Cave Matsuri Sale 2018!

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It’s time for Cave’s annual festival, the Cave Matsuri, held in Akihabara, so we’re having a sale to celebrate!

You can read all about Cave Matsuri on the official site here: https://promo.cave.co.jp/event/matsuri2018/special

And there’s plenty of things happening to read about:

A live stream of Dodonpachi Resurrection from the Akihabara Alienware Store on Friday 19th 18:30 to 20:30 (JST) broadcast here.

M2 will be talking about their new Cave ports and ketsui will be available for play on the PlayStation4 (with special gifts too!)!

There’s also merchandise, such as ketsui 15th anniversary items, and a bag covered in Cave game logos.

Be sure to pick up all our Cave games on Steam on discount! Already have them? I’m sure there is a friend of yours who doesn’t!

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Game Tengoku Ver1.06 update & Homura Banto DLC!

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We have just released an update for Game Tengoku CruisnMix adding a new character (Homura from Jaleco’s Bases Loaded), some updates to Clarice’s DLC and a new stage for Time Attack!

Update includes:

  • New Time Attack stage
  • Stage 2 has been added to Arcade Mode +’s Time Attack Mode!
  • Several Minor Fixes

  • Homura Banto DLC added
    This adds a new character, a new support character, a new music track and Moero!! Pro Yakyu to Data Mode HD.

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Hatsune Miku VR Giveaway Winners!

Welcome, Hatsune Miku fans!

The giveaway has ended and over 2,000 of you participated. Unfortunately, we only have 11 prizes, but we want to extend a thank you to everyone who entered, winner or not. All of you helped us get the word out about this fantastic game, and now more people are enjoying the chance to dance with Hatsune Miku than we could have managed without you.

But now, I’m sure everyone wants us to get to the main event: Let’s see who won!

 

Hatsune Miku Concert Tickets

Togekisspika35: Los Angeles, CA
Ashbel Burnham Henshaw Roberts: Austin, TX
Ernesto Perez-Durias: New York, NY

 

Hatsune Miku Figures

Don Pham: Hatsune Miku: Greatest Idol Ver.
Fuluna: 1/7th Scale Racing Miku 2012 Ver.
come back: Hatsune Miku Nijigen Dream Fever Ver. 1/7th Scale

 

Hatsune Miku: Magical Mirai 2017 DVD

Kelly Trang
Lia Yang
Chris M
Yuichiro Makino
nakazawafumiya

Congratulations to all the Winners! You will be getting an email with information on how to claim your prize in the next week! Also, thanks once again to everyone participated! Here’s to you winning next time!

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Lunar New Year Sale! OneShot and Mushihimesama in Chinese!

It’s the Year of the Dog! And that means its time for some doggone good deals in the Steam Lunar New Year Sale!

And in celebration of this Eastern holiday sale, let’s look at a couple of games that have just had Chinese language releases!

Just this morning, the meta puzzle adventure game OneShot got two brand new languages added! With Chinese and Korean versions of the game, OneShot will get yet another shot at captivating another audience!

In OneShot, you play as the young Niko. Niko finds that he is on a mysterious world, and must save it by reigniting its long-dead sun. This adventure will challenge you with puzzles that take things beyond the game window.

You can buy Oneshot here, and get 20% off in the Steam Lunar New Year Sale!

Just a week ago, the stellar CAVE shooter Mushihimesama also got a Chinese language update!

In Mushihimesama, play as Reco, a young girl looking to save her village from the deadly Miasma. Ride into battle on the trusty giant beetle Kiniro, and blast and dodge your way through some spectacular bullet hell shoot-em-up levels.

You can buy Mushihimesama here!

And remember, there are plenty of Degica titles in the Steam Lunar New Year Sale, so be sure to take a look and see which ones you’re missing!

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Rewind: Crimzon Clover: World Ignition

Welcome to our second rewind article, where we go back and look at earlier games we have released, tell you a bit about the background, and then tell you why we think you should play the game!

This time, we’re taking a look at Crimzon Clover: World Ignition.

Its hard to know where to even start with this game. There are a lot of dojin shmups out there. A lot. And a whole lot of games that are inspired by CAVE’s mastery of the bullet hell genre.

But very, very few that are critically lauded as being on the same level. Crimzon Clover: World Ignition is one of those games. Developed by Yotsubane (which, by the way is one person), the original version of Crimzon Clover was released at Comiket 79, right at the end of 2010. A clear hit, the game hit Windows PC and then Arcades in Japan. Then, finally, in 2014, it hit the international market on Steam with the newly upgraded Crimzon Clover: World Ignition.

But what is the world of Crimzon Clover? Honestly, that is a good question. The world shows no human activity. The things you shoot down are nothing but robots, and for that matter are you a pilot in a ship, or are you the ship itself? A lot is left to the player’s imagination, but we can’t help but feel like Yotsubane was trying to tell us something here…

So why should you play Crimzon Clover: World Ignition.

Because it’s streamlined awesomeness. Now, when you hear streamlined, don’t think I mean it is simple. Too often streamlining comes at the expense of something else. With Crimzon Clover, I mean it more in the way streamlining should be done: The unnecessary parts are cut away. The scoring is straightforward, but not simple. The mechanics are sophisticated without being clunky.

You have two main fire buttons. One shoots a rapid fire shot. The second, activates a circle around the player, starting a lock-on. Release the button to shoot lasers at every target you’ve locked onto. Hit enough at once for a score multiplier.

Then, you have the third button. The third button is where the distilled awesome lies. Over time you can build up your Break meter. If it is high enough, you can use the third button to use up the meter to drop a bomb. This is pretty similar to most shmups. Where the magic comes in is when you have a full break meter. At this point, pressing the third button instead sends you into Break Mode for a short amount of time. While in break mode, your damage and scoring is subject to a massive bonus, allowing you to clear out tons of enemies for a giant amount of points! You can even possibly enable a Double Break Mode, making your attacks even more devastating, and skyrocketing your score even higher!

This combination of attacks leads to a bullet hell that is a whole lot of fun to play. Not too complicated for a beginner, and not too simple for a veteran.

Crimzon Clover: World Ignition is a shmup that just gets it right.

 

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Prepare for the Invasion: Space Invaders hits Steam Feb 12th

Forty years ago, the world was in grave danger. The invasion had hit arcades, and it was only through the skills of players around the world putting up high scores that the Space Invaders were repelled.

Now, they have returned, more advanced, more evolved. Are you a veteran of the first invasion? Are your skills still up to the task? Or perhaps the first invasion happened long before you were born. Will you step up to take the place of the veterans who have moved on?

Get to your Cannons, Taito’s Space Invaders Extreme arrives February 12th!

Compete with players around the world with the online arcade mode leaderboards!

Master your aim to take down four enemies of the same color in a row to unleash powerful weapons.

Faceoff against massive enemy bosses.

Hone your skills. Defend the Earth. Show these Space Invaders they’ll never make it to the ground!

Pick up Space Invaders Extreme on Steam, February 12th!

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The Clarice Bomb Illustration contest gave everyone a chance to be immortalized in the game, with their art becoming one of Clarice’s bomb in the Clarice DLC for Game Tengoku.

Congratulations to all 20 artists who submitted pieces, see the full gallery here. We are glad to have fans that are as excited to see this game as we are!

It was a good fight, with some amazing illustrations, but in the end, we must pick the winners.

1st Place:  Hirohiroki

A great rendition of Clarice and her beloved Claricecar being pursued by the police. Congratulations!

2nd Place: Kanouchi

The mysterious, blonde (fake?!) Clarice, from “Gunbare! Game Tengoku”, the sequel to Game Tengoku. Will her relationship with the ‘true’ Clarice ever be explained?! Excellent work!

3rd Place: Jonathon

Clarice as she would have appeared in Cannonball Run, perhaps? And her ever-present Claricecar in tow. A great illustration with a well thought out catch-phrase too.

Thanks again to everyone who entered, and be sure to pick up the Clarice DLC, available now!

For all the fans waiting on the EN release: Remember, you can buy on Steam now, and receive the EN release when it releases, a release that is getting closer and closer.

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Rewind: JUDGEMENT SILVERSWORD -Resurrection-

Welcome Degica Games fans, to our first Rewind article! In Rewind, we’ll look at one of our games that has been out for a while, and talk about the history, and a bit on why we think it is a must-have!

For our first rewind article, it’s time to look at the bullet hell shmup JUDGEMENT SILVERSWORD -Resurrection-, developed by MKAI, and brought to you by Qute and Degica!

Way back in 2000, Qute developed, and Bandai released a devkit for Bandai’s WonderSwan known as the WonderWitch, opening up the WonderSwan to easy homebrew development. This led to the 2001 WonderWitch contest! Lasting from 2001-2003 in Japan, this contest to create games for the WonderSwan was hotly contested, and the two games at the top, one of which was JUDGEMENT SILVERSWORD, became the last two games ever released for the system.

Releasing so late in the life cycle, JUDGEMENT SILVERSWORD became a rarity, having had low print runs, and at this point, it could have faded into obscurity, with only niche fans having ever had the chance to play it.

That was, until the 2011 XBOX 360 release of its spiritual successor Eschatos, which also included JUDGEMENT SILVERSWORD and its sequel Cardinal Sins. With more people in Japan having access to the game than ever, but outside of Japan, it was still just in the hands of importers.

But now, thanks to both Qute and Degica, you can play this amazing classic on the PC, anywhere in the world!

So why SHOULD you play it?

Simply put, in my opinion, JUDGEMENT SILVERSWORD isn’t just a great bullet hell shooter, it might be one of the best introductions to the genre that has ever been made. Now, this isn’t to say that it is easy, it can be super challenging (I still haven’t managed to clear the game myself), but what it does do, is pair down the options and tools at your disposal to a minimum (while still remaining fun), allowing you to focus less on which of your many weapons you are using, and more on pure shmup fundamentals.

A lot of shmups give you so many options, both in weapons and scoring, that at full speed, a newbie can’t possibly make the decisions fast enough. Instead of slowly getting comfortable, they flounder as they try to figure out when to use what.

In JS, you have three options for weapons: Frontal Shot, Wide Shot, Shield. Frontal shot and wide shot are obvious, one pumps damage out in front of you, one spreads it out. The shield is a bit more tricky. You can use it to block out enemy shots, or even to damage enemies by using it at an extremely close range. It depletes as it is used though, so you will need to let it cool down over time.

The thing is, these are all very simple to understand. Lots of enemies on screen? Spread. Just a few dangerous ones? Focus. Lots of damage incoming? Shield. Now, you will learn more tricks than this over time (Including ways to alternate the spread and focus shots to do massive damage at close range), but this isn’t rocket science.

Add in that the scoring system is dead simple: Kill things as fast as you can, and you end up with a game that is a straightforward challenge to play for both survival and score, opening it up as a perfect shmup for beginners and veterans alike. So take a look at JUDGEMENT SILVERSWORD on Steam today!

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The music fades on the Steam Winter Sale, only 24 hours remain!


The Steam Winter Sale has reached its crescendo, and the music is now fading to silence.

These deals sing, but you only have 24 hours until the curtain closes! So experience some musical magic with a game and virtual concerts from Degica Games!

In the city of Piova, the rain, and the music, never ends. Guide Chris through his final months at the Piova School of Communal Music. Master the arcane instrument known as the Fortelle, find a partner for your final examination, and perhaps discover the past he wishes he could forget.

Pick up the visual novel/rhythm game hybrid <“http://store.steampowered.com/app/629650/Symphonic_Rain/”>Symphonic Rain for 30% off!

Don’t want melancholy and instead just want something to pick you up. Then experience a concert like you are really there in VR! Hop Step Sing has debuted 3 songs onto Steam, and each one is 25% off!

But that isn’t all. Buy all three and that discount rises to 32% off! Hop, Step, and Sing your way over to this deal before the fat lady sings and the Steam Winter Sale is over!

And don’t forget to take a look at the full list of Degica Titles on sale!

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Oh No! You missed a Christmas Present: Quick to the Steam Sale!

Hey look, we’ve all been there. It is 3 days after Christmas and you forgot one of your bros (in the gender-neutral sense). So you are scrambling to figure out what to get them. Degica Games and the Steam Winter Sale is here to help you!

If Your Bro Likes Street Fighter, Get Them Koihime Enbu

 

We all have that one friend. The one that watches EVO on stream every year (or goes if he is well off). He follows all the major fighting game tourneys. He talks about charge motion and frame data and plus or minus and you have no idea what he means.

That guy would really like Koihime Enbu! Koihime Enbu is a very fundamentals based fighter. It isn’t about memorizing movelists, it’s all about positioning, knowing your “normals” (non-special moves for the non-fighter fans out there), and knowing your opponent and the matchups.

It is about as pure of a fighting game you can find, and it is excellent at 20% off. And if you buy it right now, you’ll also get the soundtrack for free!

If Your Bro Likes Touhou, Get Them Deathsmiles

So your friend likes Touhou. Whether they are into the cute girls or the danmaku magic, we’ve still got the game for you to get them.

Made by the originators of the bullet hell genre (basically the genre of top-down shooter where there is a TON of bullets on the screen), CAVE, Deathsmiles is a great option for the Touhou fan. It features cute goth girls in a sidescrolling shooter taking down all manner of supernatural opponents with magic and the help of their familiars!

And being a CAVE game, that means really really solid mechanics, learn the enemies and how to get them to give the best drops to get your counter to 1000, then enter a special powered up form to blow your enemies away! Pick up Deathsmiles for your friend at 60% off.

If Your Bro Likes Sim City, Get Them A-Train PC Classic

Is your friend just really into building stuff? He likes creating his own world and watching it grow? Deciding how to make it the best, or well, maybe the worst, city possible.

Then take a look at A-Train PC Classic. One of the mistakes people make when looking at this series is they think that it is just about placing train lines. This isn’t true at all. You are managing all forms of transportation. And all the transport affects the city itself.

You are building the city. It also comes with fantastic scenario play which gives you great non-sandbox modes with defined situations with defined goals. An excellent challenge compared to the normal freeform play. 34% off on Steam today!

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