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.”

“...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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Biggu Bossu
( 2.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 22
Product received for free
100% explosions
0% moe

10/10 no joke no meme
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( 6.8 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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( 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.

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.

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.

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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( 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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( 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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( 1.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 24
Crimzon Clover is a beatiful shmup with a ton of crazy visuals, multiple ships, and some great levels and bosses. If you're a fan of the genre you'll probably love this game and if not, it's a good stepping stone into it.
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( 14.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 17
Awesome like DoDonPachi and Ketsui: Kizuna Jigoku Tachi. Don't miss it!
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( 2.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 16
A wonderful retro-style bullet hell with fantastic music, killer enemies and fun shoot'em up gameplay. 10/10
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( 0.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 15
Another Amazing Shooter! So hard, yet so fair! One of those shooters that puts you in a rhythm where you feel in sync with the game! This is a must buy!
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( 1.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 5
Bullet Hell fans, really, do not miss out on buying Crimzon Clover WORLD IGNITION! Non-Bullet Hell fans, really, do not miss out on getting good at this game, you won't go wrong starting with this title. In generic terms. this game's controls are really tight, soundtrack has you immersed in the beautiful light shows of mass destruction. The boss fights only escalate in a cresscendo of thrills and satisfaction upon victories. The levels and patters are tough, but also really fair. It ends up being your fault for getting courner in a fight where you had to draw an eight figure until they're down, for example.

In game-related, the Break system is pretty brilliant. Shoot down as many targets as you can, hold it up, and get great shot power. Or dispense your charges and neatly clean up the entire screen of bullets and enemies whenever you find yourself in a corner. The three modes will help you learn to pilot each ship, but there is a lot of potential in exploring a lot of ways to beat the highest score, as well as your test of tenacity and determination.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
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
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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100 of 104 people (96%) found this review helpful
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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265 of 346 people (77%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
11.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 6, 2014

0% moe
120% explosions
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58 of 60 people (97%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
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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59 of 64 people (92%) 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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42 of 48 people (88%) found this review helpful
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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37 of 40 people (93%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
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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39 of 44 people (89%) found this review helpful
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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