A few weeks ago, I was made aware of a game by the name of Warning Forever. I had so much fun playing it, that I’ll tell you a bit about it. After that, I’ll tell you about some other similar games that you can get for free that are just as fun.
First of all, I suppose I should talk a bit about Warning Forever. It was made by Hikware, and was released around 2005 (I can’t find when it was first released, but the latest version is dated July 2005). It’s a fixed-shooter, in which you have 180 seconds to defeat a multitude of boss spacecraft. You do get time back for every one you destroy, but lose 20 seconds every time you die. Sounds simple, right? Think again: the more you die, whatever weapon type that killed you will be more prominent in the next boss battle, in order to try to eliminate you quicker – taking the logic that if you were killed by it once, you will be again.
Secondly, Ray-Hound is also made by the same developers that made Warning Forever (I swear they’re not paying me to cover their stuff :| ) I dare say that it’s kind-of like the Mirror’s Edge of ‘shmups, in the way that your ship actually doesn’t possess a gun, and you do not actively fire on your enemies. Instead, your ship has a magnetic field of sorts, and it is used to redirect bullets that are fired on you. You use this to redirect the bullets back to where they came from and remove enemies from the field of play that way. It takes a while to get used to, but it’s also really enjoyable.
I have another great free shoot-em up that I want to cover as well, but as it’s linked to a completely fan-made series (which has gone on to spawn its own merchandise, Japanese anime and manga and so on), I might save it for a separate post. But I will make another post soon enough with a few other shoot-em ups that aren’t quite free but are cheap enough to not leave a massive hole in your wallet.
You can download both Ray-Hound and Warning forever here. Don’t worry, the games themselves do offer the option of both native Japanese and English, and are English by default. Mind you, being shooters, there’s not a whole lot of text to the game anyway, so even it it was in Japanese only, you wouldn’t be missing a lot!