The shooting (STG) game we had the pleasure of playing some time ago has been drastically improved and extended, and the resultant near masterpiece is now available for download.
The game is now rather fantastic – it has the obligatory midi techno soundtrack, beautiful retro sprite witches, a good deal of challenge and length, the addition of five teams of witches (each with their own specials), the addition of a full scoring system, pantsu collection, and floating Mios saying “Wahaha!” (see the score screen).
There are plenty of nice touches too, such as the way Eila picks up Sanya so she can use homing missiles… Play and see for yourselves.
You may of course wish to pay a visit to the official site; it’s not clear whether a doujin soft release is in the works or if this is intended as a free release (the download is a “trial”), but if so the author certainly deserves our support in either case.
B(X): Special attack (varies with character)
L(A): Speed up
R(S): Speed down
Y(V): Bonus point usage (can clear the game even without using these)
A – Z
B – X
X – C
Y – V
L – A
R – S
START – Space
SELECT – Enter
2. Power up gauge (collect white pantsu to max, allowing access to the green pantsu item, which gives an extra attack level)
3. Magic gauge (used for support character special attacks)
4. Boss/enemy health gauge
Score system (not required for regular play):
1. Current score amplification
2. Bonus time gauge
3. Bonus time usage counter (how many time it can be used)
4. Points earnt in bonus time
A: Yoshika, Lynette, Mio: Balance ATT + DEF
B: Gertrud, Erika, Minna: Nazi Blitzkrieg ATT + SPD
C: Charlie, Francesca: Special Balance SPC
D: Mio, Perrine: Special Attack SPC-ATT
E: Eila, Sanya, Yoshika: Balance ATT + DEF
The teams in detail:
A Team [Balance Type + Defence)
Control Unit (Yoshika)
[B button] Magic Shield
(Usable when gauge at MAX, gauge will auto-refill, refills faster when not shooting)
Bomber type that blocks enemy bullets/lasers
Fires Piercing Bullets (when Reene comes into contact with enemy bullets and units)
Sword Slash (when Mossan comes into contact with enemy bullets and units)
B Team [Attack Type + Speed Attack]
Control Unit (Gertrud)
[B button] Steel Frame
Destroys enemy bullets, can be used to destroy enemy units too.
(Speed lever neutral + B button) Steel Frame will circle around Gertrud when moving
(Speed lever pressed with specific direction + B button) Steel Frame will be fixed at that angle
*This team cannot reduce movement speed
Storm Rush Attack (when Erika comes into contact with enemy bullets and units)
Magic Shield (when Minna comes into contact with enemy bullets and units)
C Team [Special Balance Type]
Control Unit (Charlie)
Unification: If seperated, will join with Francesca when come into contact
[B button] Fires Francesca if joined (Special Attack)
*When seperated, holding down the B button will pull Francesca towards Charlie
When firing Francesca (Nullifies enemy bullets/lasers + can attack/shoot), a blue magical trail will remain on-screen. Even so, Francesca can still nullify enemy bullets/lasers and attack/shoot
D Team [Special Attack Type]
Control Unit (Mio)
[B button] Sword Slash
Nullifies enemy bullets/lasers, attacks (depletes gauge)
[Counter Attack] Auto-activate depending on Sword Slashes of enemy bullets/lasers/units
Lightning Shock nullifies enemy bullets around Perrine (when Perrine comes into contact with enemy bullets and units)
E Team [Balance Type + Attack]
Control Unit (Eila)
Unification: If seperated, will join with Sanya when come into contact
[B button] Fires Sanya if joined (Special Attack)
*When seperated, holding down the B button will pull Sanya towards Eila
When joined with Eila, missile attacks gain homing function and the ability to nullify enemy bullets
Magic Shield (when Yoshika comes into contact with enemy bullets and units)
Scoring/Bonus Point System:
● Normal Points
Each hit on an enemy unit gives you 10 points.
● Core Parts Bonus
When enemy crafts medium-sized and above are destroyed, their core fragments (Red) will scatter and float around. 50 bonus points are given to each attack shots at these fragments.
※ There is no judgement for attacking core fragments.
● Bonus Point Button (I couldn’t come up with a cool name for it, please tell me if there’s anything better)
When invoking this (by pressing the Y button), you will score double points in that fixed period of time.
If you activate it again while it is already activated, the bonus points will multiply by 4x, and 4x will become 6x, etc…, each consecutive activation will increase the bonus point increment rate.
At the beginning of each stage, the number of enemy units which hold the Bonus Gauge Special is fixed to start with “3”.
Each time you get a green pantsu from enemies along the way, it will keep increasing the gauge by +1.
When destroying a medium-sized or larger enemy craft during activation of the [bonus time] by pressing the Bonus Point button, it will appear.
Each swimsuit gives you 1000 points + 300 increment to the bonus gauge.
The MAX for the Bonus Gauge is 1200, and each frame will automatically reduce the gauge by -1.
Each time the Bonus Gauge hits MAX, the increment ratio is increased by 1.
Big thanks are due to Black Waltz, who was kind enough to write up the Witch specials and scoring system in the last two sections.
This should be everything you need to know.