Shütshimi is a randomized shoot'em up about a muscle-bound fish with memory problems defending the seven seas. Defeat or navigate through waves of enemies, collecting new upgrades every 10 seconds that change up the gameplay as you battle your way through each of the game's bosses.
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Positive (36 reviews) - 80% of the 36 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Aug 25, 2015

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Reviews

“Developer Neon Deity Games' spirited rejection of video-game balance almost qualifies as avant garde, but Shutshimi's emphasis on high scores begs for comparisons to great arcade fare such as Galaga, Xevious, TwinBee, and Fantasy Zone.”
Highly Positive – Slant Magazine

“It's an unending treasure trove of laughter and frantic fun...”
Highly Positive – IndieGames

“Rather than trying to fit itself into a specific genre category, Shutshimi aims to make the existing genre fit around it. It's a bold statement to make, but it's one that the game's developers are able to pull off with aplomb.”
A- – Gaming Age

About This Game

Shütshimi is a randomized shoot'em up about a muscle-bound fish with memory problems defending the seven seas.

Armed with your trusty bullet-morphing shotgun, defeat or navigate through waves of enemies and collect powerups as you battle your way through each of the game's bosses. But there's a catch (there's always a catch): you've been cursed with an incredibly short attention span. Combat waves and upgrade cycles only last 10 seconds a piece, so you'd better act fast!

But wait, there's more (information)!

Fishy Features:
  • Endless waves, endless fun!
  • Rapid-fire gameplay! The rules change every 10 seconds, so react quickly!
  • 5 different weapons to choose from!
  • Over 40 upgrades to acquire! Combine upgrades with different weapons for interesting combinations!
  • Hats! Over 30 of them! Most hats unlock hidden "Hattributes" which modify gameplay even further!
  • Full keyboard and controller support! Play any way you like, as long as it's either of these two options!
  • You can smoke underwater!?
  • Leaderboards! Compete with friends and foes for the global top score!
  • Local Co-op! Work together or screw each other over when competing for the top score

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP or newer
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DX9/Shader model 2.0 required
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 200 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Anything since 2007 should be fine
    Minimum:
    • OS: Mac OS X 10.6 or newer
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DX9/Shader model 2.0 required
    • Storage: 200 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 10.10 or newer
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DX9/Shader model 2.0 required
    • Storage: 200 MB available space
Customer reviews
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Overall:
Positive (36 reviews)
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Mikaroni
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: March 27
I was really hoping that this game was more like Parodius, with actual levels. It's just a wave based game, and the waves are very short, in fact, too short. This is fun for a one time play, but it's not a game that I will come back to ever again.
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MLG REKKER
( 1.9 hrs on record )
Posted: February 11
Best Game Evar
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AwesomePanda23
( 3.3 hrs on record )
Posted: January 25
It's a game where you play as a muscle-bound fish, going around shootin' random junk onscreen for 10 seconds (& then shop for 10 seconds afterward). Every. Single. Time. What more could you want?

Very creative and entertainingly random/absurd, Shutshimi is an enjoyable game to play through. The controls are responsive, the art-style - as well as music - are awesome, the replay value is very high, and it's also even more fun to play with friends & family with co-op!

And it has hats. And butts.

Highly recommended for shmup/party/rougelike fans! It's SERIOUSLY SWOLE!
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Blitz
( 2.0 hrs on record )
Posted: January 15
This game is fantastic. A little pricey compared to the xbox version, but they've added a lot. Collect hats and murder some sharks. Best played with friends.
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somebody336
( 2.5 hrs on record )
Posted: January 9
Shutshimi is a 2D horizontal shooter in where you play as a fish with serious memory issues trying to tell of his role in the war. Due to his short memory every time he tells the story it turns out differently and is a neat explanation to the rouge-lite elements of this game. Why your fish has buff arms and can smoke underwater is questions better left unasked. As you may be able to tell from the screenshots this game is very weird and will constantly have you wondering “What in the world is going on?”. Well, all you need to know is that a bunch of sea creatures and cats in submarines are trying to kill you and you are going to have to take them down first if you want to survive. To do this you have a few different weapons at your disposal like a laser gun, shotgun and a cannon firing gun. These are acquired from the item shops that appear between waves and the shop has more than just weapons to offer. They are not always to your benefit and you will have to pick one of three items in the span of 10 seconds to proceed to the next wave.

That 10 second limit also carries on over to the waves themselves and that practically destroys the game from the get go. For one the gameplay is over far before you can get invested in shooting down enemies and that literally means you will spend half of your time in this game in the menus trying to rapidly read through all three item descriptions that are needlessly lengthy due to “meme humor”. That means for every 1 of game time you will enter the shop three times and at that point it felt like a game designed to help people read at a faster rate instead of a Shooter. Worse still the game itself is very easy and all of the challenge comes from whatever item you pick in the shop. These can range to something simple like increased damage and slower fire rate to stuff like flipping the screen upside down which makes it very hard to stay alive. There is another item that literally makes the game twice as fast which is absolutely unplayable and will have you watching your hard earned lives whittle down due to it. Well why don't we just memorize the items you may be thinking to yourself. That is because many of the items look exactly the same and the only thing that changes are the vague descriptions in an effort to make you read all the text of it each and every time.

Often times you are left in a pick your poison type of situation as most of the items seem to be harmful so you must pick the one you consider the least of a threat to you. At first this gimmick was neat as it keeps you disoriented due to the speed at which you have to choose but quickly grew insanely tedious. The good items range from making your fish huge allowing him to take an extra hit then return to regular size Mario style to hats. Hats are there to modify gameplay a bit like adding a baseball skin to your projectiles or receive a giant eyepatch over the screen that obscures enemies that can easily get you killed so I suppose that hats can be bad too. Due to the waves only being 10 seconds a piece you can easily avoid all the enemies and not take damage but you won't get any points for that. Every 2500 points you will receive an extra life and you will likely need plenty for when you get handed a bad set of items. There is nothing to say about the gameplay itself, it is your standard Shmup with nothing special to it other than the aesthetic. Controls work well, granted you don’t acquire an item that reverses your key bindings or that gives the game gravity that has your fish constantly pulled downward to name of few of the items designed to aggravate you.

This game is unique no doubt about that but the ideas implemented like the rouge-lite aspects or the fast 10 second waves end up harming the game. I giggled and was entertained by the insanity of it all during my time playing, however I never felt like I was having fun. It definitely feels like one of those games made for Youtubers and no one else. One thing that was pretty great is the soundtrack. It is upbeat and pretty catchy. Graphics are nothing special, they simply do the job and the game itself does run at a solid 60fps. Unfortunately there is no resolution support for anything higher than 1080p. After a certain amount of waves you will face one of the three bosses. They are always in the same order and are pretty easy assuming you didn't get an item to screw you over. Like the rest of the waves you only have 10 seconds to kill a boss or he will run off and make you go through more waves until you can reach him again. Thankfully they retain all the damage you have previously inflicted on them. After defeating all three they come back as zombies and you must fight them all over again. Their attack patterns are mostly the same making it feel kind of pointless to be honest.

If you are finding the game too hard there is a “Guppy” mode that makes the enemies easier and has you facing only two bosses. There is also a harder mode you can unlock by completing 10 waves without killing anything. Both of these modes can be played with three other friends in local coop. Finally there is a boss rush mode that has you fighting only bosses with only a single life. There is a decent amount of content here though with the gameplay so unenjoyable it is all for naught. Environments range from graveyards, rave parties and a place with a bunch of floating butts. Humor can be very hit or miss and it constantly mentions Tumblr or ♥♥♥♥♥ to the surprise of no one. This would be a great game for a Youtuber to laugh and rage at though for everyone else it is a simply not worth a purchase unless you really dig the humor.
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Kookies!
( 1.2 hrs on record )
Posted: January 7
Always pick the beach ball. Trust me on this one.

Swole fish, cool music, great pixel art, 10 second memory, swole fish, what's not to love?
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Dunwich Daddy
( 1.1 hrs on record )
Posted: December 11, 2015
You play a goldfish with beefy arms and a gun
you shoot at random junk for 10 seconds
then you panic as you choose one of three buffs/debuffs
then you shoot random junk again for 10 seconds

then it's suddenly 2 or 3 hours later and you're cool with that for some reason
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Indelacio.co.uk
( 6.2 hrs on record )
Posted: November 26, 2015
I keep coming back for more, the game's fun and crazy with fast paced levels you can knock out a few runs without realising how much time you've spent
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Queen Frydo360
( 12.0 hrs on record )
Posted: November 20, 2015
I purchased this game in 2014 (With some minor troubles) before it was on steam and just recently saw I still had a key to activate it on steam so I did. I spent lots of time on this game and I was a little sad when I couldn't figure out how to move my saves across but never fear I can now put another 10+ Hours into this game :D

PROS
Even better than the version I had.
Gr8 game in general.
Relaxing.

CONS
Could have more things
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HGI
( 4.7 hrs on record )
Posted: November 4, 2015
It looks quite nice but unfortunately it's a little bit too start...okay stop. Right, start again....now stop

Not for me.
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
22 of 23 people (96%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 1, 2015
Xbox Live Indie Games was an interesting experiment for those who knew about it during the 360’s lifespan. There were many games there that never would have seen the light of day in any other marketplace, interactive fever dreams that make Steam Greenlight’s output look like AAA blockbusters. It was a true rarity to find a game that was playable, much less one that you enjoyed unironically. Shutshimi was one of the few, a stylish shoot ’em up with a sense of humor trapped alongside the work of Silver Dollar Games and questionable guides to history. Fast forward a bit and Choice Provisions have picked the game up via their new publishing initiative and worked with Neon Deity Games to release it onto Steam, PS4, and PlayStation Vita. While there are certainly some upgrades from the original XBLIG release, this is still very much the same tale of a fish with buff arms and a shotgun that charmed me all those years ago.

Want to know more? Check out my full review over on TechRaptor! http://techraptor.net/content/shutshimi-review-side-scrolling-salmon
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14 of 16 people (88%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 25, 2015
Is a great combination of Raiden + Binding of Isaac + Half Minute Hero.
Was lucky enough to try it before went out on the stores and I absolutely loved it. It has a nostalgic feel of a classic side scrolling shooter with a bunch of modern twists. It short burst levels for 10 seconds followed by a 10 second item selection. After each level you get to modify your weapon or yourself with a random upgrade (cannonballs, lazers, triple shot, etc). You can tell whomever was writing the text for items was having fun because there are little jokes everywhere. The levels also can have effects on them that change how you play such as a rave party setting or inverted.
The sounds and music were that of modern day 8-bit. Graphics are done in the retro style also. Was cute and they especially put a lot of effort into the backgrounds. Good replayability with the randomization.
I'm not much for competition so I enjoyed the co-op aspect of the game where my buddies that were more competitive liked being able to see who got the highest scores.
As a scientist I have to say that I do not believe fish can smoke ciagrs underwater but besides that it was an all around fun game to pick up for 5 minutes to play solo or 5 hours with friends!
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14 of 16 people (88%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 25, 2015
Having a blast with this one, an obvious choice for those who are into 2D style shoot em ups and retro tunes. The art is colorful and vibrant with all sorts of neat little modes and accessories for your fish. Bosses and powerups makes me want to keep coming back for more. I would totally recommend this to hardcore gamers and casual ones alike!
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11 of 12 people (92%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 25, 2015
When there are so many shoot 'em up's on the market, it can be really hard to find one that leaves an impression so vividly in your memory. What better a game to do so than one about a fish with realistic biceps and a 10 second long memory span?

Let's face it, you already know what this game is about. You shoot stuff. However, this game is unlike many other shmups because you shoot stuff in high volume for very short amounts of time. 10 seconds to be exact. And then you get to pick one of three upgrades - within 10 seconds. And then that upgrade lasts (depending on the upgrade) for the next 10 seconds of shooting before it's gone. This mechanic not only ties you to your avatar - a fish with arms - using gameplay in a very clever and intuitive way, but it also gives for a fast paced, replayable, arcade-like game.

Aside from the main mechanics, the controls are responsive and simple, the upgrades are hilarious (sometimes infuriatingly so), the visuals are pleasing, and the music is the best culmination of 10 second long chiptune tracks that I've ever heard. I think the only thing that could improve this game is a 3DS port so I can bring it with me everywhere.
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11 of 13 people (85%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 25, 2015
Great music and visuals with a ton of replay value. Inspired by some of the most manic and creative games of all-time and puts that inspiration to good use and also builds on it in an original way. Worth every penny.
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10 of 12 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 7, 2015
Hilarious, challenging, and downright fun. This is the WarioWare of shooters, but with far more aquatic muscles! Highly-recommended for fans of shmups, party games, and rogue-lites!
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9 of 12 people (75%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
7.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 26, 2015
Didn't realise how much I needed a WarioWare/Gradius hybrid till I played this one.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 30, 2015
A great crazy roguelike shoot'em up with the most badass goldfish you'll ever see!
This game is just great fun.
It's basically a shoot'em up roguelike where each level is only 10 seconds long with randomly generated enemy waves. After each level you get to choose a powerup that can either give you good or bad effects. Better more powerfull weapons or maybe it'll make you slower or smaller?

It's got a great colorful retro ish visual style and a gerat catchy chiptune soundtrack.
In addition it's really funny with quite a bit of great writing in item descriptions and menus.
You never know what you'll fight in Shutshimi, be it sharks with diving masks, seaguls, bears or even butts with sunglasses :D

It's always fun to start a new game and see how far you'll make it and if you can beat your old score.
Absolutely recommended!
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 25, 2015
Been following this game for a bit and was THRILLED to see the Steam Version come out. It was an easy choice to get it and there has been no regrets!

This 2D Side Scrolling shooter is full of wacky items that affect not only the game play but also the sounds and the sights of this game. I can easily see myself putting way too many hours into it. And would definately recommend it for ANYBODY
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 15
This game is fantastic. A little pricey compared to the xbox version, but they've added a lot. Collect hats and murder some sharks. Best played with friends.
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