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Hey, everyone! Our Holiday Giveaway was a big success, and we have wrapped it all up. Now, the only thing left is to tell you who won!

Thanks to everyone who entered, shared the word about Degica Games, and/or just checked out a few of our games during the Steam Winter Sale. So now, without any more delay, here are the winners!

Grand Prize Winner

  • $250 in Steam Credit
  • 1 RPG Maker Poster
  • 2 Degica Game Titles of their choice.

A big shout out to our grand prize winner Viktor C!

Runner Up Winners

  • $50 in Steam Credit
  1. Tuxerito
  2. Staci W
  3. Jeffrey D
  4. Ariel P
  5. Daniel M

2nd Runner Up Winners

  • RPG Maker Poster
  1. Jaluna R
  2. Serena R
  3. Kelly C
  4. Wendy T
  5. Zachary A

3rd Runner Up Winners

  • Degica Games title of their choice
  1. Tim C
  2. Jason B
  3. Tim C
  4. Mellowage
  5. Feier S

Congratulations to all of our winners and thanks again to everyone who participated! We’ll be back with another giveaway in the next few months so stay tuned.

Cheers,

The Degica Games Team

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Shmups Beginner Advice Tips #1

Hi there, Nick Palmer, Community Manager again. And as I’ve mentioned several times before in the past, I have really just started learning shmups this year. I’ve got about a half a year of casual shmup playing under my belt now, and I decided that the best thing to do is to tell other beginners some of the little tips and strategies I felt have helped the most.

Now, of course, I’m not amazing myself. I still don’t have a 1cc on any games. I’m not exactly breaking down the doors in the scoring department, but I can see myself getting better and better. And maybe these tips can help you, too. This series will run once a week, 3 tips a week, until I run out of things to say (which if you know me, might be a while.)


Tip 1: Know Your Hitbox!

Your hitbox describes the part of your ship that actually counts as being hit if a bullet collides with it. Now, in some games, it may be identical to the art of your ship. But in a lot of games, especially bullet hells, it is actually smaller than that.

In DoDonPachi Resurrection for instance, the Hitbox only encompasses the glowing dot on your ship. Knowing your hitbox is that small means that in a hail of fire, you can slip more easily between them, or at least know better where you can.

Tip #2: Small Movements > Big Movements

One of the simplest mistakes a lot of people make playing shmups is to overdodge. A bullet is coming for you, so you steer clear to the other side of the stage.

This. Is. A. Mistake. Unless the bullet actually covers all that area on the screen. Shmups are more about small, precise movements than large movements. Those large dodges? They aren’t thought through. They take you off target for shooting, they may make you run out of room to dodge other things. If you dodge large, it should be because the shot was large.

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This shot from Judgement Silversword exemplifies why you want a small dodge. With the shots on the left and right hemming you in, and the center shots tracking, you can very easily run out of room to dodge to either side. Yes, you’ll eventually have to scoot through two of the tracking shots, but small dodges mean you only have to do it about once for each time this pattern shows up.

Tip #3: When in Trouble: Bomb!

This tip is short and a LITTLE more game dependent, but more games than not have bombs, so let’s go with it. If you are in trouble. You’ve run out of room to dodge. You don’t have the speed to dodge. The pattern has you hemmed in. It is time to drop the bomb.

Yes, you have limited bombs. Yes, you can run out. But running out of bombs > Running out of lives.

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As you can see, I’d worked myself into a spot with no escape in Trizeal Remix above, but that bomb can cover for a multitude of small mistakes that landed me there.


These three tips alone I think have helped me a lot. Knowing my hit box, knowing how to dodge subtly, and knowing that it is OK to bomb to save myself, these are all common sense to the shmup veteran, but they are the basic foundation of knowledge that can help you escape noobness, to doing sort of ok.

What tips do you have for fans new to the genre?

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OneShot Fanart Contest Winners!

Thanks everyone who entered the OneShot Fanart Contest! It was a huge success thanks to your participation. We had OVER 9000 entries and 210 fanart submissions! There was so much incredible fan art that we decided to pick 5 Runner Up Winners in addition to the Grand Prize Winner. These talented artists will receive the same prizes as the randomly selected Runner Up Winners.

We also want to thank everyone that helped spread the word about OneShot! The community response has been overwhelming and we are so grateful for all your support.

You can find the full list of winners at the contest page HERE. Winners will be contacted directly with instructions on how to redeem their prizes. Below are the Fan Art Winners!

GRAND PRIZE WINNER: Daniel Root

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RUNNER UP: Ellen Kramer

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RUNNER UP: Megan A

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RUNNER UP: Me

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RUNNER UP: 13thcat

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RUNNER UP: CB

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Steam Winter Sale, Last Chance for Degica Games Deals!

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Winter may not be winding down, but the Steam Winter Sale is! You’ll need games to get you through the long cold months indoors, so act now to get the best prices on Degica Games on Steam! The sale ends at 10:00 AM Pacific January 2nd, so the time to buy is NOW!

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Do you like Visual Novels? Do you like long, intricate stories, that take some strange, but incredibly interesting turns? Then Muv-Luv is the game for you! Muv-Luv takes place over three parts, with this game covering the first two, Extra and Unlimited. What starts as a teen romance comedy will morph into wartorn mecha action, and then, in the third act, still to be released, it will go even farther.

Get into the epic and twisting tale of Muv-Luv today at 25% off!

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Not in the mood for reading, and just want to bash some heads? Then take a look at Phantom Breaker: Battle Grounds! Starring cute pixel characters, this is a straight up beat’em up, you and up to 3 friends, against hordes and hordes of enemies.

Punch, kick, and slice your way through, upgrade your characters, and conquer the boss, all for 80% off!

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Or maybe you just really need to shoot something. Dive into RefRain ~prism memories~ and join 3 hackers as they dive deep into corporate systems using bullet hell mechanics. Featuring some of the most mesmerizing patterns and a unique system of mechanics that encourages being constantly on the offense, RefRain is unlike any other shooter out there!

You can get it for 35% off, but remember, the clock is ticking!

Just like it is ticking on all of these deals! You only have until 10 AM Pacific to buy these games, and many, many more, at these excellent discounted prices, so don’t wait, or you’ll miss out! Buy Today!

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A Look Back on 2016

 

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The Steam Winter Sale continues, as the new year approaches. and while it is important for us to tell you all about the many many games on sale, there is something else we should talk about, too.

Overall, I think looking back at 2016, people will see it, good or bad, for the entire world, as a year of change.

Whatever your opinion on the change in the rest of the world, for Degica Games, 2016 has been a year of overwhelming positive growth, and we owe all of it to the fans reading this right now.

When January 1st, 2016 rolled around, Degica Games was still a fledgling publisher. We had some indie games. We had a couple of bigger names, like Mushihimesama and Crimzon Clover. But this year, we have delivered game after stunning game.

We released 20+ games in 2016. From fantastic shmups like DoDonPachi Resurrection, TRIZEAL Remix, RefRain ~prism memories

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…to Visual Novels like Muv-Luv, Nurse Love Addiction

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…to the fighting game Koihime Enbu and then capping off the year with the hit indie game OneShot.

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And the changes don’t end there. This year has seen massive changes for us internally. As our game publishing has grown, we’ve seen a lot of new faces, we’ve had a lot of people take on new responsibilities, and we’ve had to learn a lot more on the go.

That team, that has solidified throughout the year, is what allows us to continue releasing the games you want. The games that we feel deserve to be seen around the world.

This year, we went from a group of individuals at a company that publishes some games. To being a team at a game publisher. And we’ll forever be grateful to all the fans that made that possible. Thank you so much for continuing to follow our progress. And we have plenty more to come in 2017!

Have a Happy New Year, and hopefully 2017 will be a great year for us all!

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Winter is here, and it is the time to sit inside, wait out the snow, and shoot some alien/future/mech/misc. invaders to pass the time!

And with Degica Games and the Steam Winter sale, it is the perfect time to pick up a shiny new shmup to play with.

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The latest released on Steam from legendary shmup developer CAVE, you can get DoDonPachi Resurrection for 20% off until January 3rd!

This version of the game introduces Black Label Arrange Mode, dubbed Ketsuipachi by fans, for the first time ever outside of Japan, so it is a must have for any CAVE or Bullet Hell fan!

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But that isn’t all you can pick up from CAVE.

All things CAVE on Steam are discounted, some up to 60% off! So it is the perfect time to pick up Deathsmiles, Mushihimesama, or even the CAVE DLC for Taito’s DARIUSBURST Chronicle Saviors!

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And while CAVE is the giant in the room when it comes to Shmups, they aren’t the only game in town. We also have the magnificent Triangle Service Shmups, with games like TRIZEAL Remix, EXZEAL, and Shmups Skill Test, you have plenty to shoot and score.

Or get the whole collection at once with the Triangle Service Shmups Collection Bundle!

And be sure to check out the entire Degica Games Catalog, shmups or otherwise! We’re sure you’ll find a price you like, on a game you’ll love!

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Happy Holidays from Degica Games: Steam Winter Sale

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Twas several nights before Christmas, when all through the house, not a creature was stirring… nah just kidding we hear the clicks of your mouse.

You head over to Steam expecting to get a game for a few cents, but that is when you remember: You forgot to get presents!

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We’ve got your back, not to worry, with new games like OneShot on sale, you’ll get this shopping done in a flurry.

10% off for this charming adventure, if you pick it up for a friend, they’ll like it we’re sure.

But what about a present for you? We have a giveaway going, it’s true!

To learn how to enter, click right through here, what you can win? the prizes are top tier! (And more ways to win coming soon!)

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Then back to the games, off with a flash, with these two games, there are buttons to mash.

Koihime Enbu, just half the normal cost, a copy for you and your friend, just don’t whine when you’ve lost.

Or with Blade Arcus they’ve sliced off over a third of the price, but if you don’t practice, Rage will leave you in ice!

Not good at these games? Well you are in luck! Join us for our stream tonight (5:30 Pacific), Brett and Lark will teach you how not to suck.

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Or maybe you’re looking for something a bit sweeter, you have a friend, who gets upset when you’ve beat her.

Why not take a look at Nurse Love Addiction, 35% off, and it won’t cause any of that friction!

Take a look at our games, whichever you choose, with any of our games, you really can’t lose.

From all of us at Degica Games, even those of us who are in marketing (how lame!), a Happy Holidays we wish, good food, good games, and plenty of opponents to squish!

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Kokurase Ep 3: Same Clients, Major Complications

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Everything was coming up Kokurase with their last case, Kotaro Hino and Madoka Asagaya were on their way to love…

But then. An unexpected complication. The Thin Red Liners! This gang is completely opposed to the work you are trying to do. Can you overcome this villainy?

Let’s take a look at the players

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This team has Kokurase on the ropes and Genji flustered. But you must find a way to overcome! Love depends on it.

Pick up Kokurase Episode 3, or pick up episodes 1-3 for a discounted price right now!

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OneShot is a top down Puzzle/Adventure game with “unique gameplay capabilities”.

When first explaining OneShot to new players, I like to emphasize the meta elements of both the narrative and gameplay. There are a lot of games that have broken the 4th wall in gimmicky ways. One of the most infamous examples is the “back of the box” puzzle in Metal Gear Solid, in which the solution was actually on the back of the physical case. We used this example when first explaining the meta puzzles to GDC attendees, but it’s not quite an accurate comparison.

OneShot has a narrative reason for why there are puzzles outside the game. Early on, the game makes it known that it’s aware of your presence and your unique connection to Niko. The game entity will obstruct your progress by placing solutions to puzzles outside the bounds of the game. It will also talk directly to you through system messages outside the game window.

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OneShot does not break the 4th wall because “there is no 4th wall”. You, the player, are a direct participant in the story.

In addition to the meta puzzles, OneShot also features “real consequences”. This should be evident in the title. In the original game, you only have one shot to experience the game. Once you make a difficult choice at the end, you will never be able to play the game again (at least not without some computer wizardry). Even deleting and reinstalling the game won’t make a difference.

The Steam version will allow savvy players to experience the game again, but the game will still “remember” your choice, so in that sense you still only have one shot. Those who wish to return to the world though might be rewarded with additional insights into its machinations.

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OneShot was originally developed by nightmarign and mathew for the 2014 IGMC. The game was developed under a tight time window of 30 days and so some elements of the game were rushed. The Steam version of OneShot is in a sense, the full vision of the original game; the story the developers always wanted to tell.

For those who have played the IGMC version, here is a list of some of the key differences between the two versions:
-The extended version of OneShot is roughly TWICE as long as the original.
-The story is now fully realized, with many new areas, characters, dialogue and lore.
-There are new in-game and “out of bounds” puzzles. Some of the previous puzzles were also reworked.
-Major graphical updates to all areas of the game.
-Additional music tracks were also added.

OneShot has been a labor of love from the beginning and it really shows. YouTubers have also commented on how there is something special about the experience of guiding Niko through this decaying, pixelated world, full of quirky characters. You can watch ManlyBadassHero to see firsthand how his connection with Niko and the game worlds deepens over the course of the playthrough: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pqht1ZzUI9o

CLICK the button below to purchase OneShot on Steam!

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DoDonPachi Resurrection: The Modes

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Hello again, everyone! It’s me, Adam Milecki, Game Producer for Degica Games!

In case you haven’t heard, CAVE Co., Ltd’s legendary bullet-hell shoot-’em-up series is finally coming to Steam with DoDonPachi Resurrection! Last time I talked about the story of DDPR and the various characters therein. Now it’s time to talk modes.

Do you like modes? Depeche Mode? Pie a la mode? How about gameplay modes?  You’ll be able to explore the complete DDPR experience with 8 different modes. Here’s the rundown (and this is just the basics!)…

  1. Normal 1.5: This is the original arcade game, but refined and expanded for maximum enjoyment and challenge. Additions include a new ship, two more score digits (for those of you who just score too darn high), and more.
  2. Normal 1.51: Try a different scoring system and control schemes in this Cave Matsuri special version. This rare version of the game originally appeared in 2010 at CAVE’s yearly festival known as Cave Matsuri. Ooo, how exclusive!
  3. Arrange A (ver L): A newly arranged mode with unique mechanics and a powerful ship borrowed from DDP Blissful Death. In addition, you’ll get more even more of the DoDonPachi story from this mode. No promises on if they’ll explain what’s up with all the bees, though.
  4. Arrange B (ver B): Play single stages in this very different and highly customisable mode. The game will learn how you play and challenge you appropriately. Just don’t call it “Skynet”.
  5. Novice: A crash course in bullet hell for newcomers! This is the Normal 1.5 mode, but less difficult. We won’t look down on you. Everybody starts somewhere!
  6. Black Label: A new, powerful method of attack and a new final boss await! The new attack comes with a price: Red Mode. Red Mode makes the game more difficult, but can be very beneficial for your score. Beware the Red menace.
  7. Black Label Arrange: Control the Tigerschwert ship from KETSUI in the first official international release for this mode that combines KETSUI and Black Label! Two great tastes that taste great together.
  8. Black Label Novice: Experience Black Label with less difficulty! Ain’t no shame in practice. From what I hear, it “makes perfect”… We’ll see about that.

If that heapin’ helpin’ doesn’t satiate your addiction to modes, then perhaps you can’t be helped.  Keep listening for the sound of buzzing bees, because DoDonPachi Resurrection will be here soon!

♪“All I ever wanted… All I ever needed… is modes… and more modes… Other games are… unnecessary… They don’t have many modes…”♪

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