Humanity is at war against vampires and deviants. Mankind's last line of defense is a group of children trained to wield powerful magic that can rival the demonic hordes, but at the cost of most of their lifespan. Likened to bullets of a gun, they are known as the ‘Gun Bullet Children’. The time is NOW!
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Mixed (398 reviews) - 49% of the 398 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Aug 2, 2012

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Includes 3 items: eXceed - Gun Bullet Children, eXceed 2nd - Vampire REX, eXceed 3rd - Jade Penetrate Black Package

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Includes 6 items: eXceed - Gun Bullet Children, eXceed - Gun Bullet Children Original Soundtrack, eXceed 2nd - Vampire REX, eXceed 2nd - Vampire REX Original Soundtrack, eXceed 3rd - Jade Penetrate Black Package, eXceed 3rd - Jade Penetrate Black Package Original Soundtrack


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Humanity is at war against vampires and deviants. Mankind's last line of defense is a group of children trained to wield powerful magic that can rival the demonic hordes, but at the cost of most of their lifespan. Likened to bullets of a gun, they are known as the ‘Gun Bullet Children’.

The time is NOW! A vampire invasion force has been detected in the airspace above Tokyo Portal 5. Preliminary reports indicate over 500 vampires and accompanying Killings Dolls with reinforcing hordes of deviant humans. The first line of defenses has been obliterated and the Gun Bullet Children are scrambled to launch a counter-assault and stop the invasion.

Key Features:

  • 3 playable characters with individual storylines
  • 5 stages of bullet hell and boss battles
  • Slowdown feature for precise maneuvering
  • Graze system that will test your nerve and charge your super-weapon
  • Original Japanese import version with English language manual
NOTE: In-game Japanese text will not be displayed correctly unless the OS language is set to 'Japanese'.

System Requirements

    • OS:Windows Vista®, XP, Windows 7
    • Processor:Pentium 1.0GHz or better
    • Memory:128 MB RAM
    • Graphics:Intel 915(900) or better
    • DirectX®:8.0
    • Hard Drive:172 MB HD space
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 25
yeah im done with this game ... totally harder ...
the pattern of shot its too narrow so i must carefully too hid it ...
yep, this game made me rage a lot , till sometime i do tableflip for what? i dunno ..
eventually i ended this game with proud !!!!111
about the voice actor ... its best for the portion of lolies ahahaaha
and also the art is not bad at all im enjoyed this...

well Bullet-hell should be Bullet-hell rite??!1!11
6.7 , it is nice game dude
i would go to the next series , keep ahead dude
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62 of 72 people (86%) found this review helpful
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 17, 2014
Ok guys, this recommendation is more like guideline, so im going to tell my opinion about this game right now, if you are new on this game, just bought it or something, check out the text down there, it might help you out. But now to the game itself:

+ Really good few hour gaming experience
+ If you are new to bullethell or you want to try it, add this to your cart when the next sales comes (Or download touhou), its so much fun.
+ The trading cards are worth about 0,20€ each.

- No proper instructions
- Pretty expensive compared to the length of game (If on summer sales or winter sales, totally worth it)
- Pressing ESC will shut down the game (Not pausing)
- Needs English sub patch if you dont want to see random symbols

And now my guide for the starters of this game:

Okay, first thing I'd like to let you know about this game is that THERE IS NO ENGLISH SUBTITLES UNLESS YOU DOWNLOAD THE PATCH FROM THE INTERNET. There is really simple Guide by hum79 that can help you get that thing done.

Now to the game. In the beginning, you select options with arrow keys. To select, you need to press Z. Also you might want to try the PRACTISE MODE before you try the MISSION mode, just to try the characters. Also if you are new to bullethell games, my advice is to change the mode from NORMAL to EASY from options (Unless it already on EASY).

Now lets move to the gameplay, which might feel a little weird at the start of the game. You shoot from Z, Slow by holding X and use your BOMB pressing C. You also have this bar on your left which will fill when killing enemies. When its full, release Z (Shoot) and press it again to do decent damage blast. At the start you have 3 lives and 3 BOMBS, but you can collect these blue crystal-like pieces from enemies. When you collect them you can gain extra life. The enmies also drop Purple crystals that are called "Reinforcement". When you collect the amount that the bar on your right side shows, you get the reinforcement and start shooting more bullets and much faster.

Well thats pretty much it I hope this recommendation helped someone, if not, im terribly sorry. Have a nice time playing this game!
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48 of 53 people (91%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
5.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 6, 2015
Exceed - Gun Bullet Children is like Touhou.So,for those Touhou fans,try it out thou.The game runs with a low resolution (640x480 which can't be changed) and no english.If you wanna the english translation,you can get it here
Z=Shoot/special power
X=Slow movement
V=Pause the game
Ctrl=Back to main menu
ESC=Exit the game
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101 of 143 people (71%) found this review helpful
10 people found this review funny
51 of 66 people (77%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 29, 2013
eXceed isn't a terrible game, but it is an entirely inessential one. It gets the fundamentals of a bullet hell game right but does nothing unique to distinguish itself, and with so many other similar, better games to choose from (including two superior sequels) I'm at a loss to come up with any reason to spend time with it. The overly compressed graphics and audio, and the inability to save or continue a previous game also cause it to feel particularly dated and archaic, presuming you actually manage to make it work.

I can't exactly call it broken, but eXceed has major problems running on modern computers. For reasons I'm still unclear about it's virtually impossible to get the originally intended 60fps on anything but ancient hardware, and with the speed of the game directly tied to the frame rate less than that is functionally like playing in slow motion. With enemies and bullets moving at a snails pace the action changes from fun and challenging to downright boring. I'm not joking when I say I had more trouble keeping myself awake than completing the first three levels, at which point I just couldn't take it anymore.

Outside of for free I wouldn't recommend eXceed, and even then only to those with an old computer lying around to play it on. Everyone else can skip straight to the sequels and not miss anything, as the original is now little more than a placeholder.
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27 of 36 people (75%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
185.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 8, 2014
If you loved Touhou you will love this game too.
It's really challenging and fun to play I could play this for hours

+ cheap
+ japanese girls
+ 60 fps
+ hours of fun (I guess I'am the only one)

- if you can't understand japanese you have to download a english patch
- you quit the game if you press the escape button or minimize it
- controls
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42 of 63 people (67%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 1, 2013
The first game in the eXceed is a straight Japanese import version, which means it has no english dialogue, for neither text nor voice
There's also no resolution settings or windowed mode option, so it always runs at a small resolution but full screen
If you have to choose one of the games from the series to buy, i'd not recommend this, pick up 2nd or 3rd instead
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55 of 88 people (63%) found this review helpful
49 people found this review funny
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 1, 2014
cant get pass the main menu, will tag as hardcore 10/10
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19 of 28 people (68%) found this review helpful
6.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 29, 2013
The first eXceed is a decent danmaku (aka bullet hell, manic) shooter. Although it pales in comparison to its sequels, by itself it is enjoyable, and has challenging boss fights.

Scoring mechanics are pretty simple, with a bullet grazing system to charge up your special attack. The game has an automatic death bomb option, which triggers a bomb (as long as you have one) when you're hit instead of you losing a life. It's a good option for those inexperienced with the genre. Controls and gameplay in general are tight and work as they should. Boss battles are entertaining and challenging, but the levels feel a bit too easy in comparison.

Visually, the game is a mixed bag. It runs only in fullscreen, at 640x480. The presentation is pretty basic, and the game way overuses the colour red (red is my favourite colour and I still feel this way). This overuse is also my main gripe with the game. As all the enemy bullets are the same shade of red, along with many other effects sometimes filling the screen, it sometimes feels like my eyes are twisting themselves in a knot and it's hard to distinguish the tons of bullets flying around for a moment, resulting in a lost life. The UI is also annoyingly hard to read for the same reason. The backgrounds vary from boring, to nice but the same smallish picture scrolling over and over. Certain effects, like explosions and boss phase switches, look good.
The soundtrack is awesome as is often the case with bullet hell shmups.

For replay value, the game has three difficulties, plus three characters with completely different weaponry/abilities requiring different tactics to clear the game. The game can be played in Story, Arcade (i.e. with or without dialogue/story), or Practice Mode, but sadly there's no high score or replay saving.

tl;dr, eXceed - Gun Bullet Children is a solid, fun danmaku shooter covered with a flawed presentation. The original game is only in japanese, however there is a patch to get the official english script into the game ( ). It's also more newcomer friendly than many other titles in the genre, thanks to the auto-bomb and relatively simple scoring mechanics. Recommended for both veterans and beginners of, and anyone interested in, bullet hell shmups.
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11 of 15 people (73%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 17, 2015
I'm not one for writing negative reviews, but as much as I want to like this game, I find it difficult to find anything positive about it aside from the soundtrack. For starters, there isn't much in terms of enemy variety. Throughout the game's five stages, you'll be fighting off 4 or 5 different enemy types, then the boss. That's pretty much it. Also, the controls are fairly basic... but there's no official controller support. Even if you manage to get a controller to work on it, you'll find that there's NO DIAGONAL MOVEMENT, which means you're stuck moving up, down, left and right. Another thing that hurts this game is getting it to run on newer machines. Unless you download the Microsoft Application Compatibility Tool, the game is stuck at 30 FPS. One more thing that hurts it is that there's no English subtitles. So unless you're fluent in Japanese (which I am not, but wish I was), or have downloaded a patch, you won't understand what the characters are saying, let alone anything story-wise.

However, I am told that the later games are far better, so I will definitely give those games a try. As for the first game, unless you're an absolute die-hard bullet-hell purist, avoid this game.
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0.1 hrs
Posted: August 23
This game does not run well on a AMD A10 7300 Processor nor does it run on a AMD ATHLON X4 740 Processor.
On both systems my main PC fails to upscale the game properly even with a HD RADEON 7750 1GB CARD but on my recently purchased Gaming Laptop it upscales properly with a HD RADEON R6 with 1GB internal graphics but the game suffers from the lack of a poor Framerate.

I sampled eXceed 2 and 3 and they run very well at a consistent and stable 60FPS but as for the 1st installment the game from starting the Story Mode the FPS drops to a staggering 5 to 1 FPS and the game is virtually unplayable and having no customisable video options to adjust.

I bought this Trilogy Bundle through a Steam Sale so the first game does not run but the other 2 does so it's not that much of a loss due to the fact that I can still get my Bullet Hell Fix with the other 2 games so buyer's beware of the lack of Framerate support with eXceed 1.
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art is dead, nothing is real
7.7 hrs
Posted: July 22
only bought it for that free trading card monies
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3.5 hrs
Posted: July 19
Very nice game.
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0.7 hrs
Posted: July 11
An ok shooter game.
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19.4 hrs
Posted: July 8
Hey this could be better!
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0.9 hrs
Posted: July 4
silky smooth 15fps👌
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1.4 hrs
Posted: May 3
bullet hell + trading cards
awesome soundtrack
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1.7 hrs
Posted: May 1
Unless You Want A Game That Both Ruins Your Resolution And Claims To Run At 500FPS But In Fact Runs At 5FPS Then This Is The Game For You. The Other 2 Have Better Frame Rate. Don't Buy This One. Buy The Other 2 Instead......... THIS GAME SUCKS!!!!! WHY IS THE FRAME RATE BROKEN!!!!!

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2.3 hrs
Posted: April 15
I had high hopes for this when u first got it, even crafted the badge as a symbol of my excitement. Sadly it did not deliver. Some say the game plays a bit too much like Touhou Project, but no games of that series are currently on Steam so I give it a break for it. I will not say this game is not well made because it is. It just performs terribly. Right out of the box their is all kinds of delay, lag and frame rate issues that make an otherwise very fun game tiresome. My PC is not the stongesr and certainly needs some newer parts. That said it can run bigger, more hardware intense games than this like a breeze so why does this game run like ♥♥♥♥? I've heard the other games in the series do not have the issues thus one does so I will get it a second chance and advise anyone reading this to do the same. As it stands this game is not fit for selling on the Steam market as of my last time playing it.
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