Classic Japanese style vertical manic shooting action! Shoot, dodge and explode your way through the second entry in the critically acclaimed Danmaku Unlimited series. Battle through nail-biting bullet patterns and compete for dominance on the global leaderboard!
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Very Positive (298 reviews) - 95% of the 298 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Mar 18, 2014

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“Best indie shmup of 2013”
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“A gorgeous and addictive entry into the bullet-hell genre.”
Pocket Gamer

“Some Bullet Hell Shooters are Too Hard. Some are Too Easy. This One is Just Right.”
Kotaku

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About This Game

Danmaku Unlimited 2 is an indie labor of love to bring classic Japanese vertical shooting action to modern HD systems. Inspired by Japanese doujin shooters and being authentic to a fault, the game features epic stages filled with beautiful but deadly bullet patterns, nail-bitingly difficult boss fights and seriously rocking soundtracks!

Features


  • Authentic indie J-STG style action in 60fps HD.
  • Battle countless enemies as you fight across 5 beautiful, action-packed stages
  • Weave and dodge against unique, exhilarating bullet patterns in epic multi-phase boss battles.
  • Level up and outfit the powerful Senko fighter to suit your personal play-style!
  • Music by the talented Japanese indie group BLANKFIELD
  • 4 levels of difficulty
  • Choose between 2 full-featured game modes
  • Bonus features: Go for a challenge in the Boss Rush mode or practice your skills in the Free Play mode.
  • External controller support
  • Steam leaderboards and achievements
  • Vertical (tate) mode

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: XP, Vista, 7, 8
    • Processor: 2.0 Ghz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GPU with Shader Model 2.0
    • Storage: 110 MB available space
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Overall:
Very Positive (298 reviews)
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CarBitGTSaxen
2.5 hrs
Posted: August 16
I have nothing to say about this game, because there's no words to describe how awesome this shoot'em up really is.

All I will really say is that it's going to be one of the best 5$ you will ever spend on Steam.

Period.
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Temisk
35.7 hrs
Posted: August 12
There are 5 lessons I learned playing Danmaku games;

I. There is always an opening, you just gotta find it

II. Sometimes you just have to fully focus on yourself instead of others

III. To do nothing and stand still can be the right move

IV. Enemies are not there to bother you, in fact they are helping you to score higher

V. Don't get hit.
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killavinchi
0.8 hrs
Posted: August 12
Fire.
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Whitehouse
4.3 hrs
Posted: August 4
Pretty good and easy enough for beginners. Those who would like a beginner's game for danmaku should seriously try this. Pretty short though.
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Flailing Ninja
4.6 hrs
Posted: August 2
It's not broken, but it's cheap. The game plays well and it's a bullet hell that's really short but that's what you pay for. It's up to you if that burger is worth more than this game but it's a real mental struggle.

I give this game a burger/10
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pedrobnb
3.1 hrs
Posted: July 14
MODE PLAYED: Classic
DIFFICULTY LEVEL: Normal

Danmaku Unlimited 2 is a typically Japanese vertical shooter - which means it's loud, frantic, seizure-inducing and amazingly fun!

When the Japanese say 'bullet HELL', they're not kidding; certain levels of this game can become chaotic with how much is going on on-screen. In certain sections, particularly after level 2, it is nearly impossible to NOT take a hit - and bosses are guaranteed to deplete your lives in a hurry (try to get to the boss in Wilde Sau with as many lives as possible - you're going to need them!) In spite of this, however, the game never seems unfair or cheaty - if you die in Danmaku 2, it's your fault. And as noted, you WILL die. Plenty of times.

Part of this is because the game rewards the player for being adventurous. Grazed bullets earn you points, and can help replenish the Trance meter faster. This, in turn, goads the player into becoming reckless and 'showing off' - which leads to warranted and inevitable death. Again, however, at no point does this mechanic seem unfair; it is simply a trick meant to boost the difficulty, and it's the player's own fault for falling for it.

This review could not end without mention being made of the music. While the sound effects are minimal, and nothing you would not expect from a game of this type, this is by no means a downside, as more space is given to the GORGEOUS musical score. Each level is scored by crisply-played, adrenaline-pumping instrumental thrash metal, which perfectly complements the game's ultra-violent, yet stunningly refined atmosphere. It is the kind of music which makes you regret that the soundtrack is not available, and takes you to Bandcamp to see if BLANKFIELD have a page on there.

All in all, then, Danmaku Unlimited 2 comes across as a winner all round. Stunning visuals, smooth controls, hard but fair difficulty, and a fantastic soundtrack all contribute to create a superb retro blast, which would have been a steal at full price, let alone on sale! If you like vertical shooters, you owe it to yourself to get this one!

EDIT: The soundtrack exists!!! GET IT!!!

https://blankfield.bandcamp.com/album/danmaku-unlimited-2-storm-strikers-original-soundtrack
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m0ri
0.6 hrs
Posted: July 1
the fact that the music is made by a touhou circle makes the game good
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EmperorSpore
1.3 hrs
Posted: June 29
Just picked it up and already one of my favourite shumps! Excellent music, beautiful visuals, and nice range of difficulty!
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Tomoko Kuroki
11.1 hrs
Posted: June 28
Wow, its a long time since I felt I could add a new game to my favorite games list, I'm new in this genre but I love it so much and so much and this game is absolutely amazing top down shump, I want to scream the name of the game with a smile on my face

+awesome 10/10 graphics
+a very 10/10 spaceship
+of course 10/10 projectiles
+lets not forget the 10/10 soundtrack
+and 10/10 gameplay

10/10
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DRoKZ
12.7 hrs
Posted: June 27
If you like bullet hell games or want to try your hand at this facinating genre look no further than this absolute gem of a game. Dodge crazy bullet patterns, blow up spaceships and generally cause intergalatic mayhem whilst listening to exotic metal music. Highly recommended; bring on Danmaku Unlimited 3!
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
182 of 214 people (85%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 18, 2014
It's like Touhou, though there are no waifus.

Oh, and, the soundtrack is great.
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43 of 45 people (96%) found this review helpful
Recommended
16.9 hrs on record
Posted: March 18, 2014
I find the simple fact that this is on PC amazing. This game really manages to find the sweet spot in terms of difficulty and mechanics. It also feels really modern while staying true to the old school roots of the genre. The controls are super smooth and they really couldn't be more responsive. The graphics are also smooth and nothing ever feels confusing. I really like the simplicity of the art style as well. The soundtrack is awesome and very appropriate. Everything just blends really well with this game and feels refreshing. If I'd have to point out a downside it would be the tutorial which isn't necessarily the best. But the game gives you enough feedback for you to figure out all the details of what's going on. Finally, just check out the feature description, there seems to be something here for all sorts of fans of the genre. It really is glorious to see all this shmup greatness running at 60fps in HD. It would be a sin not to give this one a shot if you're into bullet-hell.
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43 of 45 people (96%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 13, 2014
Vertical Bullethell shooting games are a big thing. You've seen tons of them at the arcades, the japanese gaming industry pumping out thousands of them, even indie developers like ZUN making ENTIRE SERIES of them. The thing is, that's because they are brutally challenging, aesthetically pleasing, and reward high risk gameplay and daredevil flying, so a lot of skill and high reactions are required. Danmaku Unlimited 2 is perhaps one of the purest examples of such a thing. It's the Bullethell shooter genre distilled into a two-flavoured package.

I say that because DU2 actually has two modes of play. Both are exactly the same game, and the upgrades and progressing you unlock (oh yes there's that too) apply to both modes, but each mode changes the core mechanics of the gameplay.

It's not immediately obvious from the outset, so here's a rundown. You have Burst mode, and Classic mode to choose from when you start a game. Classic Mode is your average Bullet-hell style shooter. You have a ship that's pretty mobile, it has a tiny little hitbox (that nice glowing core on your ship, don't let bullets touch it!), and you can shoot your guns. Your primary fire (Z, or X on a 360 pad) is your wide area rapid fire shooting, and your secondary fire (X, or A on 360 pad) is your Focus ability, which most STG fans will know is where your fire goes to a narrow path straight ahead and is concentrated, all point items on screen are sucked towards you, and movement is slowed allowing for more precision movement. This allows you to weave in and out of the beautiful bullet patterns to "Graze" your ship along bullets. Grazing increases your score multiplier and also powers up your "Trance" ability (C, or Right Bumper on 360 pad), which is the same between both modes - a quick wipe of all bullets CURRENTLY on the screen, and your power is massively increased, allowing you to destroy enemies rapidly, also causing them to drop very high value point items... for a limited time of course. Once Trance runs out, it has to recharge. In Classic mode, it automatically recharges over time.

In BURST mode on the other hand, you still keep your regular primary fire as normal, but your Focus ability is changed to a "Beam" ability. It has all the benefits of the usual Focus mode, EXCEPT that you don't fire again until AFTER you release the button, and ONLY if your Beam gauge is full, sort of like a mini Trance power! The Beam power is STUPIDLY powerful, and wipes out bullets it shoots too, so FANTASTIC for getting out of a tight spot. However you can only actually fire with it if the gauge has enough power in it, and hte more power, the longer it fires for. How do you build up the guage for the beam? You collect point items! Simple yes? Trance is exactly the same in BURST mode, except that in THIS instance you can ONLY build your Trance gauge up if you graze bullets. It does not automatically refill this time. You actively have to put yourself at risk to get it back so you can save yourself in a pinch.

Here's where Danmaku Unlimited 2 really shines. At its core it's pretty bog-standard STG format, with a few little twists (like Burst Mode for example), but it is a game entirely built around risk and reward, ESPECIALLY with the Burst Mode. The closer you are to enemies when you destroy them, the more your multiplier is built up, and the higher value pointitems they drop. The more bullets you graze, the higher your score, the quicker you get back your Trance gauge. The better you do and the further you get, the more 'XP' you get, which grants you more points to spend on upgrades to make your ship ever more powerful.

It's devilishly hard, and a lot of fun... and that's not even mentioning the ASTOUNDING soundtrack by BLANKFIELD. Give it a listen, it's pulse-pounding, adrenaline-fuelled metal and it is GLORIOUS. It's just a terrible shame it's so pricey at $9.99!.. but then you do get the soundtrack for the previous game in the series, the sadly iPhone only "Storm Strikers". Oh well!

(I think there's a Danmaku Unlimited 1 as well, but that's again iPhone only... and may actually be Storm Strikers, I don't know. I can find VERY little details on both Storm Strikers and Danmaku Unlimited 1!)
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28 of 32 people (88%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 18, 2014
Danmaku Unlimited 2 is a fantastic game that has provided dozens of hours of enjoyment (prior to the Steam release) and which has acted to kindle a massive surge in my interest of the incredible shmup genre. In the course of gaming for nearly three decades, I've played many shmups since Space Invaders on the Atari, but have only begun to truly appreciate them in the last year - better late than never! With developers like Cave, Treasure, Raizing, Seibu Kaihatsu, and many more - there is an enormous wealth of quality titles to experience and yet, Danmaku Unlimited 2 holds an important position within the genre in my estimation as a relatively "new" player. While those many other games are awe-inspiring on a number of levels, they are largely geared toward the very practised player and require a level of skill that can be offputting to somebody who is trying to gauge their interest.

Danmaku 2 has the perfect balance of accessibility and ramping difficulty. The mechanics of the game are very clear, and the hitbox of the player ship is obvious and visible. The visuals are crisp, clean, and colourful, without creating any visual confusion, and the music is fanastic and sets a great atmosphere. I feel that Danmaku Unlimited 2 is the perfect "training course" to the greater arena of shmups, and by investing time into this game, my skill level has increased by leaps and bounds in the other games. Still, it's plenty challenging in its own right, and I've yet to 1-continue complete the game on any skill level above normal. I find it a sublime rush to play on the hardest difficulty - with the excellent soundtrack blaring on full blast through my headphones, the screen rotated vertically (Tate) and my arcade joystick sat on my desktop, I often experience a feeling while playing DmkU2 that may resemble so-called "battle calm" - a tranquil trance-like state of absolute focus and heightened response where time seems to slow down and greater reflexes allow dodging through seemingly impossible bullet-hell situations. I can't honestly say I've really experienced anything similar in other gaming genres, and it feels awesome - that's why I find myself becoming avid about shmups! Danmaku Unlimited 2 is a brilliant game, and it blows me away that it's developed by a one-man development studio - I recommend that you pick it up straight away!
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31 of 40 people (78%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 18, 2014
Great game!

Great visuals.
Great soundtrack and sound effects.
Low price.
Not too hard for bullet hell casuals.

A very fun overall game.
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18 of 18 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
15.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 1, 2015
This is both a very accessible and extremely well crafted "Bullet Hell" style vertical shooter. The soundtrack is prog-metal meets ambient dance music in style and perfectly fits the game. The graphics are excellent, and the game play is addictive.

9 out of 10
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41 of 59 people (69%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 14, 2015
Pretty decent vertical shooter.
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22 of 26 people (85%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 20, 2014
Buy Danmaku. Right now. Why?

Great controls. Really, they are flawless.
Fantastic difficulty levels. This game is great for both people who struggle beating the first level in Ikaruga and for people who can beat it while blind.
Leveling up and customizing your lives, continues and additional shot types (focus, track, wide) is great for trying new things in game.
Creative bullet patterns. I was really surprised about some of them, they are really cool.
Nice visuals. Nothing distracting, looking great.
AMAZING soundtrack. I want to throw money at BLANKFIELD.

It's simply an awesome shmup. Give it a try, you will love it.
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12 of 12 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 10, 2014
Danmaku Unlimited 2 is a brilliant little game, in ways that may not seem at first apparent to newbies, or non-bullet hell gamers. What it isn't is groundbreaking, or genre defining. What it is, however, is a master class training program into danmaku shoot 'em ups, and it does it so well i challenge anyone to deny they've improved their skills while playing.

You may have seen games such as Touhou Project, recent Cave titles, or general Japanese Doujin releases and thought "it looks amazing, but i would suck" - this game is for you! DU2 lets you get used to things, before making you work - something a lot of these styles of games lack. I've been playing "Danmaku" games for years and was pleasantly surprised at how configurable this title is, and how much it wants you to get better.

This game is one of the most configurable Shoot 'Em Up's on the market - it goes from easy peasy, to OMFGWTF just happened in a few clicks - catered to your needs, and all the while throwing bullet patterns at you that you will recognise in other such games. Training ;-)

Danmaku Unlimited 2 makes you a better shmupper by design, so if you are so inclined, you'd be stupid not to play it.

BTW, it has a great soundtrack too! Everytime it boots i want to kick ♥♥♥! It tells me to. And so i do.
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12 of 12 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 21, 2014
Danmaku Unlimited 2 is a great japanese bullet hell game for fans of the genre and newcomers. Yes, you read it right: newcomers. If you're new to these kind of games, don't be afraid of all this barrage of bullets you saw on the screenshots; there's an easy mode to start and you can use continues. Between each playthrough you'll rank up and will be able to buy more lifes, upgrade your weapons, etc.

You can choose to play two full-featured modes ("Classic" and "Burst" - the latter is score oriented) and two extra modes ("Boss Rush" and "Free Play"). DU2 has only five levels, but they have good replayability.

This game works well with keyboard, Xbox 360 controller and generic joysticks (it even has DirectInput as an option). The soundtrack is top-notch will keep you on the edge of your chair during your playthroughs.

If you always wanted to try a bullet hell game but don't want to spend much money on something you might not like, I suggest you to try Danmaku Unlimited 2. You'll probably enjoy it. Also, It's cheap enough at the full price and an absolute steal when it's on sale.
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