Hangeki is an arcade style shooter that emphasizes the use of over 50 spectacular weapon. Formulate new strategies and take on the alien invasion in this reimagining of the classic shoot em up.
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Release Date: Aug 11, 2014
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"Bullet Hell Space Invaders with crazy powerups. This makes my eyes very happy and is super fun to play. Definitely grab this on a sale."

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March 21

March Update

Mostly optimizations this time, but we've added a new mechanic to hopefully clarify the purpose of the "Hangeki" more.

Using the "Hangeki" now causes enemies to drop coins. These coins have diminished value.

We've noticed many players hold on to the "Hangeki" in hopes of getting more coins by doing so. This is never a good strategy as the small amount of extra meter you gain by doing so is offset by the meter decay that happens when not hitting enemies.

But don't worry, the amount of meter you'll end up with throughout the level is about the same since the "Hangeki" coins have reduced value, ( basically the amount you would have obtained if you manually cleared the wave with meter decay taken into account ).

Full list of changes are below:

  • Using the "Hangeki" now causes enemies to drop coins. These coins have diminished value.
  • Brighter moon in Nebula.
  • Global scores load things more intelligently.
  • Level assets are preloaded in the menu. So mid-level stutters should no longer happen.
  • 3D assets are no longer loaded for 2D mode.
  • Score loading will no longer overload the connection with too many requests.
  • Minor graphical bug fixes.

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October 3, 2014

Friend Filtering in Hangeki

Leaderboards are great, but competing against strangers isn't always fun when you're ranked 324th. Hangeki actually already has a way to filter by friends, here's a cool infographic to explain the simple process to do that:

Infographic here!

We've also released a new update with a few tweaks to streamline the tutorial as well as numerous visual improvements.

Thanks for playing!

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About This Game

Rethink everything you've come to expect from a shooter game.

A game made by fans, for fans, Hangeki seeks to infuse a classic genre with new ideas. Utilize multiple spectacular weapons to decimate the enemy, and formulate new strategies as you take on the alien invasion in this reimagining of the classic shoot em up.

Intense arcade action
Fight against waves of enemies using a diverse arsenal of weapons. While the first levels may start out easy, the later parts of the game will pose a formidable challenge for even the most hardened shooter fan.

Highly Competitive Design
Everything in Hangeki has been designed with competitive players in mind, starting with the scoring system. All levels are scored by time. No arbitrary points. No arbitrary multipliers. Just you, your skill, and a finish line. How you get to the end is completely up to you. Will you play it safe and focus on staying alive? Or go full aggressive and burst down the waves at the risk of getting hit. Or maybe somewhere in between, the choice is yours.

Multiple Game Modes
10 main levels, over 15 challenges, Boss Rush, Endless, and extra stages. Everything you'd expect from a game like this and more.

Over 50 Weapons
Lots of weapons, each one unique. Try out different combinations and come up with your own strategies to decimate the opposition.

Local Co-op
Fight with a friend. All main levels support 2 player local co-op.

Global Leaderboards
Compete on a global scale for the best times on levels. Whether you are a seasoned bullet hell player, or a dedicated speed runner, Hangeki has been built from the ground up to be competitive. All leaderboards show the weapons other players used, facilitating a rich metagame where you can get ideas for new strategies and tactics.

Full Controller Support
Play with a keyboard. Play with a controller. Players demand the right tools, and Hangeki supports whatever your preference.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows Vista Service Pack 2
    • Processor: 2.5Ghz i3 Equivalent Processor
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX 9 Compliant Graphics Device, Radeon 5450, NVidia 8600
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Hard Drive: 512 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: 2.8Ghz i5 Equivalent Processor
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX 9 Compliant Graphics Device, Radeon 5770, NVidia GTX 470
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Hard Drive: 512 MB available space
Helpful customer reviews
5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
10.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 20, 2014
edit: このゲームは日本語をOKです!

Hangeki is a simple tactical shmup that supports two local players. It's pretty well done with a focus on having a vast array of diverse weapons that you can unlock as you clear stages and challenges. It starts of simple, with you keeping up a combo by destroying enemies and picking up items constantly to level up and unlock your stronger weapons, which also require keeping that combo bar up. This combination will keep you always at the edge trying to destroy things as fast and efficiently as you can.

When a wave reaches a "critical" point after destroying enough enemies (shown on the upper side of the screen as a white progress bar), you can trigger the "Hangeki" to make all remaining enemies explode and trigger the next wave. Survive all the waves in any given stage and you'll face the area boss, which are also ery creative, challenging and force you to think a bit outside of the box by launching sudden melee strikes (ok, they give you a millisecond warning at the very least!) or drop waterfalls of lasers+bombs and more.

So, yep, a tactical choice between weapons, permanent aggression and knowing the enemy waves leads to victory. And mastering the controls: the ship is really fast which makes players prone to mistakes due to overconfidence in movement.

In some aspects, it reminded me of Super Crossfire (another good shmup in a similar vein although with a fixed position instead of free movement, unfortunately it's not on Steam despite having an awesome PC version) but with a mixture of the old Wipeout/Psygnosis style in the design of the weapons, which I found very cool. You in fact get achievements by completing stages using weapons from the same manufacturers, like Hangeki Initiative or Crystalix.

Expect the difficulty to ramp up fast as you progress through the stages and good luck with the challenges, some of them are going to make you cry but, still, this is a shmup and if you like those, you are certainly going to enjoy Hangeki.

Special mention to the music (freaking awesome, comes in ogg format inside the game but seriously needs an official OST release!!!) and the local co-op: banish the anti-social in you and bring a friend, bring two 360 pads and stay alive! The co-op is great, although a bit chaotic (nothing compared to the madness Jamestown's 4-player local co-op is though) it's highly satisfying to clear stages with friends.

Definitely recommended it for those who like shmups, those who don't perhaps will need the discount incentive to budge. Give it a chance, you'll be surprised.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 22
This game is a class act that combines tons of weapons and simple, but smart power-up mechanics with a wonderful retro-modern aesthetic. Works flawlessly with an arcade stick or controller and is a familiar but fun take on the genre. Highly recommended for a fun arcade session, single or co-op.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
27.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 4, 2014
This game is definitely worth even the full $10.

I have a lot more time invested in this game on a CD copy, but I only recently got the digital version, so my hours in this game are a bit misleading. This game really shows the amount of effort the developers put into it, with the text blurbs explaining every single weapon, funny advertising bits, and immense backstory explained through the journals, Hangeki was a great buy for me. The gameplay feels incredibly smooth, and the developers even included a small "autostop" function where your ship will automatically prevent itself from running into projectiles to compensate for the lack of analog movement with a keyboard. With only 10 stages the amount of time you think you will be in is very false. With a massive array of weapons to unlock through optional challenges, this game poses a challenge for casual and expert players alike through awards for many tasks including but not limited to: clearing stages under a certain amount of time, clearing stages without dying, and even clearing all of 10 stages back-to-back, which is no simple task even for a fairly experienced shmup player like myself. The difficulty scales incredibly well, and only looking back will you see how you somehow went from defeating bosses that had their most powerful attack being shooting a beam of lasers straight forward to smashing a boss who surrounds you with flaming missiles which home in on your ship. The active developers are always a plus, as you can see them actively partaking in and listening to the community of their game as opposed to being a mysterious entity.

For a mere 30 minutes of stages, this game will last you a long, long time. You will love every second of the hours upon hours of fun this game will provide you.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
21.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 7
Wonderful homage to the arcade and genesis era. It's so much more than just a reference, though. I would consider it the evolution of the genre.
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56 of 69 people (81%) found this review helpful
14.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 10, 2014
Arcade aficionados and score-chasing 1cc'ers rejoice; Hangeki is the counter-attack of leaderboard-driven, score-breaking, retro action you've been waiting for.

Those of us old enough to remember the warm glow and the busy sounds of a bustling arcade remember a time when games were more of a social and competitive interaction where we wouldn't just play to simply say we finished but to perfect it and surpass the scores of those who came before you. Games like Galaga, 1943, or Toaplan's Batsugun were never a matter of simply "beating the game", these old classics were all about the points, maximizing your runs and learning every little detail about the game to get that perfect playthrough. Hangeki captures this arcade spirit all too well with it's bite-sized levels full of adrenaline and replayability as it pushes you to come back to each stage to try and try again with new weapons and gained skills or techniques.

On the surface Hangeki shows a similar concept and style to the row-reducing gameplay of Space Invaders with enemy variation akin to Galaga and it's many spinoffs. The similarities stop here, however, as the combat itself takes a much more modern bullet-hell approach to the chaos involved in dodging and timing your Hangeki 'counter-attack' which acts as a finishing bomb and is how you will advance each wave. Fans of the more recent Galaga Legions DX will instantly fall in love with the combination of old-school enemy formations with the frenetic satisfaction of modern visuals and pacing. Unfortunately that game never saw a PC release, but I'm happy to say Hangeki fills the void just fine.

The game is as flashy as it is punishing requiring full engagement of your audio/visual sensories and can almost be a bit overwhelming with how much is going on, but that's exactly how us shmup enthusiasts like it. Your eyes will be busy and a lot of your practicing will be focused on where you train your center of vision. You'll learn to strike a balance between watching enemy ship patterns at the top to anticipate which bullet-types are incoming and keeping track your powerup meter in order to time and aim your special weapons perfectly. One misplaced shot and you'll be back to dodging and waiting for your next weapon or Hangeki to powerup, costing you valuable time and points.

Victory in Hangeki is also handled in a very unique manner when it comes to the classic shmup formula, as you aren't simply trying to shoot down each enemy to score. Your score, instead of being based on a mundane points-by-kill basis, is reflected by the quickness and diligence in which each wave is dealt with and how fast you're able to trigger your Hangeki through sustained chains and repeated successful shots. This creates a much more competitive and skill-based atmosphere on the very important, addictive and well designed leaderboards. If you love leaderboards you'll love Hangeki.

Hangeki boasts an impressive arsenal of unique weaponry counting in at 51 pieces of unlockable equipment, and they all pack a serious punch in their own right. These range anywhere from a piercing cannon that's capable of incapacitating an entire vertical row, seconds long shielding for that sudden moment of invincibility in the roughest of times, and huge rolling waves of flame that can take out large lines of enemies. These are only some of the beginning weapons, and as you play you'll continue to unlock better, more insane weaponry that will push you to revisit past levels and reattempt your score with new-found strategies.

This is a game crafted with a serious devotion to the arcade culture, and a detailed love for the shmup genre. It's a classic shooter with modern flair that I can wholeheartedly recommend to anyone from the most old-school of arcade veterans to the most hardcore and modern of Cave or Touhou-styled bullet-hell fanatics.
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25 of 32 people (78%) found this review helpful
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 10, 2014
Pre-Release Review
Below you'll find both a written and video impression on the game.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ziwsvRdzzU8
Hangeki to break it down is what Space Invaders would be if it had a proper sequel. It's fast paced and flashy, but under all that there's a challenging score attack game. Hangeki challenges the player to use their arsenal efficiently so they can continue their kill chain and maintain a steady charge for a "Hangeki" blast to clear the screen. The game's target audience, the people who loved classic arcade games, should find this very interesting. Those who might not be as inclined into score attack style games, it's always worth it to do a little more research.

Though the game is fun, and is a unique take on classic arcade shmup, it's not with out it's flaws. There are 2 notable design flaws that hinder the player's ability to quickly read the battle field. The game demands efficient use of your special abilities in order to keep your kill streak going, but since the ability HUD is small and placed on the bottom left corner, it forces the player to take his/her eyes off of the main focus, the ship, in order to glance at their abilities. The bullets from the enemies I think are too small and blends in with the back ground. Couple these 2 issues with the bullet hell nature of this genre, along with all the other micromanagement that you'll have to do, it adds frustration in areas where it otherwise would be fine.

Overall Hangaki is an enjoyable score attack game that evolves the old classic arcade shmup genre. For those who are interested in this sort of game, Hangeki is probably a good fit.

Pros:
- Exciting gameplay
- Flashy visuals
- Evolves the classic arcade "shmup" genre with it's own flavor
- Encourages replay

Cons:
- Could induce seizure or epilepsy. I am not exaggerating, this is a real possibility with this game
- Could prove repetitive to some
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14 of 20 people (70%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 11, 2014
This game takes all the fun of Galaga and quadruples it. Definitely try it out.
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
33.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 4, 2014
Great "retro-modern" shmup, quite reminiscent of Galaga. Lots of action, game modes and weapons to try out. Recommended!
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7 of 10 people (70%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 22, 2014
Great Bullet hell shooter!

Think Space Invaders + Bullet Hell + Over The Top Weapons = Hangeki

Video review below:
http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=303927940
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4 of 10 people (40%) found this review helpful
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 12, 2014
I'll tell it to you straight, Alien Invaders on extreme steroids. Many different weapons to experience and tons of challenges. Very entertaining.
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1 of 4 people (25%) found this review helpful
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 19, 2014
Worth it just for the first levels bgm, sooooooo goooood!!!! And the game is badass!
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4 of 11 people (36%) found this review helpful
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 12, 2014
HANGENKI should be stuffed into an arcade cabinet with beefy speakers and brought to 'Dave & Busters' or 'Round 1' ASAP!!!

Games like this really could help to ressurect the arcade scene.

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1 of 10 people (10%) found this review helpful
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 19, 2014
Fun game. I don't see me putting a lot of hours like DayZ , CS:GO though.
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2 of 14 people (14%) found this review helpful
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 12, 2014
Inertia
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0 of 12 people (0%) found this review helpful
7.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 18, 2014
THINK TWICE BEFORE BUYING THIS GAME!

You get:
Pro:
-10 levels which you start with 10 health
-a lot of challenges
-new and unique weapons
-first game of the developers

Contra:
-gets boring pretty fast
-after a few hours it can turn into pure frustration
-some challenges need further explanation
-weapon unbalaced
-some parts undoable due to bugs
-background is "eating" the bullets
-costs a lot if compared to other shmups

facit:
Don't expect this game to be perfect and entire fun at all. Think twice before buying.
I'll expect more in the next game coming out(if there is one).
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14.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 25
As a veteran SHMUP girl but also a casual player, I do recommend this game!
It's got retro graphics but it's intense, it's fun, and there's lots of weapons; even if someone isn't a top shooter, that person still will get even at least one weapon per stage cleared, adding lots of replay value. The further one goes and does well, the more he/she gets better weapons (like in Silpheed: The Lost Planet) and can edit up to four in prep for the next battle (Gradius)

The soundtrack has quite a catchy beat and is quite charming (like in Stage 3 on the Highway Zone, it's catchy!) as well as can get quite badass (like in Stage 2: the Supercell Area), and even up to how tense some bosses can be in familiar titles like Deathsmiles, Castle Shikigami, and Touhou (such as the final boss) adding a hint of sudden hard-rocking atmospheric music to a powerful climax of an opponent!

Speaking of which, the game has a fair difficuly curve as well, one can do quite well in the first few three stages and then it will challenge a/the pilot(s) of the Hangeki fighter(s) to how well he/she/they can fight. Stage 4 is where the action may kick up and become really exciting (in my oppinion).

Make sure to learn how to utilize the fighter's weapon settings well, as the hostiles will not hesitate to litter the screan with lasers and streams of bullets later ahead of the game! There's plenty of lives and infinite continues regardless of not doing so well, so it's also very benevolent regardless of how strong the opponents later can be. Never give up.

There is ONE gripe however, beware of a sudden "Out of Memory!" error which could hit harder than the game's true last boss himself!

Oh but one last plus: Did I forget to mention that one can bring a "wing in arms" along the way locally? (There is Co-Op!) and this will make many of the fights much easier! Have fun!

I will host a video of this game as well eventually.
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