This is an amazingly faithful port of the arcade game Mushihime-sama
and sacrifices almost nothing in visuals and sounds. This does make it very demanding, so having an iPhone 4 or iPad 2 is recommended if you want to play this game at a speed close to the original.
For those who are new to 2-D shooting games, it has a Novice difficulty option.
- Visually, it is much closer to that of the original game, putting it in the same league as Espgaluda 2 HD. That means animated bullets with after-shadows, lots of transparency effects, particle effects, and other details that were left out of previous Cave games for the iOS. Yet, it somehow runs on earlier devices such as the iPad 1. The game has clearly been optimized aggressively to achieve this.
- On easier difficulty levels and modes, its framerate is quite good.
- New difficulty level, Hell, for those who thought the original arcade game on Maniac/Ultra was too easy.
- No continues - therefore this game encourages you to practice and get good at it if you want to complete the harder difficulty levels and game modes.
- Music by Manabu Namiki and Masaharu Iwata in its full glory.
- Just like the original arcade game, it is difficult to see bullets on Original mode. However, Maniac and Ultra still have more-easily-visible bullets in line with other Cave games.
- The visual fidelity comes at a cost: the game's framerate suffers greatly on earlier devices such as the iPad 1 when the screen is full of bullets.
- It occasionally crashes due to running out of memory. This is probably not a problem on newer devices.
Final recommendation: If you only want the gameplay and you have an X-box 360 of any region, consider importing Mushihime-sama Futari
. On the other hand, if you just can't get enough of Cave
, you have never played the original, and you have a newer device such as an iPad 2, then this game is a must-buy