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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“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.”
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“Bullet Hell action at its best.”
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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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Rockiwan
( 0.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
Where do I begin I was talking to friend about a steam sale. I say to him hey the summer sale has started and he said yep have to cash out. I asked him which games you cashing out on this was one of them, I said huh. Crimzon what he said look it up I was like ok I was instantly :O. WTF! So i got it through another source anyways I played it with keyboard. WOW! the replay value for me will be at about 500 hours one day and when my son grows up he will game on this also. As a longtime fan of the raiden series I was like nothing beats Raiden. I was wrong this game is WOW! Best Dollar I have ever spent. Anyone who gives this a negative because of hardware, get your drivers straight. I play with keyboard wasd and jkl and number 1. This game belongs on the top of the high score games. WOW! just WOW!
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Apo[C]
( 20.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
I'm a simple man..
I see bullet,I dodge it

11/10
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mgelon
( 5.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
Crimson Clover is easily one of the top Bullet Hell games on Steam for me. The graphics and music convey absolute intensity- it really nails the ideal genre aesthetic. CC also gave me a ridiculous gaming high (while beating the extra boss with no lives left)- I felt my body and visual field pulsing through the game / music and time distorted. Any game that can get me there is +++++

CC is worth it at full price, and if it's on sale... you know what to do
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Zapp Brannigan
( 0.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
The game that makes other shumps look like galaga.
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Plutia
( 6.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
This game... wow.... so, I've had this in my library from a long time because humble bundle, but never actually gave it a try, saw a friend playing it a bunch so decided to delve in....
woah.
this is next level ♥♥♥♥ here, to preface, my only previous shmup experiences have been geometry wars 3 and sora *and maybe beat hazard?*, this takes shmup to a whole other level, even on novice, by stage 3 I was done and wen tback to restart on the beginning stages, this game takes insane concentration but it's so fun to finally beat stages you've been trying so hard at, I might not be too qualified to rate shmups yet; but this is by far and large the best i've played, and I'd definitely recommend to anyone looking for a good old school arcade feeling fun time.
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Biggu Bossu
( 3.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 22
Product received for free
100% explosions
0% moe

10/10 no joke no meme
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leronious
( 7.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 16
Boost mode gives you a great sense of momentum. Great game to zone out to.
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Aoi
( 23.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 7
One of the best.

As a fan of shooting games, coming fresh off of many Cave staples, I've come to enjoy Crimzon Clover more than any other. Not only is it my favorite, it has become the new baseline for which I like to judge all others.

Gameplay:
Like most vertical STGs, Crimzon Clover follows many of the same rules set down by the genre. You have 3 ships (later 4) with varying balances of speed and weapon spreads, the standard shot/laser with slower movement, a small hitbox, and bullet clearing bombs. Two things which set CC apart are its enemy locks and break mode.

By holding down the lock button, your ship will attempt to lock on to as many nearby targets as possible. Releasing said button will launch out missiles towards those targets. This design really harkens back to Star Fox; if you're familiar with it, same principle. Unlike Star Fox, though, your score multiplier is based on the continual success of these lock ons. The more enemies you lock onto and hit, in one salvo, gives you a proportionate score multiplier for a few seconds. So, for high score, you’re looking to lock on to a group of enemies, get a high multiplier, use it to gain a lot of points on the next batch, and repeat.

Break mode is the main gimmick of Crimzon. After successfully filling a meter, you have the ability to transform into break mode. The transformation itself lends a second of invulnerability, good for saving bombs and lives. Once transformed, you’re granted several benefits. Firstly, and most noticeably, your firepower increases significantly. It’s likely you’ll be clearing the entire screen throughout the duration. Second, you’re given a higher lock multiplier limit. This means everything you’re blowing up with all those flashy lasers is possibly dumping thousands and millions of points down. If you manage to fill both meters, 200%, you can break again for another moment of invulnerability, and double these benefits. Because this mode is so valuable, most score routes are very defined by when you break.

All other mechanics are simply best in class. The movement feels like any arcade STG. The bosses are challenging yet patternful. The stages do have a nice incline of difficulty and there are certainly a slew of true last bosses to unlock by 1CCing.

Graphics/Sound:
I feel like if the first 5 seconds of stage 1 don’t sell you, nothing will. The bombastic opening fanfare, the emerging of the carrier, launching of your fancy hitbox, and a moment of calm where you’re likely already spamming a screen full of bullets all compose it. That whole slice of cake is a perfect feel for the rest of the game. It’s fast, it’s bright, it’s arcadey, and the music is constantly up-tempo and pumping. This isn’t to say the game’s soundtrack is a cranked burner with nothing in the pot. Stages 4 and 5 especially have these moments where the soundtrack just wanders through amazing moments which fit the onscreen action. I’ve actually come to time many of my routes and timings on the musical cues. The music is there to support the manic action happening on the screen.

Replayability:
I know STG games and bullethell shmups are a tough genre to sell people on. Crimzon Clover offers a nice set of different modes, unlocks, achievements, and most importantly a novice mode. I cannot stress how well done the novice mode is. Do not over pride yourself by going straight into the normal modes without being a veteran of the genre. This game will live up to its root and kill you outright on normal and beyond. That isn’t to say you can’t fully enjoy it on novice. This is equally true for players familiar with the genre. Novice mode will still kill you, and not an easy 1CC.

If you just want to spam continues and bombs and get to the credits, then this won’t be a fun game. These games were not meant to be quarter fed for a win, anybody can do that. The point is to repeat them again and again until you’re able to beat it without using a single continue and/or achieving a higher score than your friends (or the world). All of Crimzon’s replayability is crutched by this design aspect. It is very much an enjoyable game to repeat again and again. It’s fun trying out different ships, different tactics, different routes and scoring strategies, learning boss patterns, etc. I encourage anybody new to the genre, playing this, to go ahead and play through the game a couple times over. Count how many times you continued each run and see how it shrinks, see your high score get higher. Trust me, it’s as addictive as modern rogue-likes, and a reason why the genre is still popular amongst gamers.

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Don’t shy away from the stigma of the genre. It’s a really fun game and well worth the price. You’d be hard-pressed finding a better shooting game, especially on Steam.
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⎛⎝ralph1017⎠⎞
( 5.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 7
Best Shmup game in Steam and PC beside Dodonpachi when it comes out. And this makes Touhou Shmups a child's play. Be ready to strain your eyes finding your jet amidst the glorious barrage of bullets. It's like dodging the rain. And it is Awesome!
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endimilojkoski
( 35.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 6
Best shmup on PC until Dodonpachi shows up! :)
It feels like a Cave game and not like a game done by a single developer!

There is no single flaw I can point out, highly recommended!
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 7
Best Shmup game in Steam and PC beside Dodonpachi when it comes out. And this makes Touhou Shmups a child's play. Be ready to strain your eyes finding your jet amidst the glorious barrage of bullets. It's like dodging the rain. And it is Awesome!
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
35.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 6
Best shmup on PC until Dodonpachi shows up! :)
It feels like a Cave game and not like a game done by a single developer!

There is no single flaw I can point out, highly recommended!
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 25
This game... wow.... so, I've had this in my library from a long time because humble bundle, but never actually gave it a try, saw a friend playing it a bunch so decided to delve in....
woah.
this is next level ♥♥♥♥ here, to preface, my only previous shmup experiences have been geometry wars 3 and sora *and maybe beat hazard?*, this takes shmup to a whole other level, even on novice, by stage 3 I was done and wen tback to restart on the beginning stages, this game takes insane concentration but it's so fun to finally beat stages you've been trying so hard at, I might not be too qualified to rate shmups yet; but this is by far and large the best i've played, and I'd definitely recommend to anyone looking for a good old school arcade feeling fun time.
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100 of 104 people (96%) found this review helpful
Recommended
96.2 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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266 of 348 people (76%) found this review helpful
5 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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58 of 60 people (97%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
623.7 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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60 of 65 people (92%) 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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