non-Cave shumps

06-26-2012, 10:06 AM
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Best non-Cave shumps

IKnow there's been threads about everyone's favorite Cave game, but with Toon Shooters (a great game by the way), it got me thinking that it would be nice to list people's favorite shumps that are not made by Cave.

Here's our list based on the replies so far:

Phoenix HD
Danmaku Unlimited
Space Invaders Infinity Gene
Storm Strikers
Super Crossfire
Toon Shooters
Dariusburst SP
Lightning Fighter
Super Laser
Flight Unlimited
Hypership Out of Control
Bathtime Boogie
Wonton 51
Absolute Instant
A Little Turbulence
Gods of Niburu
Space Ship Ion
Peter Pog
Air attack
Sky Combat
Flying Hamster
Space Tripper
Buster Spirits
Buster Red
Grazor Elite
Skyforce Reloaded
Boss Battles
Neon Wars
Act of Fury
Apache Overkill
Last Cannon
Super Blast 2
Starfire HD
Battle Squadron One
Turbografx-16 Gamebox (Gradius, Salamander, R-Type)
WarBlade HD
iFighter 2
Space Tripper
Picopico Fighters
Space Inflaters
Super Bsquadron

Last edited by awp69; 11-19-2012 at 06:42 PM.
06-26-2012, 10:07 AM
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Lightning Fighter is awesome and just 0.99.

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06-26-2012, 11:55 AM
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A few of my favorites that I can recall off the top of my head:
Super Crossfire (my favorite..if you can count this as shmup)
Danmaku Unlimited
Space Invaders Infinite Gene
Toon Shooters

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06-26-2012, 01:37 PM
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I have a TON of shmups, but these are 10 of my favorite non-CAVE ones:

Danmaku Unlimited
Storm Strikers
Phoenix HD
Space Invaders Infinity Gene
Lightning Fighter
TouHou: Fantasy Night (sadly no longer in app store)

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06-26-2012, 02:12 PM
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Phoenix hd - the nest noncave shmup. IMO

There's also mythlia, super laser, Tyrian, flight unlimited,hyper ship ooc, bathtime boogie, wonton 51, absolute instant, Turbulence, Ultrablast, gods of Niburu, Icarus-x, space ship ion, Peter pog and pollusshot to go along with what's listed above.
06-26-2012, 02:58 PM
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Originally Posted by Darth Ronfar View Post
Phoenix hd - the nest noncave shmup. IMO
Really? I love Icarus-x on my new ipad, it great graphics like phoenix does, but I find the gameplay much more fast and furious. I really like the music too, it is rocking, and I like it cause it is quite a rockfest.

Lightning fighter and Danmaku will be coming out with hd versions soon, if they do, they will probably rocket up my charts, but they both dont look too good on my new ipad graphically wise.

Highly recommend Icarus-x to anyone, plays well on an iphone too, and the file size is very small which helps.

I own tons of shmups, but the one I want the most is dariusburt, been waiting for a sale since it is kind of expensive, but none so far. But this game looks like it is really fun, right?

Also, anyone have space inversion 2 for the ipad? Didn't like the graphics so didnt buy the first version, but now that they have an ipad version, it looks pretty cool for a space invader clone.
06-26-2012, 03:16 PM
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Air attack & sky combat are very good

06-26-2012, 03:22 PM
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Great lists so far. I agree with a lot of the choices. Phoenix HD is pretty high on my list as well. And Icarus-X came a long way from when it was first released with a devoted dev behind it.

I actually think Absolute Instant is underrated. I know some may have thought it's kind of gimmicky with the hyperjump aspect, but it added a nice twist on it.

Another one that's still one of my faves is R-Type, which plays surprisingly well on the iOS.

Flying Hamster is one that's often overlooked as well.
06-26-2012, 04:09 PM
Joined: Feb 2012
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Recently got Raystorm, Rayforce and Dariusburst and think they're really well made and very complete shmups. Others that I enjoy:

-Phoenix HD
-Danmaku and Stormstrikers

Favorite games: LittleWing Crystal Caliburn, Legends of Yore, Hook Worlds, Phoenix HD, DoDonPachi Resurrection, Spectral Souls, Bastion, Avadon, Dariusburst SP, Aquaria, King of Dragon Pass & Starbase Orion
06-26-2012, 05:06 PM
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Ok, here is a list:

Space Tripper
Space invaders infinity gene
Lightning fighter
Super crossfire
Blazing star
Toons shooters
Irootage hd
Toon shooters
Phoenix hd

Storm strikers
Absolute instant
Buster spirits
Buster red on nightmare mode
Grazor elite
Sky combat

Skyforce reloaded
Boss battles hd
Neon wars
Act of fury
Apache overkill
Last cannon
Super blast 2

Don't have space invaders infinity gene, rayforce, raystorm, or dariusburst, which would probably be high on my list.

Also, wanted to mention two games which aren't exactly shmups, but have a lot of shmup mechanics, and would be enjoyed by us.

Centipede origins
Color bandit

Both of these games have great graphics and are fun to play. Of course, I still like cave shooters better than any of these, but many of these are far cheaper and smaller in size. Also, lightning fighter and danmaku are coming out with hd versions, so those would probably soar to the top of my list once I can play them in retina ipad mode.

Last edited by Connector; 11-18-2012 at 07:54 PM.