Dodonpachi Resurrection

Game Center Rating: 4+

Dodonpachi Resurrection is a game from CAVE CO.,LTD., originally released 26th August, 2010


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    Game of the Month, August 2010: Dodonpachi Resurrection

    August wasn’t an outstanding month for iPhone games, with only a few games receiving a Must Have rating like Monorace and R-Type. Spider-Man got a 4, but it was officially released on Sept 1, so we’ll consider it next month. Meanwhile, our Game of the Month is a shooter so intense, you’ll break a sweat on the first level.

    Dodonpachi Resurrection is an outstanding, high-impact top-down shooter pulled from the depths of Japanese arcade bullet hell. You have multiple ships and modes to try, but the best one is iPhone mode, where you have to balance screen-clearing offense with bullet-dodging defense. Only by using both tactics (referred to as S and M) can you achieve some of the more remarkable high scores.

    Dodonpachi Resurrection has intense graphics, so it requires some intense hardware. Don’t buy this game if you have anything below an iPhone 3GS, and you might want to try downloading the similarly-taxing Espgaluda 2 lite before you buy Dodonpachi. A Dodonpachi lite version, to test your device, will be released soon.

    Our runner-up for iPhone GOTM is Osmos, a gorgeous and soothing physics game where you control a tiny speck in a universe of hostiles. Tapping the screen lets you expel part of yourself, sending you floating in one direction. Between the scaling levels, time controls, and huge variety of environments, Osmos is a dream on the iPhone, just like it was on the iPad.

    Congratulations to Cave Co. and Hemisphere Games for creating this month’s two best iPhone games.

    Dodonpachi Resurrection Review

    Remarkable things are happening on the iPhone just about every day, and Cave Co. continues to astound us with their ports of Japanese arcade shooters. Like their previous game Espgaluda II, Dodonpachi Resurrection is a brilliant-looking, elegantly designed ‘bullet hell’ shooter with a complex scoring mechanic. However, we found Dodonpachi to be even better than Espgaluda II.

    The difference to us is Dodonpachi’s incredible iPhone mode, which introduces an ‘S and M’ gauge. When you’re dishing out pain on your enemies, your S meter (that’s ‘slaughter’, not ‘sadism’) will go up, giving your shots a power boost but also decreasing your multiplier. When it hurts so good and you steer your ship close to enemy bullets, your M meter (for ‘menace’, not ‘masochism’) will go up, giving you a higher score multiplier.

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    Rewarding you for narrow escapes is what puts this game over the top. Just like how passengers would give you tips for a near-miss in Crazy Taxi, Dodonpachi encourages you to dive headfirst into danger and will reward you with 1000x combo multipliers.

    Oh, but the levels of shooter insanity go far deeper than that. You have two attacks: regular guns and a laser, which is necessary to deflect some enemy laser attacks. You have bombs which deploy automatically when you take a hit (serving as shields), but can also be deployed with a button press. And then there’s the hyper gauge, a megablast that bathes the screen in death. You can even spin around the hyper gauge to set it into overdrive and collect ridiculously high combos.

    Dodonpachi Resurrection is a game where your high score can be measured in the billions. The astonishing levels of complexity in the scoring system mean you have to play strategically, while also engaging your hindbrain survival instincts. Since the game itself is not too long, and you’ll have unlimited continues (though continuing will reset your high score), many players will find the real lasting appeal of the game lies in the OpenFeint leaderboards and achievements.

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    You can also play through the same levels with a few different ‘arcade mode’ variations, which each have their own separate leaderboards and play mechanics. There are also several different ships to try.

    Since it’s exclusive to just newer iPhones and iPod Touches, Dodonpachi will run either very smoothly or not at all on your device. If you’re going to buy it, make sure you have a compatible device first.

    Dodonpachi Resurrection is a real gem on the iPhone, and a mobile port of a game like this would not have been considered possible a few years ago. It’s wildly over-the-top and hectic beyond belief, and that’s just the way we like our shoot ‘˜em ups.