Cave Classics Come to Android

The shmup specialist brings Mushihimesama Bug Panic and Deathsmiles to Android devices.

News by Pete Davison, .

Cave's games, while expensive in comparison to some other mobile games, are among the best pure arcade experiences you can have on a phone or tablet.

The company has brought many of its arcade classics to iOS devices over the years, and even developed some original titles exclusively for mobile devices. You can read about some of them in our Ten Great Bullet Hell Shooters feature from a while back.

Android users have been left out in the cold a bit with regard to Cave shooters, though a couple have made the jump. Today, Cave's MasaKing took to Twitter, apologized for it being a while since he'd tweeted and then announced that both Mushihimesama Bug Panic and Deathsmiles had been quietly released for Android devices on July 18. Like past Cave Android ports, the new releases are the work of G-Gee by GMO rather than Cave itself.

Deathsmiles (above) is one of my favorite bullet hell shooters, combining a neat Gothic aesthetic with accessible gameplay and some truly fantastic music. It's one of Cave's stronger efforts, and the mobile port in particular adds a ton of extra content over and above the arcade and console originals.

Mushihimesama Bug Panic, meanwhile, is something of a departure from Cave's usual fare in that it's not a traditional bullet hell shooter. Instead, it's a top-down dual-stick action adventure in which you fling seeds at enemies to defeat them while attempting to make your way through the maze-like environments. There's an element of light puzzle-solving and exploration, and a Rez-style lock-on mechanic encourages you to try and set up chain reactions of enemies for maximum score.

You can grab Bug Panic here, and Deathsmiles here.

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  • Avatar for bouncingjunk #1 bouncingjunk 4 years ago
    Do these kind of games play well on phones or the Nexus 7?
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  • Avatar for pjedavison #2 pjedavison 4 years ago
    @bouncingjunk Surprisingly well, actually. Cave have touchscreen controls for these sorts of game down to a fine art, even on the small screen of a phone. I recommend playing on something with a slightly larger screen, though, just to make it a bit easier to see what you're doing.
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