Happy Holidays from Degica Games

Hello everyone! Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaa, Happy Every Holiday you may celebrate.

We hope you are enjoying your Winter Holidays, and we hope that you are also enjoying the Steam Winter Sale!

But most of all, we just wanted to say thank you to all our fans. Thank you for playing our games. Thank you for talking about our games. Thank you for enjoying our games.

Whether you are with us because of CAVE, or you were wondered by OneShot. A fan of Visual Novels like MuvLuv, or learned about us through the excellent fighter Koihime Enbu, it is fantastic to have released something that was powerful enough for you to continue to follow us on this journey.

We look forward to the coming year, and hopefully even more games you will love. Thanks. And Happy Holidays to all!

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Oh, the weather outside is frightful,
But the Steam Sale is so delightful.
And since we want to stay home all day,
Let Us Play! Let Us Play! Let Us Play!

It’s the Steam Winter Sale! A time for great deals on great games. And since every other part of you is probably freezing, we might as well burn our brain with puzzles and mysteries!

It’s time to think outside the box, with the meta-puzzle game OneShot!

To solve these puzzles, return the sun to the sky and save this world, you’re going to have to do more than think of how to manipulate the pieces inside the game, you’ll have to think of how to manipulate the game itself.

But what you won’t have to do is pay a high price! Pick up OneShot for 40% off today!

Or maybe you are up for a bit more of a traditional mystery.

Then take a look at Scar of the Doll. Your sister has gone missing, so you’ve come to Tokyo to investigate. But the mystery of her disappearance is just one question that will lead to many, many more. The moment you think you’ve figured it out, the next answer will turn the entire game on its head.

The only thing we can figure out is that you would be a fool to pass up on Scar of the Doll for 60% off!

Be sure to check out these deals and more in the Steam Winter Sale!

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Why Visual Novel Maker?

So, I’m sure if you have been following our social media at all, you know that Visual Novel Maker is a thing and that it is now out.

Visual Novel Maker isn’t the first Visual Novel Engine, but we do think it is the best. Visual Novel Maker is made to be as easy to use as possible while retaining all the power you could ever need.

Whether you are just making your first visual novel, or you’ve made eighty already, we’re sure that Visual Novel Maker can make your game dev faster and better. But today, I’m going to focus on the two things that make the Engine perfect for newbies.

The core of Visual Novel Maker is the very easy to use drag and drop scene editor. Just drop in the commands you want and go. These commands will let you do just about anything you can imagine a visual novel should do, add people to the scene, have them talk, move the camera around, branching paths, keeping track of how much certain characters like/dislike you… Pretty much if you can dream it, with just a little understanding of eventing logic, you can make it. Prefer to type in your commands? Visual Novel Maker allows you to do that as well.

And if you can’t draw? Visual Novel Maker is the only visual novel engine that comes with built-in art for you to use! Backgrounds, characters, music, sound effects. Included in the purchase of Visual Novel Maker is a high school setting, plus fantasy characters as well. In the future, you’ll be able to pick up even more resources as DLC!

And even if you can make all your own art, these pieces make fantastic placeholders so you can jump in on the dev work right away!

So take a look at Visual Novel Maker on Steam!

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Last day of the Steam Autumn Sale: Spotlight KOGADO STUDIO

The Steam Autumn Sale is coming to an end, but you still have a chance to cash in on the discounts!

The sales cover nearly every game in Degica’s catalog, but today, let’s focus on the visual novels by KOGADO STUDIO!

First up, we have Nurse Love Addiction!

You play as Asuka Osachi, a carefree, ditzy girl who floats through life as she starts nursing school. There, she will find challenges, love, and maybe why she wanted to be a nurse in the first place

Float your way headfirst into nursing school for 55% off!

Our second game from KOGADO STUDIO is Symphonic Rain.

In Piova, the city of music and endless rain, Chris Vertin arrives to attend the Piova Communal School of Music. He left behind his rural home and his girlfriend, will he be able to learn enough to be the musician he dreamed of becoming.

Pick your way through this fantastic Visual Novel/Rhythm game hybrid for 30% off!

Or perhaps you are interested in both? Buy the bundle to get an additional 10% off! But remember, all these deals end tomorrow, act now!

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Degica Cave Titles on Steep Discount in the Steam Autumn Sale!

The Steam Autumn Sale is here, and I know that the first thing that jumped to your mind is: “What cool Degica Games can I get in this one?”

While there are no Turkeys among our games, it would be a bit difficult to cover ALL of them in one post, so let’s take a look at some of our most popular titles: Cave Shmups!

Cave is the origin of the bullet hell shooter genre, and according to many, are still the kings of the genre!

First up in our Cave extravaganza is Mushihimesama! In this danmaku you play as Reco. Your people have fallen to a mysterious illness, and it is up to you and your friend Kiniro, the Golden Beetle to discover a cure.

Fly through beautiful stages, dodging the intricate bullet patterns Cave is known for, to see if you can reach the God of the Koshu and save your people for 60% off!

Or maybe you want to take a trip back to the series that invented the bullet hell genre with DoDonPachi Resurrection!

The android Next EXY has traveled from the future and is causing havoc. Your orders are to stop her and the other Elemental Daughters. But why are they here? What is their goal? Will your shmup skills be enough to uncover the truth? Find out for 40% off!

And Halloween may have passed, but it is always a good time for the witchy sidescrolling bullet hell Deathsmiles!

Hell itself has invaded the magical land of Gilverado, and it is up to you, taking the roll of one of five “angels” to stop it. One of the most accessible Cave bullet hells, this is a great place to start for any new fan! See if you are destined to be a bullet hell fanatic at 50% off!

You can get these great deals on Cave titles, and many, many more fantastic Degica Games, through November 28th! Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter to get the latest on Degica sales and releases!

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The Degica Halloween Sale is about to be Banished!

As All Hallows Eve comes to an end, the power of spirits and Halloween Sales begins to wane. When the clock strikes midnight 10AM Pacific, on All Saint’s Day (November 1st), our Halloween deals will be banished back to the netherworld!

No more 50% off on the fantastic witch shmup, Deathsmiles, from legendary shmup developer CAVE…

And the Mythos will be put back to sleep, returning again to full price rather than 80% off, and left to terrorize the world another day…

Even the yuri nurses (Note, Nick: Wait a second here. Who marked this as horror? Note, Publishing Team: Some users on Steam. Note, Nick: Well, far be it from me to say Steam users are wrong…) of Nurse Love Addiction will return to their… dorm rooms? Where do yuri nursing students go when they aren’t “haunting” or whatever they do that is horror anyway? Whatever, the 55% off is going away, OK?

It’s also a great time to pick up everything for Castle of Shikigami, including the brand new Evolution DLC with the Castle of Shikigami Evolution Collector’s Edition!

All of the deals disappear tomorrow! So buy today!

(Are we serious? People are frightened by girl nursing students falling in love? I mean, yeah there is a bit of weirdness outside of that, but… OK OK, I’ll let it go!)

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The Degica Halloween Sale has begun its Haunt!

 

Halloween is almost here, but there’s no need to wait. Here are seasonal savings on Degica games that are great! These scary games are quite a treat, and will challenge your skills to beat. But wait too long and this deal will end, so buy them now and stay spooky my friend!

Castle of Shikigami is a dark, supernatural vertically scrolling shmup classic! The Evolution DLC takes the aggressive and challenging gameplay of the original to a whole new extreme!

Battle against an onslaught of enemies with arranged spawns and attack patterns. Test your skills against powered-up bosses. Unlock all-new achievements and climb your way to the top of the leaderboard!
Click here to get Castle of Shikigami 17% OFF!
Click here to get Castle of Shikigami: Evolution DLC!

What better game to play during the Halloween season than CAVE’s horror-themed bullet-hell shmup! Select one of five angels and battle an invasion of hell beasts across six different game modes. Click here to get DEATHSMILES 50% OFF!

A mystery visual novel full of thrills and chills! Follow Asumi as she travels to Tokyo alone to search for her sister. Hug your teddy bear close while unraveling this suspenseful story late at night! Click here to get Scar of the Doll 60% OFF!

The sequel to the famous flash game that started the escape room craze. Inspector Jean-Jacques Gordot finds himself investigating the Crimson Room a decade later. A door that won’t open, scattered wine bottles, and a flickering light bulb…can you escape the room? Click here to get Crimson Room: Decade 60% OFF!

A survival horror RPG homage to the monster movie classics of the 1930s! Create your own paranormal investigator and explore the definitely haunted Harborough Asylum while battling Lovecraftian foes! Click here to get Mythos: The Beginning 80% OFF!

Don’t delay, for the Reaper comes for these deals, On the morn of All Saints Day, these deals are dead! (November 1st, 10am Pacific).

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CEOtaku Roundup!

Hello, everyone. It was great to be at CEOtaku last weekend!

Jebailey and his crew put on an amazing set of tournaments, and did such an amazing job of taking care of things, that our team on the ground got to focus on just the fun part of talking to the fans, old and new! So once again, a big shout out to the CEOtaku crew!

We had two main goals for the weekend, help make the Koihime Enbu tournament at CEOtaku better with some cool signed prizes, and to show of Senko no Ronde 2, and we feel that both were a big success.

The Koihime tournament was a blast, with an amazing field of competitors, but one rose above the rest. Far, far above the rest.

Garireo, flying in all the way from Japan just wrecked the competition (he also took the BlazBlue tournament as well, in an incredibly dramatic fashion). No one else could compare, and he was the clear CEOtaku Koihime Champion!

Congratulations to everyone who played, and good luck with your practice for next year, I’m sure Garireo will be waiting for you!

We also had a ton of fun showing off Senko no Ronde 2! Tucked in our booth in the front of the ballroom, we got to show it to a ton of people, and everyone who sat down and played had a lot of fun!

Hopefully, all those who enjoyed it will pick it up and join the great online Senko community we are building!

Thanks again to everyone who came by to check it out! CEOtaku was an amazing event, with some moments of absolutely heartstopping excitement, and if you are at all into Anime Fighters, you owe it to yourself to make it to Orlando next year!

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Degica Games at CEOtaku!

CEOtaku 2017 starts tomorrow, and we are on our way!

Held in Orlando, this event is a superb tournament for all the best anime fighters, featuring tournaments for 16 different games! And one of the 16 official tournaments? Koihime Enbu!

We’re proud to sponsor CEOtaku, and we’re also bringing some excellent Koihime Enbu Prizes:

  • Koihime posters signed by Koihime Enbu’s director
  • OSTs also signed by Koihime Enbu’s director
  • Limited Edition Koihime Enbu for the PlayStation 4 (JP)

But that’s not all! We’ll also be there to show off our brand new release Senko no Ronde 2!

Don’t you want to pilot a mech in this shmup/arena fighter hybrid to prove you are the best pilot of them all?

Hop on over to try out the full version, hang out with two of our Degica Staff, and get some cool Senko swag and prizes!

  • PlayStation 4 flyers
  • Senko no Ronde 2 character buttons
  • Original Senko no Ronde 2 art
  • Physical Senko no Ronde 2 soundtrack
  • Limited Edition Playstation 4

Find us here:

Can’t make it? Don’t worry, you can follow everything on our Twitch stream!

See you there!

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Senko no Ronde 2: Strategic use of B.O.S.S.

The B.O.S.S. (Booster of Over-armed Shell System, yes it is clear they were just looking for something that spelled BOSS) mode in Senko no Ronde 2 is one of the things that intrigues me personally about the game.

So what is B.O.S.S. mode? It works like this. When you enter B.O.S.S. mode, a giant shell appears and you turn into a huge shmup style boss enemy. It has its own lifebar and a timer, both based on the length of your charge bar when you activate (if you are in overheat, you can’t B.O.S.S.!). You stay in this form until one or the other runs out, and when you exit this form your charge bar will be completely empty. Whenever you lose a round, you gain an additional stock.

Like a B.O.S.S.

Like a B.O.S.S.

This mode is very powerful. You can do a ton of damage in it, and it can protect you for a bit if your health is low. But this comes to the reason I really like the system: it feels more like a strategic resource than a tactical one.

So what do I mean by Strategic versus Tactical. Tactical is your plan for right now. How are you going to hit him in the immediate? How are you going to avoid that shot? Strategic is what you are doing to win the match as a whole.

Every time you use B.O.S.S., you don’t just have to consider what is going on in the match right NOW, you have to consider how that puts you in the game as a whole.

Here are a few situations I’ve found where the instinct MIGHT be to jam down on that button, but is it really the right move? Maybe we should consider deeper.

First, you have this situation. You are in Vanish (meaning any hit will kill you), you can mash down the button to enter Final B.O.S.S. mode (an enhanced version that only happens if you are on Vanish) and maybe save the round.

Like a Final B.O.S.S.

Like a Final B.O.S.S.

But let’s take a look at the situation further. How much health does your opponent have left? If he destroys your Final B.O.S.S. mode that is it for the round. What is your stock and his stock like? If he hasn’t used many, and you have, you might want to just hope for the best and do without. If you win, this gives you not only the round, but you save a stock. If you lose, you gain a stock. Granted, if losing would lose the match, it is clear you should just mash the button anyway.

But there are other things to look at too. Does he have abilities up? What are the abilities? Is his charge bar high? Characters like Fabian can tear down your B.O.S.S. super fast with his barrage, and even without it, that charge bar can block a lot of bullets. It could just be a waste of stock, as your B.O.S.S. gets burned out without doing a lot of damage.

Player 2 has Bombardment up AND full charge. Your B.O.S.S. form would go down pretty fast. (Like a B.O.S.S.)

Player 2 has Bombardment up AND full charge. Your B.O.S.S. form would go down pretty fast. (Like a B.O.S.S.)

Or another situation, what if your opponent uses his first stock early in the first round. It does a good bit of damage to you, but you live through it. You could do the same back, but why not sit back and just stick it out. If you are lucky you might even goad him into using it again in the same round. Even with a round loss, going into round 2 with 3 stock (one from the lost, two from your base stock) to their 0 puts you in a strong position.

One time I really do feel it is the 100% always right move is if it is the 3rd round, your opponent hits vanish, and they have a stock left. Jam that button down as hard as you can before they can! So remember, always be mindful of the impact of pressing that button! Not just on the now, but its implications for the entire match.

You’ll get the chance to put these thoughts into action soon, the English demo is on the way! And be sure to wishlist the game on Steam to keep up with release and updates!

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