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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September 1

Steam Shmups Sale, Two Triangle Service Bundles, and an ESCHATOS Contest!

The Steam Shmups Sale is on now, we've got two new Triangle Service bundles, and we're holding an ESCHATOS contest!

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First, here are the bundles. Make sure to get them while the sale is going on! The individual games and their OSTs are on sale too!...

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Finally, we have an ESCHATOS contest! Here's the details...

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That's it for now. It's almost too much!... almost!

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

“...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.”

“Bullet Hell action at its best.”

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!

  • 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

    • 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
    • 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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11 of 11 people (100%) found this review helpful
36.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 20
One of the best of its genre. Bet on it.

-Exelent presentation
-Polished gameplay
-Nice scoring mechanic
-Novice and arcade difficulity setting
-2 main diferent modes with diferent bullet patterns and scoring/boost/break mechanic .
Only in arcade mode -Unlimited mode (hell mode) and time atack mode(diferent stage)

Go for it

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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 23
My first real venture into shmups other than some homebrew games for handhelds more than a decade ago...

Even full price this game would be a steal, but now that it's on sale even more so. Bullet hell games have a reputation of being hard to pick up, but this one has a few modes that really help you ease into it. It's just fast, fun gameplay and the visuals and audio are spot-on.

My only concern is that I'm now interested in more games in the shmup genre, and it just might be all downhill from here.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 6
Words can't describe how AWESOME this game is. By far one of the best bullet hell shmups of the last years.

Addictive gameplay, great OST, beautiful presentation and many more. (game modes, score system, online leaderboards and of course: BREAK MODE!!!)

May be chaotic to the eyes cause we're talking about many, MANY bullets on-screen, but you're gonna get used to it really quickly.


In short, if you're looking for the modern king of shmups, then give Crimzon Clover: WORLD IGNITON a go. And trust me, you won't be disappointed.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
32.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 5
Crimzon Clover World Ignition is the best STG I have ever played.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
23.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 17
A review for those who are - like myself - new to true Bullet Hell games

I've played my fair share of super hard games like most gamers who grew up in the 80s. But with that said, while I'm a veteran of the Gradius, Darius, and R-Type series, and I grew up with all the old staples like Xevious and 1942, I've never played what I would term a "true" bullet hell before. The closest I ever got was some of the old Raiden games in arcades back in the day.

But by the time daijun games really started to take off in the West, I like many gamers had moved on from 2D and arcade to more immersive 3D fare. It's only been as I've aged that I've
begun to desperately pine for the old ways. And as such, I've found myself this month on a massive shmup kick.

So if you're like I was, you might wonder what exactly this game is all about. What makes this game different than other shmups you may have played? What exactly is a bullet hell game
anyway? Are they just insanely hard? Do you need the reflexes of a Jedi Knight ninja on speed to stand any chance at all? What's it all about?

The absolute basics

Bullet hell games are essentially vertical shmups (or Shoot 'Em Ups) with one defining characteristic that earns them the name: absolutely harrowing difficulty. You will have to be at your personal peak of hand eye coordination to play this sort of game as you meticulously maneuver through razor thin spaces amongst projectiles and lasers which at times fill the screen dizzyingly. This is not a game for the faint of heart. It's brutally difficult, and it's meant to be.

These games also often lack weapon upgrades or other customization options, as is the case
here. Instead it's all about pure twitch gameplay and success against overwhelming odds through sheer skill. It really is a refreshingly "pure" form of gaming that goes back to the roots of the industry.

You have two attacks in the game - your frontal laser, which by default fires forward in a wide spread, and a lock on/homing attack which you can hold until locked on to the maximum possible number of targets, or release sooner for quicker strikes. The longer you hold it, the more powerful the attack will be, and the higher the temporary score multiplier you'll receive for your laser shots for a while. While locked on, you move more slowly, and your frontal lasers condense into a tighter band of energy covering less of the screen. Maneuvering between projectiles while changing speeds and attacks in this way, and knowing which to use when, makes up the entirety of the challenge.

As you defeat enemies, you earn stars (called stardust in-game,) and these contribute to your
score, and your break rate. Your break rate is the speed at which your break meter fills. Once
full, you may enter break mode, which intensifies and speeds up your attacks. If you double your break meter, once in break mode you may press the button a second time to enter double break, for even more damage.

By deftly using this to rack up stardust and points when your multiplier is high, and not allowing your break rate to fall too low (it will drop to half of what it was during break mode roughly once you return to normal,) you can try to rack up your score by continually cutting through the most dense waves of enemies while in break or double break. If your break meter fills beyond a red demarcation line, but is not filled, you can also press the break button to clear the screen of most enemies and projectiles with a "bomb" attack. It's usually a panic button in practice when things get overwhelming, especially against bosses.

You have three ships to choose from at the outset. One is slow but has a broad laser attack. The other is middle of the road in speed, and has a variable laser width. And the third is the fastest, but has the narrowest laser width. I personally find Type-III to be the most effective ship... other than the unlockable Type-Z.

The game is only 5 stages long... but I haven't beaten it yet on Novice after 20 hours. :) It's glorious.

Yes the game is hard... really hard. But you can still enjoy it.

The beautiful thing about bullet hells is that they harken back to an era where gaming was still distilled to its barest fundamentals: pew pew. Shoot the things that move, don't get hit. You get hit, you die. It's a simple premise, but if you're never played a game like this before, it can be profoundly overwhelming prospect even for an extremely experienced gamer. But one of the equally great things about the arcade lineage of these titles is that they're all about scoring. As such, when you run out of lives, if you choose to continue your score is completely reset... but continue you can! This means if you're a complete beginner, you can still experiment with the game and try to get to grips with it by dying an unlimited number of times and still seeing all that it has to offer from a sheer content standpoint.

Of course, in my opinion you'd be robbing yourself of the beauty of this sort of game. As I said, I've never played this sort of game before. The closest I ever got to something like this was the Raiden series in arcades. And it's in arcades that the "kind of gamer" I really am was forged. I was never a score chaser. I was always someone who loved to play the games, but was primarily in it to challenge myself... not other players. Some games (like Hang On) I was actually pretty decent at. But many I would be happy just to beat at all. I was always the kid who stood around and WATCHED the other more competitive players strut their stuff.

It's taken until this era of Twitch for people to appreciate spectating games again but back in the day it was almost just as fun to watch someone trying to beat the local high score for hours, as it was to play yourself. Crimzon Clover is a fantastic game for that sort of experience. You can play Novice difficulty if you aren't great at bullet hell style games, and still get an INCREDIBLY stiff challenge. You can also play co-op with another player (local - no online... if only!) if you like, or just sit back and watch them play. It really does take me back to those childhood days in the arcade, just doing my best to get a little more stage... one more boss... one more wave... one more high score.

And it should be noted that I absolutely SUCK at this kind of game. But it's still an absolutely invigorating blast to play on Novice. Just hard enough to be brutal, without feeling like there's no hope! Trial and error; Improve. And if you're more skilled, then hop into Arcade Mode. Or if you think you're an absolute master of the genre? Take a crack at Unlimited Mode. There are also time attack modes, and Boost, which massively increases your score.

Personally, I refuse to use the continues (but did use Type-Z ship )

Set your own goals for yourself! It's a great first timer's bullet hell, but fantastic for vets too.

Old arcade look and feel

You know that hyper-grainy, yet imminently smoothly animated, high contrast, high color look arcade games used to have? This game, unlike some bullet hells, EXPLODES to life with that precise aesthetic. Even the narrow in-game window contributes to a sense of playing on a cabinet (and there's TATE, rotation, stretching, etc. if you want to.) Just gorgeous.

Some issues do exist on the technical front. See this topic for details:

So who's it for?

If you love straightforward, PURE gameplay driven shmups, and are in the mood for a BRUTALLY HARD game, but one of the best of its kind, give this game a try.

Who should pass on it?

Anyone looking for a long shooter with many more levels, & upgrades or customization. This game is repetitive challenge, not duration. A true arcade game.
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106 of 110 people (96%) found this review helpful
98.3 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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267 of 350 people (76%) found this review helpful
10 people found this review funny
11.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 6, 2014

0% moe
120% explosions
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63 of 65 people (97%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
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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65 of 70 people (93%) found this review helpful
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
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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0.2 hrs
Posted: October 24
only button that works is "Q". does anyone know hpw to fix that?
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Soft G
2.2 hrs
Posted: October 23
Lots of fun. Satisfying difficulty. Needs cute 2D grils to be 11/10.
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1.3 hrs
Posted: October 23
My two month old daughter loves sitting on my lap and watching me play this game as the seizure inducing explosions and colours put her to sleep! 10/10 would recommend to children everywhere!
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9.6 hrs
Posted: October 22
I've never played a shmup or bullet hell before now with the exception of an hour or two in Jamestown. Now I can't stop. This game is amazing, and the greatest adrenaline rush I've had in gaming in a long damn time.
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17.4 hrs
Posted: October 22
My eyes hurt so much aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

This game is completely recommended for people who play shmups quite frequently or are at least attempting to get into the hardcore shmup genre. Amazing graphics, extremely addictive gameplay, really well-thought out shot-types and awesome music. If you can shell out a bit more cash for the alt soundtrack and the OST, go ahead and do it. Worth every penny. This game is the pinnacle of the indie shmup genre, and it's definitely worth a look at if you have the time (and dexterity) to play it.

2hu still good tho
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3.0 hrs
Posted: October 22
Very good game. prepare to dodge bullets A LOT !!!!
Japanese Barrage Game... lots of fun.

Worth the buy :)

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0.1 hrs
Posted: October 21
Watch out ! This game doesn't work properly on a state of the art PC. It boots but does not respond to any keys other than Q for the menu. No other keys seem to function and neither does the mouse. Unplayable - I suspect a mobile game with a crap port. Shame.
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