Gundemonium Collection

Gundemonium Collection

(Rockin' Android)
Ship Date: 
Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Shoot 'em ups are a rare breed, especially on the PlayStation Network. Aside from the Soldner-X series there isn't much to satisfy fans of the genre. The Gundemonium Collection features three games: Gundemonium Recollection, GundeadliGne, and Hitogata Happa. These aren't your typical shmups either. You see, the Gundemonium games are referred to as bullet-hell shoot 'em ups. It's as crazy as it sounds, and just as difficult.

With three possible games to choose from, all which containing cute anime characters, does the Gundemonium Collection have enough substance for the hardcore gamer?

Originally developed by Platine Dispositif, the games in the Gundemonium trilogy are similar in concept but with slight differences in execution. Each game features an all girl cast of cute anime characters equipped with ridiculous weapons. The visuals are sprite based and look absolutely fantastic. If you're an oldschool gamer you'll definitely appreciate the look.

Gundemonium Recollection, GundeadliGne, and Hitogata Happa each have support for custom soundtracks, trophies, online leaderboards, remote play, photo capturing, and video recording so you can upload your gameplay to YouTube. That alone is impressive. There's even a story behind these games, but it's difficult to follow. One reason for that is because the text is very small, even on an HDTV. By the time you get close enough to read the text you're thrown into gameplay. Honestly though, who plays a shmup for its story?

Since there are three games in this collection we'll be providing three separate reviews for each game.

Gundemonium Recollection

Recollection is the first side-scrolling shmup in the trilogy. Right from the start you're able to choose between two character types, Eryth and Earl. The difference is that the Earl types can be full customized to your liking. You're able to change your gun, mana spell, and bomb type. Each slot has four possible abilities to choose from giving you more than enough freedom to create some interesting combinations.

It takes awhile to get adjusted to the gameplay. Mainly because the character sprites take up a good portion of the screen. It's actually pretty misleading. Your character can only be damaged if hit in the heart and it's a pretty tiny hitbox. The enemies on screen can't hurt you unless you happen to run into a bullet. Despite that, you're going to get shot down frequently. Don't be surprised if you spend a few hours on a single boss battle that should only take three minutes to defeat.



Review by Delriach