Prepare yourself for an insatiable rain of bullets, bombs, and beams in Crimzon Clover. From Japanese indie developer Yotsubane, this retro top-down shooter is a wild ride you won't want to miss out on.
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Release Date: Jun 6, 2014

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August 26

Crimzon Clover and More From Degica are Currently on Sale on the Humble Store!

Crimzon Clover and several other great Degica games are currently on sale on the Humble Store!

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The sale will end in a little over two days, so hurry and grab those games!

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July 20

Crimzon Clover update: Polish Language available!

Thanks to the very generous assistance of CD-Action,
we are proud to announce that Crimzon Clover now has full Polish language support.

For our Polish fans, you can read more about the game here:
http://www.cdaction.pl/artykul-45791/weekend-z-crimzon-clover-cc-jako-dowod-na-sprawnosc-wolnego.html
And here:
http://www.cdaction.pl/news-45788/weekend-z-crimzon-clover-quiz-pod-tytulem-dlaczego-chcesz-zagrac-w-crimzon-clover.html

And can even get hold of the game on a DVD with the latest edition of CD-Action:
http://www.cdaction.pl/news-45773/zawartosc-cd-action-082016.html

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Reviews

“Eye-meltingly ridiculous, and surprisingly enough that actually works. It's wild. This is really, really fun.”
TotalBiscuit

“...when an indie developer [...] comes along and manages to out-shmup the King of shmups, people stop and take notice. That’s the case with Crimzon Clover.”
HardcoreGamer

“Bullet Hell action at its best.”
Computerspiele

About This Game

Prepare yourself for an insatiable rain of bullets, bombs, and beams in Crimzon Clover. From Japanese indie developer YOTSUBANE, AdventurePlanningService, this unique top-down shooter is a wild ride you won't want to miss out on.



Your first step in Crimzon Clover: World Ignition is as simple as choosing how you want to play, and which powerful ship will be yours to command. Choose your difficulty from ARCADE (true to the original arcade game) or NOVICE (better if these are your first step in the world of hardcode SHMUP) then choose your mode from Boost, Original, Unlimited, and Time Attack.

Original is THE main mode, where you blast your way through stage in search of the last boss. Boost Mode will adjust the difficulty based on how proficient you are at devastating your enemies. Unlimited turns each stage into an intense battlefield of bullets that only the most hardcore players will be able to survive. Time Attack pits you against the clock as you race to make the best score possible in about 3 minutes.



Take the role of a skilled pilot in the fight to destroy massive waves of enemies while dodging their unending rain of bullets. Each of the three ships has their own style of standard firing and a unique appearance. The firing style is translated beautifully as you amp your way into Break Mode and Double Break Mode! As you blast through your foes in each stage you can collect stars that will raise your score. Each enemy destroyed helps fill your Break Meter, which allows you to wipe the screen with powerful bombs or, if you have the patience, blast off into Break Mode to add a huge boost to your firepower and let you rip through enemies with ease. That's not the extent of your strength though, as having a full Break Meter while in Break Mode will allow you to enter the ultimately destructive Double Break Mode. Watch your enemies crumble in fear as you turn the tide and fill the screen with your own hellacious rain of firepower!


Having a tough time to clear the game using no continue? No worries. Hit up the Training screen to set up your own scenario using your choice of mode, ship, stage, and freely customize other variables to practice the fight for survival. Training doesn't seem like a bad idea after you see what the enemies are capable of. Can you pilot your craft through the bullet massacre the enemies have prepared for you? Find out as you play Crimzon Clover: World Ignition!

Features:
  • Refreshing Gameplay
    Crimzon Clover puts a much-needed polish on the classic Shoot 'Em Up genre.
  • Sky Blazing Graphics: Beautiful retro-inspired arcade graphics, revived for the modern gamer in HD (1280x768).
  • Super-Powered Challenges: Whether you are new to SHMUPs or an old pro, Crimzon Clover has something for everyone.
  • Cool Replays: Save your best plays to show off to your friends, or to check to see how you can get even better.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP/vista/7/8
    • Processor: Pentium 4 2.80GHz or better
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: Direct3D support
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 800 MB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectSound-compatible sound card
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows XP/vista/7/8
    • Processor: Pentium 4 CPU 3.40GHz(2 CPUs) or better
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce7900 GS eq. or better
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectSound-compatible sound card
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Don Piano
32.6 hrs
Posted: August 29
A very solid arcade style shooter, and one of the best on steam. This game is also VERY friendly to beginners. Easy to complete on novice difficulty, but nearly impossible to master all around. You don't have to be into high scores to get enjoyment from this game, but if you decide to set some personal records, you will find it offers an entirely different experience in play style as opposed to just playing for survival. The system mechanics are dope. If you have a madcats fightstick lying around, it's time to dust it off and get ready for the ultimate in arcade experiences! I don't recommend using a keyboard but if that is your weapon of choice, I'm sure some people can destroy at this game with one. Try not to die and BREAK stuff!!!
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Hattori
6.3 hrs
Posted: August 23
I have a strange relationship with Shmups. They are games that I absolutely adore, where the focus is that primal arcade style of gameplay where the goal is to get good at it and nothing else. And I absolutely suck at them.

So, i'm not an expert on shmups, if that's what you are searching here. However, my review is intended for the people who don't usually play this kind of game and are somehow interested.

Not only is this a shmup, but it's a bullet hell shmup. Those words might send you imediate images of screens filled with colorful bullets that seem completely undodgeable, and you wouldn't be wrong thinking that.
It's a very fast paced and frenetic game where your eyes are completely glued to the screen in awe of the spectacle happening in front of you, making impossible dodges and destroying all kinds of machinery shooting different patterns of bullets at you, complemented by a gorgeous pixel art and a bombastic soundtrack.

The great thing about the game is how it eases you into it, with a Novice mode, which really isnt as easy as the name might make it sound. The bullets are less intense, but you wont make it to the end without wasting a few continues on your first tries.
There is also a great mechanic where you get to use a bullet erasing bomb that is available when you fill a meter, saving your ♥♥♥ alot of times.

Since you dont have to waste quarters to get continues, you have to set your own goals for yourself, otherwise you can just keep on dying and moving forward with unlimited continues.
Luckily the game teases you with secret content if you manage to beat the last boss with just one continue. Even in Novice mode this proved to be a challenging task. But the thrill and rush I got when I reached that last boss on my first continue, beat him and faced the true final boss really was something amazing.
A myriad of bullets flashing and homing on me, as I held on for dear life with one life left. Beating that boss on my first try totally made the game worth it for me.

After that, you have the Arcade mode and the even harder Unlimited mode , which I have no chance of beating on one continue an im totally fine with that, and other modes that slightly change the way you play the game.
People like to be elitists about Dark Souls being a game for "real gamers" and "not for casuals", but this game makes Dark Souls look like a Kirby game. Only a handful of players will master this game.

Buy it for a well spent weekend, and if you enjoy it as much as I do, you might find yourself spending time trying to beat Arcade mode in one continue, even if deep down you know your hands and brain have no chance of dodging every ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ bullet the game is throwing at you.

10/10 would scream at my screen again


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Butch
4.2 hrs
Posted: August 21
What a ♥♥♥♥ port.
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dustdust
0.9 hrs
Posted: August 20
Not that great, but managed to give me a headache after one playthrough. A great seizure simulator game.
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Hamie84
1.0 hrs
Posted: August 20
Touhou, eat your heart out.
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Mr_Furley
1.5 hrs
Posted: August 4
Fun game to just sit down and zone out on.
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Salth
20.4 hrs
Posted: August 2
Shoot ships, get stars.

Go super saiyan, get even more stars.

Go super saiyan 2 and get ♥♥♥♥ load of stars.

Buy it, play it, love it.
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NeoGeoMVS
6.5 hrs
Posted: July 30
very fun game worth the purchase... if you are a shmup fan this should already be in your collection.
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Kutz
12.1 hrs
Posted: July 30
Ima Firen Mah Lazor ! BOOOOOOROOOOOORRRRRRRRRRRRRRRROOOOOOOOOOOO !!!
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The Mi-Go 13
0.8 hrs
Posted: July 22
Add Yotsubane to the glorious ranks of Cave, Atlus, Toaplan, Kaneko, Irem, Siter Skain, Eighting and their ilk. This game is truly bullet-hell; a term often attributed incorrectly to some ShMUps. Crimson Clover earns that monkier in every complex but fair pattern you scrape through, only to be taken out by a flurry of popcorn ships. Wonderful! Buy this if you want a beautiful, challenging shooty challenge. One of the best on Steam.
(My play time does not reflect the total amount of time I've play this game)
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 23
I have a strange relationship with Shmups. They are games that I absolutely adore, where the focus is that primal arcade style of gameplay where the goal is to get good at it and nothing else. And I absolutely suck at them.

So, i'm not an expert on shmups, if that's what you are searching here. However, my review is intended for the people who don't usually play this kind of game and are somehow interested.

Not only is this a shmup, but it's a bullet hell shmup. Those words might send you imediate images of screens filled with colorful bullets that seem completely undodgeable, and you wouldn't be wrong thinking that.
It's a very fast paced and frenetic game where your eyes are completely glued to the screen in awe of the spectacle happening in front of you, making impossible dodges and destroying all kinds of machinery shooting different patterns of bullets at you, complemented by a gorgeous pixel art and a bombastic soundtrack.

The great thing about the game is how it eases you into it, with a Novice mode, which really isnt as easy as the name might make it sound. The bullets are less intense, but you wont make it to the end without wasting a few continues on your first tries.
There is also a great mechanic where you get to use a bullet erasing bomb that is available when you fill a meter, saving your ♥♥♥ alot of times.

Since you dont have to waste quarters to get continues, you have to set your own goals for yourself, otherwise you can just keep on dying and moving forward with unlimited continues.
Luckily the game teases you with secret content if you manage to beat the last boss with just one continue. Even in Novice mode this proved to be a challenging task. But the thrill and rush I got when I reached that last boss on my first continue, beat him and faced the true final boss really was something amazing.
A myriad of bullets flashing and homing on me, as I held on for dear life with one life left. Beating that boss on my first try totally made the game worth it for me.

After that, you have the Arcade mode and the even harder Unlimited mode , which I have no chance of beating on one continue an im totally fine with that, and other modes that slightly change the way you play the game.
People like to be elitists about Dark Souls being a game for "real gamers" and "not for casuals", but this game makes Dark Souls look like a Kirby game. Only a handful of players will master this game.

Buy it for a well spent weekend, and if you enjoy it as much as I do, you might find yourself spending time trying to beat Arcade mode in one continue, even if deep down you know your hands and brain have no chance of dodging every ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ bullet the game is throwing at you.

10/10 would scream at my screen again


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103 of 107 people (96%) found this review helpful
Recommended
96.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 6, 2014
First of all, I must say that I have played the Japanese original 2010 Windows version of Crimzon Clover for countless hours since its release and pretty much loved it. The game was flawless in every aspect: graphically stunning, highly challenging and most importantly, very well designed with great score / gameplay mechanics and sharp player controls.
The "World Ignition" version that just came out takes that great game and makes it even better, without changing its core that we, CC veterans loved. It now features more game modes, one extra ship, better graphics in higher resolution, TATE mode, plus many Steam goodies like Cloud, Achievements and Leaderboards. In my opinion, Crimzon Clover World Ignition is THE shmup of the decade and on no occasion should it be missed or ignored by gamers, shmuppers and non-shmuppers alike, that enjoy great video games made with care and attention by their dedicated developers.
Thumbs up, all the way!
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268 of 350 people (77%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
Recommended
11.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 6, 2014
1000/100

0% moe
120% explosions
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61 of 63 people (97%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
626.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 19, 2014
Let's face it. This game is one of the very best in the modern shoot them up world. If you like Cave games, then you won't be disapointed. It's a sort of mixture between Ketsui (little timer while you have to score before it reach 0 again) Dodonpachi Daioujou or Saidaioujou (with a Break mode, similar of the Hyper system), 4 differents modes to play in Arcade version (harder), 2 in Novice version (easy).

Boost most is a mixture between super fast bullets like Mushihimesama Futari Original when you reach the highest rank, only the difference is, rank is at maximum already at stage 2 if you played good, didn't bomb or die. Adding super sonic fast suicide bullets on top of that.

Original would be a mixture of Mushihimesama Futari Maniac and Dodopachi Daioujou/Saidaioujou. Slower bullets but more busy partterns. In my opinion this is the "easiest" mode of the game.

Unlimited is not for beginner, extremely busy pattern all the time, nothing comparable to this, it's all about cancelling the bullet with your lock before the screen gots too busy. Euphoric, yet very very very hard.

A Time attack mode is also available, only one stage that you have to score as high as possible before the timer reach 0.

To resume, it's a fantastic game that you can play (sort of) cajually or with very complex strategy to optimise your score. Be warned, this game is really really difficult ;)
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62 of 67 people (93%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 6, 2014
Oh My God it's full of stars

*baby floating in space to epic music*

The original doujin release of Crimzon Clover, which came out in Japan only in 2010, was nutso enough, with explosions and lasers galore, a shop where you had to buy continues, levels and even new ship types with in-game currency, and a punishing difficulty that set it apart from the other "bullet hell" shmups out there. WORLD IGNITION, a port of the later arcade release on NESICA coin-ops (again, only in Japan) takes that insanity and cranks it up to twelve - no, twenty.

Now, you don't need me to tell you how to play a top-down shmup, it's like sucking eggs, everyone already knows how it's done. What's different about CC is the Lock-On weapon radar, which locks on to any enemies within its radius and showers them with homing lasers/rockets/sniper bullets of Death (depending on the ship you're using) and the Break System, which amounts to filling a bar at the top of the screen by shooting down enemies. When it's full you can press a button to instantly power up all your ship's weapons for a few seconds, and the display of wanton laser-green devastation is nothing but impressive. But wait - fill the bar again while in Break Mode, and you can press the button again for (wait for it) Double Break Mode, which is like holding a lit match to Magnesium - the brightest lightshow seen in shmup history. It's also good for your score multiplier, too, which helps.

It's a pity that the original game's Shop mechanic never made it back in - it was one of the most original things about the game, and made it a meaty single-player experience, but this seems to be a faithful port of the arcade release, which obviously didn't have the shop, so I can see why it wasn't included. Ah well, the meat of the game is here, and oh so much more, so rest assured that you're getting your paltry entrance fee's worth and more. Better than Jamestown? Yeah, by miles. Better than Ikaruga, though?...I'll have to get back to you on that.
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52 of 55 people (95%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 10, 2015
As someone who likes shooters, but never really had a taste for bullet hell, this is the most mechanically friendly and outright fun genre example that I've played.

Shooters are always a hard recommend to anyone who isn't already looking for one. It's a very niche style of gameplay that tends to play to a very small but dedicated fanbase. However, Crimson Clover makes for a great game to dip your toes into. The mechanics are easy to understand, and the difficulty curve is nice enough that it let's you come to grips with the game you are playing before it starts turning the screws on you. Yet it doesn't feel like an entry level game.

The graphics, gameplay, presentation. and soundtrack are all great. Maybe the only thing this game actually lacks is a co-op mode, but that's just a personal preference. At the price point the game is going for, I'd say pick it up if you are even the least bit curious.
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38 of 41 people (93%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
10.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 27, 2015
This is the game you will measure other bullet hells and shooters by.
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42 of 48 people (88%) found this review helpful
Recommended
20.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 6, 2014
This is one of the best shmups ever made. If you are familiar with the DoDonPachi series, then this game is similar to that. Pick this game up and Ikaruga, which are 2 of the highest quality shmups you will ever find available on Steam.
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39 of 44 people (89%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 6, 2014
In this review, I will cover how this port compares to the original doujin version.

Crimzon Clover was originally released as a Comiket doujinsoft CD in 2010. Brilliant of a game as it was, the act of actually playing it presented nothing but headaches for non-Japanese players. As a western PC gamer, playing CC required either changing your Windows region (provided you could get a hold of the physical game), or downloading a pirated version. And after that, the game wasn't 100% controller-friendly. I remember having to use JoyToKey to get the joystick of my Fighting Stick 3 to function. Nothing too horrible, but the UI of the initial release just wasn't polished enough.

Now we have World Ignition, which is nothing short of a blessing due to the simple fact that it makes CC so easy and painless for newcomers to dig into. No need to hunt down the physical disc or feel any of that pirating guilt! Here's a breakdown of the improvements of this port:

-TATE (vertical screen) mode, which was not available in the doujin version. Nice.
-Training mode now gives access to every stage and boss out of the box, no unlocking required. In the doujin version, you had to unlock each stage (and their respective difficulties) to practice with using the medals you accumulated through each playthrough.
-A new soundtrack has been added. I prefer the original one, but thankfully you can decide in the menu which one you want to hear.
-UI presentation is simply much more pleasing to view and navigate.
-Many, many languages have been added, which is interesting for a game that requires no reading skills whatsoever to properly enjoy. But hey, they're there!
-Online leaderboards, which the doujin version didn't have for some reason.
-Surprisingly, there's a name entry screen (which is odd considering that they could've just used your Steam name), but sadly in this version, there's no tanks in the background to shoot with the cursor. :(
-Gameplay is pretty much the same and unchanged.

There's quite a few shmups on Steam, some are excellent, while many are meh or just plain garbage. CCWI is one of the excellent ones. Get it.
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32 of 34 people (94%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 8, 2014
Before I write anything else, I need to ask you a question: do you like bullet hell games?

If the answer to that is yes, stop reading, skip lunch, and buy Cimzon Clover. It's one of the best games in the genre I've ever played and I can think of no reason it isn't more than worth your money. But simply saying that doesn't make for a very compelling review, especially for the people that for whatever reason aren't already in love with the screen filling insanity of bullet hell games that no doubt take one look at an incomprehensible screenshot and pass it off as just not their thing.

And that would be a huge shame, as more than virtually any game in the genre (save Jamestown), Crimzon Clover is remarkably accessible so much that even a scrub like me was able to clear the game (in only several dozen continues). It's still not an easy game, but it offers a point of entry that's often completely forgotten and makes it immensely simple to enjoy regardless of your skill level, and gives a starting point for those new to bullet hell games to build off of before tackling the higher challenges (of which there are many, ready to break you).

The bread and butter of any bullet hell game though, is the feel of the composed chaos constantly happening on screen, which is something Crimzon Clover understands and executes to near perfection. You're ship moves with a swiftness and maneuverability to allow you to dodge any obstacle, regardless of how overwhelming things can get at times, and this is matched by the sheer power behind every shot which is nothing if not outrageously satisfying. Crimzon Clover also balances nondescript grunt hordes with memorable bosses, sub-bosses, and distinct enemies, leaving little time to get complacent or bored from fighting the same things again and again. It moves at a ridiculous speed and packs so much into every moment that it's almost draining to play for long periods of time. It demands your attention, so much that you almost need to rest between rounds to be able to take it all in.

And what a lot there is to take in. In every background shot, enemy design, bullet cascading across the screen, and even the menu designs there is a level of detail and distinction that almost seems unnecessarily robust, as it's hard to appreciate most of it with how quickly everything moves, but goes a very long way into making a stimulating and interesting visual experience that I kept finding new things in every time I revisited a scene.

Maybe I'm sounding a little overzealous, praising something high and low prior to playing I'd virtually no idea of, but Crimzon Clover is such an amazingly fun experience that it really requires no introduction. It's packed with so many modes, made with such a high level of polish, and fine tuned to near perfection that I can't help but sound so absurdly enthusiastic when I talk about it, nor spend anymore time doing so and continue being held up from playing more.

Full disclosure: Crimzon Clover was reviewed using a copy provided by the developer. You can read more of my writing on Kritiqal.
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