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.
User reviews: Positive (15 reviews)
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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October 3

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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September 5

Japanese Ready!

We've been hard at work these past weeks preparing our biggest update yet!

Leading the changelist is the first release of the Japanese version of the game. Simply set the game to Japanese in Steam or change the language from the in-game options menu.

Following up is the complete redesign of all the main levels of the game. We've heard your feedback, and have responded with a complete reimagining of the levels. New beautiful and challenging firing patterns await. For all veteran players, this unfortunately means clearing most of the leaderboards, but don't worry, special emblems have been assigned to all current players ranked on the leaderboards. Think of this as a new opportunity to shoot for that number one spot. Rest assured, level redesigns shouldn't be happening again for a long, long time. So learn these levels, master them, they'll be around for a while.

Sound effects have been completely overhauled, giving familiar weapons a new feel.

Weapons have been tweaked, balanced, and fixed. So things like the Artillery Blaster, whose cooldown was as long as some level 2 weapons, have been buffed by a reduced cooldown.

New key bindings menu makes selecting control schemes much easier. Right now there isn't an option to create custom bindings, but that is coming very soon.

And of course a ton of minor visual bugs have been fixed.

Enjoy the update, and 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
52 of 62 people (84%) found this review helpful
14.9 hrs on record
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.
Posted: August 10
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23 of 29 people (79%) found this review helpful
2.2 hrs on record
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
Posted: August 10
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13 of 18 people (72%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
This game takes all the fun of Galaga and quadruples it. Definitely try it out.
Posted: August 11
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
22.8 hrs on record
Great "retro-modern" shmup, quite reminiscent of Galaga. Lots of action, game modes and weapons to try out. Recommended!
Posted: September 4
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Great Bullet hell shooter!

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

Video review below:
http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=303927940
Posted: August 22
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