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Clean Asia is a freeware Shoot 'Em Up developed by cactus, the same guy behind Mondo Medicals, Mondo Agency and Hotline Miami.

Set in the seventh millenium, the eyes of Earth's humanity go batshit and take over the Earth by flying to the moon, developing weapons of mass destruction, and flying back with their new weapons, starting with Asia. Two American pilots are sent in to clean up Asia.

The two playable characters are:

  • Mickey R. Dole - A pilot who charges into enemies, releasing debris from them. The debris can be absorbed into the ship and fired forwards at enemies, either one at a time or all at once.
  • Mackey I. Dole - A pilot whose ship is more like a traditional shooting game ship. It comes with its own gun, and also has a charge shot that can inflict massive damage. Like Mickey, Mackey can collect enemy debris too, but instead of using it as ammo, his shot and charge shot level up for every 100 pieces he absorbs. He can also reflect bullets to guard himself, but the reflected bullets don't damage the enemies, and he gradually loses debris (and level) the longer he uses his reflector shield.

There are three stages in the game: Thailand, Korea, and China. Thailand and Korea are Boss Rush stages in which you destroy one boss after another. China is more like a regular shmup stage, except with five pipes at the bottom of the stream providing you with a continuous flow of debris, and these pipes are destroyed later on in the stage.

You can download the game (along with Cactus's many other games) here.

Clean Asia provides examples of:

  • Big Bad: The eyes of humanity have turned against humans and are using weapons of mass destruction to Take Over the World.
  • Boss Rush: Thailand and Korea just pit you against one boss after another.
  • Bullet Hell
  • Collision Damage: Either you or the target dies. The only exception is the final boss, which needs more than just one ramming attack.
  • Eye Scream: Your eyeballs flying out of your sockets to join up with other rogue eyes. Just... don't think too much about it.
  • Fake Difficulty: Enemies in Thailand and Korea seem to love hogging the bottom of the screen, making them hard for Mackey to safely attack.
  • Flechette Storm: One of Mickey's attacks, which requires debris from enemies.
  • Giant Eye of Doom: Enemies in Thailand and Korea.
  • Gratuitous Japanese: And Gratuitous Proper Japanese, to boot.nitpick  Oddly, Japan is not a playable stage in this game.
  • Nintendo Hard
  • Retraux: Vector graphics. Lots of them.
  • Sinister Geometry: Thailand's bosses are giant eyes with shapes formed out of big squares around them.
  • Wave-Motion Gun: Mackey's charge shot.
  • Widget Series: It's a cactus game. That's all we really need to say.