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!
User reviews: Very Positive (204 reviews)
Release Date: Mar 18, 2014

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“Best indie shmup of 2013”

“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.”

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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!


  • 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

    • OS: XP, Vista, 7, 8
    • Processor: 2.0 Ghz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GPU with Shader Model 2.0
    • Hard Drive: 110 MB available space
Helpful customer reviews
40 of 42 people (95%) found this review helpful
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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13 of 13 people (100%) found this review helpful
15.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 1
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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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
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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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 26, 2014
This game has great aesthetics, better than decent SHMUP mechanics, and a blazing soundtrack. This game is intense and keeps you coming back for more with it's upgrade system. I put a good amount of time into this game before it hit on Steam. People on the fence about this game should even worry about clicking the buy button. This is definitely a diamond in the rough. It's sad that it hasn't gotten more notoriety.
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
13.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 16, 2014
With indie games like this on the net I'm still trying to understand why people keep making jokes about Dark Souls difficulty.

And I'm aware that this is not even close to the hardest bullet-hell games. My God.

Nice game and soundtrack though. 7.5/10
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
29.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 27, 2014
So here, lemme tell you, this game is a Vertical Bullethell shooting game, which represent awesome already. Danmaku Unlimited 2 is a well-refined as it contains several factors danmaku games needs. It has beautiful danmaku patterns, fair difficulty, graphic and stuff. This is just so much fun. Totally 9.7/10
P.s. Got some touhou danmaku patterns there! Which kinda lures me though.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 25
A very beautiful and quit addictive bullet-hell game.If you like Bullet Hell games,i recommend this game.

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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 5, 2014
I've been played a lot of Bullet Hell games. In comparision to other shump, this is a short game. You can do a complete run in around 30 mins.

However, it is a very polish game. You can clearly see the care they took in making this game. Stage 5 is very memorable to me on the enemy placement and bullet patterns.

I highly recommend this as a short lunch break game. I also recommend this for players who wants to get into the bullet hell genre - This is a good introduction game.
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 12, 2014
Music: 9/10
Graphics: 8/10
Controls: 10/10
Fun Factor: 10/10

Good graphics, perfect controls, and an awesome soundtrack! The best Shoot 'Em Up I have played in ages.

Keep up the good work.

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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 8, 2014
Great bullet hell shmup with a prog-metal/techno soundtrack.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 18, 2014
What you get:
5stages and an extra boss( as always)
4 difficulties to play with
different modes
music fitting to stages and enemies

Everything from novices up to pure masochists can expect a lot from this game.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 2, 2014
If you have always wanted to get into some bullet-hell action but haven't yet, look no further!
Get this game NOW.

I bought it when it was on sale for $1.99 and it is literally the smartest investment I have made in my entire life. I have never been compelled enough to write a recommendation for a game, until i played Danmaku Unlimited 2

I am a complete noob when it comes to bullet-hell shooters, but this game really got a hold of me. I keep wanting to do better, and a get a higher score - and i can see I am making progress with each subsequent play thru. Fantastic game design - It FEELS satisfying to play this game.

Great designs for all the ships/BGs/UI, love the colour pallette and the futuristic style. Also features some damn catchy music that really puts you in the mood for shooting things.

Great indie game, great entry level into the genre; cannot recommend enough!
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 7, 2014
It's not hard to figure out what Danmaku Unlimited 2 is, I mean it says it right on the "box". This is a bullet-hell 2D shooter, the kind where your screen gets flooded by death and you're expected to survive and get a high-score. While lacking in style, DU2 has the fundamentals down pat, is sufficiently challenging, and can be quite entertaining.

I forgot the plot to this game. It was probably too dramatic and complicated for me to understand.

To start with, DU2 has an upgrade system. It's a little unique in that while you eventually get more points to distribute, you never get enough to max out anything. Your options include increasing your firepower, your ADS (shield), and additional lives & continues. Extra survival sounds nice, but taking damage will severely penalize your score. Unless beating the true boss reveals the best ending since -insert your favorite videogame ending here- I'd consider investing elsewhere. Most of your "upgrades" are going to come the old-fashioned way, playing through the game again and again until you figure it all out.

There are two modes of play, burst and arcade. I'm going to refrain from speaking too much on the scoring systems. If I understood anything at all I'd have scored trillions of points. If I had to guess, I'd say getting a high-score involves lots of staying close to bullets, knowing when to trigger the hyper ability, and keeping that multiplier high. Burst mode is probably a bit easier to figure out, since you can use a wicked laser to build up the multiplier. Arcade mode is easier though, mainly because holding down the fire button provides a homing shot, allowing you to focus almost entirely on dodging stuff.

Honestly, there's not much else to say. Danmaku Unlimited 2 doesn't really throw any curveballs. Once you understand the basics, it's all a matter of dealing with the increasing intensity of enemy fire. Each of the five stages has the standard mid-boss/boss setup, and the bosses themselves are multi-form behemoths with the occasional gimmick. Like I said, this game doesn't do much to stand out in terms of visuals. This can be considered a good thing however. Not everybody wants to play a shooter, where all of the characters are little girls, and they're fighting an army of giant crocodiles over the world's supply of rice cakes.

Danmaku Unlimited 2 delivers exactly what you'd expect out of a quality 2D shooter. It's probably sitting in your Steam library right now, alone and unloved. Take a chance on it sometime.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 5
Bullet Hell can be very intimidating because of its nature of extremely hard and very technical gameplay that need a lot of concentration can be frustrating for a lot of people. Danmaku Unlimited 2 is a rare experience that offers a very good balanced learning scale which brings you into the easy but still exciting play in the early stages and challenging but passable feel in the later, basically train you in the middle of play, hence it's very good especially for newcomers in this genre.

You got three different type of weapons: Focus destroys enemy faster but only shoot in a narrower spread so you need to navigate better through all the bullets. Track and Wide are more suitable for newcomer because you can be almost anywhere in the screen to destroy enemy, although both are weaker than Focus. You can gain and use experience to upgrade weaponry, add armory layers, or increase life and continue counts.

What makes DU2 really exciting is Burst Mode with its risk rewarding mechanism which encourage you to (1) Destroy everything while flying close to the enemies - it gives you more orbs to charge your laser gauge faster (2) Flying as close as possible with enemy's bullets (which called grazing) which not only increasing your score multiplier but charges Trance Gauge as well. Both laser and trance can be utilized to gives you overwhelming attack which able to clear bullets when it gets activated, valuable tricks to get you out from most tight situations. You need to make use every tricks of these risky mechanisms to the fullest to challenge into the global leaderboard.

The presentation in HD is beautiful, all the bullet patterns highlighted clearly and the ship/enemy design is very cool, although you may need a vertical screen to enjoy the view in its fullest (I just rotate my monitor lol) and the blood pumping progressive metal soundtrack from BLANKFIELD is amazingly BAD ♥♥♥. Enough said.

Overall DU2 is a very exciting shmup especially with its Burst Mode risk reward mechanism and offers a very good balanced learning scale which is very good for newcomers, really great gameplay experience with a beautiful HD presentation and full adrenaline soundtrack. Very recommended even though you never play Bullet Hell before.

NB: Thanks for (◕‿‿◕) for gifting this awesome game (yes it's his actual username)
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 7, 2014
Simply put, Danmaku Unlimited 2 is the best bullet hell shooter I’ve played in a very long time. The controls are super tight, allowing for pin-point movements of your ship between waves upon waves of bullets. The hitbox of your ship is obvious and phantom hits are very very rare. Bullet curtains from mini bosses and bosses are obvious (and on some occasions very beautiful), however navigating the plethora of neon projectiles will take multiple attempts.

There aren’t any gimmicks with the gameplay, simply shoot enemies and avoid bullets. You’re super weapon charges over time or after an enemy kill. When it reaches 100% you can unleash a devastating beam of energy that temporarily removes all projectiles and deals massive damage to enemies in it’s path. You get a multiplier to your score based on how many bullets “near-miss” you, that is come within centimeters of your ship without hitting you. You also get bonus points for how close you are to an enemy when you destroy them. For those going on a high score run, it pays to live dangerously.

Bosses are another area in which this game shines. Bullet patterns the bosses force you to dive through are spectacular and very beautiful. Each boss requires a few playthroughs to understand their attack patterns through each phase. As you advance through the game the number of phases a boss increases, making a untimely bullet hit or ship loss even more costly.

The icing on the cake is the price point. $4.99 on Steam or from the developers own site is all you have to pay for this excellent game. This game is perfect for beginners (you can reduce the difficulty to beginner levels) or veterans (you can increase the difficulty to rage-inducing levels). No matter your bullet hell playing level, you will enjoy this game.

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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 18, 2014
great starting point for anyone who might be looking to get into this hellish genre

only downside for me is the fact you can't rebind the movement keys
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 25, 2014
A surprising (and welcome) port from smartphones, this game is much more at home on the PC; touch screen controls are no good.

Technically it's pretty short at 5 stages, but there is a good amount of replayability if you're the type to go for high scores. The alternate modes provide some variation in gameplay, making some things harder or easier. The game starts off slow and easy, but around stages 3 and 4 the difficulty starts to go up, and by stage 5 it's complete mayhem. Unlike some shooters, however, it never feels stupid or artificially difficult; skill goes a long way.

Definitely a solid title in the genre, with an appropriate name.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
15.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 26, 2014
In short : One of the best bullet hell games ever made.

A little longer : You never know how beautiful a wave of bullets can be until you play this game!
It's not big or advanced but DU2 easily makes up for that with great gameplay.
Another thing worth mentioning is that this game has a fair and very well balanced difficulty.
The result is that you never really feel frustrated.
Because of that it is one of the very few shmup games in my library that I play just to try to beat my highscore.
Again and again.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 18, 2014
They took all the leftover bullets from other games and put them into this one.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
12.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 7
Steer Clear
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