The second chapter in one of the most loved and respected Japanese shooting game series ever: The Tale of ALLTYNEX by Japanese indie developer SITER SKAIN. Carefully crafted play experiences, destructive fun, and absorbing gameplay have made the ALLTYNEX trilogy renowned in shooting game communities.
User reviews: Very Positive (83 reviews)
Release Date: Mar 27, 2014

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"From the acclaimed SITER SKAIN, RefleX's enjoyable bullet reflecting mechanic that doesn't distract from traditional, frantic bullet-hell fun."

About This Game

The second chapter in one of the most loved and respected Japanese shooting game series ever: The Tale of ALLTYNEX by Japanese indie developer SITER SKAIN. Carefully crafted play experiences, destructive fun, and absorbing gameplay have made the ALLTYNEX trilogy renowned in shmup / shooting game communities, both in Japan and overseas.

Story
Many years have passed since the ALLTYNEX incident and humanity’s resettlement of the Earth. The world’s nations have joined to form a unified economy and a global militaristic government. However, in opposition to the worldwide mass oppression, a resistance organization arose: Valkyness.
The decades long conflict between the Global Unified Army and Valkyness is suddenly interrupted when an alien force arrives seeking vengeance on humanity for atrocities inflicted upon their people.
Earth's war against the Raiwat leads to a surprising ending that reduces almost the entire planet to scorched earth, brings mankind to the verge of extinction and sows the seeds of the events to follow in KAMUI.

Features
  • 8 stages of action and massive boss battles!
  • Use the reflective shield system mechanic for perfect defense or to powerfully reflect enemy attacks!
  • Carefully crafted dramatic developments to match the in-game story progress!
  • Take on a diverse roster of enemies: from the Global Unified Army forces to the Raiwat invaders and their apocalyptic living devices!
  • Features Arcade, Training and unlockable Soundtrack mode!
  • Steam Trading Cards

Coming to Steam soon:
The other two installments to The Tale of ALLTYNEX trilogy, KAMUI and ALLTYNEX Second!

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Microsoft Windows 2000 / XP / Vista / 7 / 8
    • Processor: Intel Pentium4 1.4GHz or better
    • Memory: 128 MB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX 8.1 or above and Direct3D with 64MB or more of VRAM
    • Hard Drive: 200 MB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectSound-compatible Sound Card
Helpful customer reviews
11 of 12 people (92%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 4
Good Old School shoot'em up, thats all nothing moar.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 25
This game may not have the best graphics "amimations are a little choppy" but the gameplay, music and controlls are outstanding. The game is pretty hard and I only recommend to fans verticle shoters because you need quite abit of skill to progress in this game. This game is simmular to the old turbo graphixs shoters and arcade shoter. I give it a 8/10 must buy!
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
7.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 4
There are a lot of bad 2D shmups on Steam. This isn't one of them. In fact, it's pretty dang good. If this had came out on the PS1 or Saturn, it'd have been a big deal, and that's a high compliment.

Straightforward controls. Straightforward mechanics.. Shield bounces back bullets, which is the key mechanic. Old school pixel graphics. Old school rock solid collision detection. Old school bullet overload.

If any of that appeals, you should be looking out for this!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
20.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 3
Reflex is a older Bullet Hell game that was recently ported to Steam.

Graphics are similar to the 16-bit era, rather simplistic but still appealing.

The music is, like a lot of BH games, highly addictive. Personally, I feel that Angel Dust (Entropy battle) and Air (Stage 6) are the best in game, though The Scorpions Poison (Scorpio Battle) is a close runner up.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 9
great japenese indy shooter everytime you play you go a bit further with its great learning curve graphics are great loved playing iti would give it an score of 8 out of ten
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 6
FANTASTIC vertical shmup with an instrinsically satisfying gimmick: Your button that isn't "shoot" reflects projectiles and laser beams allowing you to focus on combat rather than power-up collection. Great graphics and mesmermizing Mode 7-esque sprite rotation sucks you in as you respond to manic bullet threats from all sides and all dimensions. I much prefer horizontal shmups but this one grips me like few shooters can. I can't really compare it to anything properly but it definitely brings me back to playing Truxton on the Mega Drive or 1942 in the arcade.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
6.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 6
Featured in Bullet Heaven HD, Episode 96!

***Nyu-Media is back with one of the finest Doujin shooting titles Steam has ever seen! RefleX is the second part of the Tale of Alltynex Series from renowned Doujin group Siter Skain and offers slick shooting goodness with simple gameplay and scoring mechanics. But how does it stack up?***

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BbN57xnDMAs
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 16
A fantastic top-down shooter.
In RefleX your goal is to shoot down all the enemy ships while not being shot down yourself.
You are aided by a shield, which reflects enemy bullets and shooting enemies down with reflected bullets awards double the points.
Their is a catch though as the shield can only be used for a limited time before needing to be recharged and you cannot shoot while you are emitting your shield.

Reminincent of a certain other top down shooter, you spend a lot of time dodging very narrow gaps between enemy bullets and reflecting (homing) shots back at the enemy. Simple yet intuitive and a lot of fun!
If you like top down shooters you will enjoy this.

The sound effects are sufficient and the music is great.
If you aren't into bullet hell games but enjoy shooting things and making explosions then this game is for you (as well as Broforce, I suppose).
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13 of 15 people (87%) found this review helpful
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: March 27
Short Answer: Yes, this game is amazing. Buy it now!

Long Answer: I picked up this game last year from Nyu Media's website, and I'm glad it finally made it to Steam. Yeah, I've got a few buddies I'm going to corrupt with some Alltynex goodness.

There's a great sense of design behind this game. From the way the levels flow into each other, to the progression of escalating boss fights, everything looks in place.

Even the unique bullet colors have consistent meanings; some can be absorbed, some can be reflected, and some can be shot down. Knowing when to shoot, when to reflect, and when to just let off the fire button and recharge, is the key to victory.

The scoring system comes naturally. Use the reflect feature well, and get big multipliers. It's great fun sending off a mass of reflected bullets and homing lasers, followed by some giant x64 kills. Or for those who just want to play to the end and enjoy the spectacle, continues are awarded on a regular basis to aid progress.
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23 of 34 people (68%) found this review helpful
6.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 27
Do you like shmups? Do you like bullets all over the screen? Do you enjoy good electronic music? WTF are you doing looking at this review? BUY THIS GAME YA FOO!
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18 of 25 people (72%) found this review helpful
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 10
If you are a fan of old school top down shooters or "bullet hell" games like this, then I highly recommend RefleX. Otherwise you might want to spend you $7.99 somewhere else.

I have a full video review here
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XfClTywPP-w
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15 of 20 people (75%) found this review helpful
7.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 29
Finally the renowned doujin Shoot'em up trilogy "The Tale of ALLTYNEX" is getting released on Steam. Starting with RefleX the second game in the series.

Gameplay:
Polished and intuitive, the key mechanic of the game is your ships relfecting shield. When activated the shield reflects bullets, but your ships energy is drained fast and when it gets low enough the shield stops working and even your weapons get weaker. So using the reflector-shield requires timing and strategy, mastering the game requires a lot of pattern recognition, good timing and knowing when to use the shield.

Sound:
The sound design is spot-on, catchy electronic retro music. With nice sound effect feedback from explotions and hits.

Graphics:
Looks basically like an Arcade game from the early 90's. But with some modern effects like lensflares and transparencies. It's pretty good looking for a low resolution 2D game, but the animation is somewhat lacking. The explotions and lazer effects look however satisfying.

Overall:
Impressive for a Doujin game, this could have passed as an professionally produced Arcade game in the 90's. I would recommend this game for any veteran fans of the Shoot'em up genre, the gameplay and music is top notch. But the graphics do look dated, and it is a shame that the developer did not allow making modifications to the game, so it is missing Steam achievements and leaderboards. Also the game lacks configuration options in-game, you have to find the config executable in the steamapps/common/RefleX directory.

For people completely new to the genre, out of the games available on Steam I still recommend starting out with Ikaruga. The only reason being it looks modern and has a great well polished PC port with full Steam features. However RefleX is likely more fun and easier to grasp than Ikaruga for beginners, but not everyone will accept the dated look.
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 28
Okay, so this, along with the rest of the Tale of ALLTYNEX trilogy, is widely regarded in shmup circles as one of the best doujin (Japanese indie) shmups ever, and it really is very good. The gameplay revolves around your ability to produce a reflective shield, similar to Giga Wing. If you kill an enemy with a reflected bullet, you get a score multiplier for a little while. If you continue killing enemies with reflected bullets while the multiplier is still active, it goes even higher, to a maximum of x64. You can't just keep the shield on all the time, though, as you have a limited amount of energy for it, which recharges while you aren't using it, and does so more quickly if you aren't shooting. Speaking of shooting, your firepower is tied directly to how much shield energy you have left. As an aside, you don't get a traditional lives system in this game. Instead, you have a health gauge which is fully repaired at certain points. Whether or not you will prefer this to a traditional lives system is subjective.

As for the presentation, the music, graphics, and story are top-notch. I have nothing more to add there. My only real complaint here is that this version of RefleX doesn't have the Steam overlay (even though ALLTYNEX Second and Kamui will), so you'll need something like Puush if, say, you want to take a screenshot of your personal best score. There are also no online leaderboards (also something the other two games in the trilogy will have). Overall, though, if you haven't bought this yet, go ahead and do so. It's awesome.
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8 of 12 people (67%) found this review helpful
13.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 27
Hey, who remembers good ol' Reflection?

The gameplay is famous and satisfying, and while the reflection mechanic may start to feel OP, it quickly reins you back in by obliterating you and telling you not to get cocky.
The soundtrack is saddening, with an impressive number of themes.
There's a strong underlying sense of tragedy even without knowing the plot, à la Radiant Silvergun or Ikaruga.
Graphics feel classic without feeling too dated, but then again, I'm biased and this may not be enough for those who have a strong interest in impressive visuals.
Unfortunately, performance can be shaky for some, not enough to inhibit proper play but just enough to be mildly irritating at times.

Would I recommend it to shmup fans? Beyond doubt.
Would I recommend it to those who aren't big on the genre? Perhaps not, not just yet.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 1
RefleX is a bullet hell shoot-em-up with the traditional oldschool graphics and inferface. Secondary attack activates a self-recharging shield which blocks or reflects enemy attacks. Everything here is excessive - the explosions, the starting firepower, the enemies. And while a lot of this has been done to death, there were actually quite a few moments in RefleX that made me say "Wow that's pretty cool." Admittedly the game didn't hold my interest for very long, but I think it's still one of the better titles in this genre.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 27
Fairly decent shoot-em-up with an interesting shield mechanic (absorbs some shots while reflecting others) and scoring system. Like any shoot-em-up of this nature, it's very challenging, but still fun for a while. Recommend using a controller for this game.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 30
Made by reknowned doujin circle Siter Skain, RefleX is generally considered to be the best out of the Alltynex Trilogy of doujin shoot-'em-ups, with the other two gmaes in the series being Kamui and Alltynex 2nd. RefleX features a shield system where your ship can activate an impenetrable shield that not only protects you from enemy fire, but also redirects certain enemy fire back to the enemies! However, energy for the shield is strictly limited, and can only be replenished quickly by not shooting. As such, the game demands that you know when and when not to shoot, shield, and send lasers back, and that demands practice.

Thankfully, the game gives you extra continues whenever you get a game over, so you will eventually see the end screen if you persevere. However, we all know that that's not how shmups are meant to be played - and the game will only record your high score if you don't continue, in line with that "one credit completion" mentality. So practice, persevere, go beyond your limits and post that 1CC hi-score for all to see!
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
19.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 27
It is a good shmup. If you like shmups, you got it. Nothing else needs to be said really.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 11
Amazing shmup! The excellent visuals, music and enemy designs will lure you in, the intense action will keep you playing. While the patterns are a bit too bullethellish for my taste it ultimately didn't matter - RefleX is an excellent effort and possibly my favourite shmup on Steam right now. The reflect-system that is in place provides a nice dynamic between firing your lasers and avoiding bullets to recharge as well as using reflected shots to score the big points.

I gotta say: I love Stage 3 - it stands out the most for me. It is a massive space battle among many capital ships - it is so epic! Gigantic lasers and all. And it reminds me nicely of one of my favourite shmups ever (Raystorm). In fact, the storyline told pretty much exclusively through gameplay is what kept me going - the game just goes completely bonkers towards the end.

It's the kind of grandeur and scale that only japanese arcade games could provide for the longest time - and RefleX is a nice throwback to the old days of screenfilling bosses, massive explosions and destruction on a global scale and it does so without any waifu-fanservice (which is a big plus in my book).

It should provide plenty of challenge for the casual shmup-player (me!) as well as the truly hardcore who have to 1CC everything. Can't wait for the next games in this series and would highly recommend you give this game a try.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 27
As always, RefleX kicks ♥♥♥ in way imaginable. Although I really like RefleX, Kamui nails the spot. Going back, RefleX reminds me A LOT of Samidare from Rebrank, as they both implement shields and whatnot. However, Samidare is more bullet-hell while RefleX is more unique. The atmosphere, gripping storyline, and beautifully made stages and bosses seperates RefleX from other shmups. The music is amazing, beaten only by Touhou and CAVE's games. Really concrete game, overall. I highly recommend this game for people starting out shmups or for seasoned players, such as me. Excellent for your collection of shmups and is sure to played for a long time.
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