Summary: I've always admired Cave shooters. They practically invented the "bullet hell" variety of shoot-em-ups, where you're dodging literally hundred or thousands of bullets. This game is no different.
Summary: The game play mechanics are a bit complicated to grasp, but are a lot of fun once they click. In a nutshell, it involves flying your aircraft and shooting enemies to release collectible items, summoning a powerful ninja phantom, & cashing in items for massive scoring gains.
Summary: Akai Katana is a side scrolling shmup, with planes, tanks, ships, and massive amounts of bullets. There are a number of planes and pilots to choose from, offering a variety of shot types and subweapons, and three game modes with different game play and scoring mechanics.
Summary: As a big fan of Deathsmiles, this was a bit of a letdown from Cave. Gameplay was there, but the charm was lacking and a lot less "wtf?" moments. Pick it up when its a bit cheaper. Otherwise, stick to Deathsmiles.