The Nintendo Switch continues to be a success for the company, thanks to the multitude of games to keep fans entertained. While series like Super Mario remain evergreen, the Switch has also dabbled with other genres. This includes the bullet hell style of games, where players must survive a barrage of offenses.
Bullet hell games aren’t always associated with the Switch, meaning not everyone knows the best available on the console. But there are several that offer a fun experience that both casuals and hardcore gamers can enjoy. It’s worth checking out those that offer a good mix of action and genre-based gameplay.
Such is the popularity of Ikaruga that it was ported to the Nintendo Switch more than two decades after its original release. Ikaruga was considered revolutionary at the time for its polarity feature. Here players can change the nature of the ship under their control to be attack-heavy or defense-based.
It’s a vertically scrolling shoot-em-up game with a barrage of projectiles unleashed by enemies. That’s why you need to be mindful of when to be defensive and when to fire your guns best. Ikaruga works well whether you want to play it on a handheld or at home on the Nintendo Switch.
9 Enter the dungeon
Enter the Gungeon allows up to four players to engage in bullet hell fun. While it can also be enjoyed in single-player mode, the best entertainment comes from Enter the Gungeon’s arcade-style gameplay. The goal is to guide the protagonists through dangerous floors to find an almighty weapon.
Along the way, you’ll need to eliminate just about everything in your path, as enemies arrive en masse. The wide variety of weapons at your disposal brings a level of diversity to the gameplay. Players can choose which weapons they think pack the biggest punch. Enter the Gungeon has the perfect difficulty level to challenge you to see it all the way through.
8 Jamestown: Legend of the Lost Colony
Games in the bullet hell genre are often over the top, and the best ones fully embrace this aspect. Jamestown takes this to extreme levels, with a conflict on Mars in the 17th century. It’s as bizarre as it sounds, but the marriage of different time periods and steampunk aesthetics works perfectly.
There are multiple factions shooting at each other at the same time which makes it an adrenaline pumping game to play. Jamestown’s controls are similar to most shooters, so little time has been spent learning its intricacies. All in all, if you like uninhibited atmospheres then this is the best game to satisfy that urge.
7 Attack Android Cactus+
Assault Android Cactus+ aims to give players their money’s worth. There’s a lot of content to choose from, ranging from single player, co-op and difficult, time-consuming challenges. It’s a throwback to classic games where aggression is key, but the quarter-down camera and level morphing also give it a modern twist.
Assault Android Cactus+ may feel packed with too many elements, but you can also choose to go the easy route and just shoot enemies. Those who want to test every available option can choose between primary and secondary weapons, and hone your skills to get through the tough challenge-based missions.
6 Don’t die, Mr. Robot!
Don’t die, Mr. Robot! is an interesting take on the bullet hell genre, where fruit is used as a weapon. Unlike other robots seen in gaming before, Mr. Robot largely defenseless. But the protagonist can avoid enemies by dodging fruits that will redirect his enemies to make them explode.
Don’t die, Mr. Robot! is as casual as it gets, which gives it an evergreen quality. Of course, the difficulty increases the longer a playthrough lasts. You need to be exceptionally adept at dodging, as the screen is filled with enemy projectiles and fruit being flung around.
Archvale combines bullet hell with RPG mechanics as players lead the protagonist around the world. The action is balanced with plot relevant moments where you have to find out where the legendary Archvale is. When things get going, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by the hordes of enemies.
Your combat skills will be put to the test with the many backgrounds that offer different types of enemies to fight against. Archvale may sound terrifying, but it’s presented in such a way that the RPG moments complement the battle sequences perfectly. There’s also plenty of room for you to devise your tactics while battling enemies.
Rabi-Ribi is about the main character who ends up in a mysterious land and turns into a human from a rabbit. She must find a way back, encountering enemies who want to get her. The primary gameplay surrounds dodging the plethora of attacks from nearby enemies.
Rabi-Ribi’s recon aspect gives him more legs to extend his running time, while the main goal is to take out the bad guys before they can get to you. Being a 2D sidescroller, make sure your jumping skills are good as there aren’t too many places to dodge.
3 Wildcat pistol machine
Wildcat Gun Machine is a dungeon crawler that holds back nothing when it comes to enemies. You have everything from monsters to mech robots and carnivorous beasts to fight. It helps that the protagonist is equipped with various weapons and explosives to take the fight to the bad guys.
Wildcat Gun Machine offers a lot of action within short bursts as certain parts of the game have a lot of action to keep up with. But the fun keeps ticking the further you get to the end. What it lacks in terms of diverse environments, Wildcat Gun Machine easily makes up for when it comes to keeping players engaged in constant battles.
Furi is a clear contender to be one of the hardest indie games released. Contrary to the game norm, there are no normal missions. Instead, Furi focuses entirely on boss fights from start to finish. The protagonist has to escape from a prison made up of ten different islands.
Furi combines bullet hell with hack-and-slash and shoot-em-up mechanics to give each boss battle a unique flavor. Although you can attack in different ways, bosses will always rain bullets that you must dodge to survive. It’s more than likely you’ll die multiple times, but the risk is worth the reward.
1 Just Shapes & Beats
Just Shapes & Beats proves that rhythm games can be both exciting and part of the bullet hell genre. While there are no real bullets here, you have to dodge many different types of shapes that move to the specific piece of music that is playing.
Failure is an inevitable part of the game as the shapes get bigger and more complex the longer your game goes on. But players will be motivated by the prospect of outlasting others. It’s one of the hardest bullet hell games ever made, so if you go the distance, you’ll be among the elite.
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