Excerpt: Shoot-em-ups comprise a genre not for the faint of heart, from scrolling shooters like Lords of Thunder to bullet hells like Ikaruga and Perfect Cherry Blossom where the player has to dodge overwhelming amounts of projectiles while attempting to finish a level. These kind of games sometimes made people curse at regular intervals until the player memorized the level patterns.
Excerpt: While the shmup/bullet hell genre has taken off on iOS devices, we still only see blips on the radar when it comes to full fledged genre favorites on consoles. Sine Mora (available on every gaming device out there, it seems) was a revelation, but things have been quiet since it hit the scene. Now we have Mamorukun Curse!, an unabashedly Japanese take on the bullet hell genre (a genre they created, in fact).
Review: Mamorukun Curse will make you do exactly that: curse
16 August 2013
Excerpt: There's a clear line that separates the familiar shoot 'em up genre from titles like Mamorukun Curse . The most obvious thing to understand is that this is very much a brutally tough Japanese bullet hell shooter designed specifically to cause anger, frustration, and possibly madness. Mamorukun Curse is also not very good, and it's easy to see that, while this game certainly has an audience, those folks are probably better off playing something else.
Summary: Mamorukun Curse! is a solid shooter with interesting mechanics that happens to be set in an uninteresting world. The hypercolorful art style will no doubt appeal to many fans of the genre, but even for them, the enemy designs won’t provide much of a draw and the various bullet-masking effects and flourishes will be just as frustrating.
Summary: When you think of classic arcade shoot-'em-ups, you probably think of spaceships or military vehicles blasting away grotesque alien scum and armored battalions. In recent years, however, many developers have taken the genre in a different aesthetic direction, with cute, colorful characters and projectiles replacing the aliens and gunmetal we traditionally associate with the shooter.
Pros: Exciting, challenging shooter action, Cursing gives gameplay a lot of depth
Cons: Visual problems impact both the aesthetic and the gameplay
Conclusion: Mamorukun Curse! is rated E-10 with ESRB descriptors of Fantasy Violence, Suggestive Themes, Mild Language, and Use of Tobacco. You do shoot down monsters with magical looking bullets, but they just explode and disappear when defeated. There is one scene in the story mode where it looks like someone gets hit by a car, but you don’t really see anything.
Excerpt: Mamorukun Curse is part shooter, part anime, and all spiritual warfare. If you take into account it has one of the strangest after life beliefs ever to enter my Playstation 3. Players take on the role of one or multiple members of dead people in the Netherworld. The darkness is moving in, and they must fight to stop it.