We’ve compiled a list of the top Android shmup, Danmaku, Manic Shooter, and bullet hell games (or anything else you want to call them!). There is something for everyone, from pristine 3D visuals to retro pixelized art, from spacecraft to airplanes!
The phrase “Bullet Hell” is used to describe a subgenre of shoot ’em up (shmup) games in which the majority of the screen is taken up by projectile strikes from the enemy. The players must avoid the incoming waves in order to live. Typically, a boss encounter that features even more complicated attack patterns follows the completion of a stage.
The Japanese word for this genre of games is ‘Danmaku’, which translates to ‘Barrage’, or ‘Bullet Curtain’. ‘Manic Shooters’ is another term used to describe this type of game.
Even though it might seem like an impossible task at the start, the key is to memorize and quickly recognize the attack patterns of your enemies, so you can move your character accordingly. Of course, it’s easier said than done, and these games require quick reflexes, but more importantly, they require you to remain calm at all times. If you enjoy games in this genre, just keep playing and practising to improve your skills!
Some of the most influential games of the genre are considered to be Batsugun, DonPachi, Touhou Project and Ikaruga.