Summary: This is a cave shooter so of course it's "bullet hell" like all of their shooters (that I've played). It's actually horizontal which is somewhat strange for the genre, I actually thought it was vertical prior to purchasing because I wasn't paying attention. You get 3 characters. There is lots of stuff flying at you at all times. It would be frustrating if there weren't infinite continues. Control is fantastic (thank God!).
Great Arcade Style Shooter With Many Options And Few Drawbacks
Mr.Chunky Monkey, Amazon
6 August 2012
Summary: Akai Katana will not disappoint the fans of Cave games. You do get the same over the top bullethell action, lots of explosions and all that. You should keep in mind that this is published by a U.K. Company rising star games, not by the publisher who makes the Japanese versions of Cave games and thus the menu and the options you get to change around are a little different. I mean there are many options, all the standard practice modes, backgrounds, screen flipping.
Summary: If like me you havent played a side scrolling shooter since the days of R-TYPE on the sega Master System then it may come as a bit of shock to you they are still making titles like that. The idea seems a little outdated but when done correctly marvelous fun can be had with it. I didnt have high hopes for this game i just saw it at a cheap price and thought why not give it a go. Im glad i did!
Summary: Fans des im Mainstream nicht wirklich populären Shoot-Em-Up Genres wissen, was sie von einem Spiel zu erwarten haben, welches aus der japanischen Schmiede Cave stammt: nämlich kunter-bunte Balleraction, welche die Subgenre Bezeichnung „bullet hell“ alles andere, als zu unrecht trägt. Insofern stellt das zwar sehr konservativ gestrickte „ Akai Katana“ ein absolutes Fest für jeden dar, der dem Genre auch nur im entferntesten etwas abgewinnen kann.