From Orange Juice comes a shoot'em'up starring the lone enhanced human, Sora. The sequel of the high-speed shoot'em'up "Suguri", with improved game system and graphics.
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Very Positive (105 reviews) - 93% of the 105 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Jan 5, 2016

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January 9

Sora – A Development Story



Fruitbat Factory blog gains a new article with our coder Tony giving some perspective into how the Steam version of Sora came to be.

Sora – A Development Story

Including pictures of some amusing messes that occurred during our efforts to upgrade the graphic quality of the game.



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January 5

Sora Now Available on Steam!


Orange Juice's shooter Sora is now available on Steam!

Sora tells the story of its namesake: the lone enhanced human, Sora, and her struggle to protect a fading world. Enjoy breathtakingly fast-paced combat in the Suguri universe, with improved game system and graphics along with original trance music by DEKU.

    Key Features:
  • Fast-paced, tactical bullet hell action
  • Three game modes: Story, Arcade and Match Mode
  • Over 20 different weapons to unlock
  • Bring three weapons to your missions
  • English localization features new high resolution graphics

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Special Offer


All owners of Sora will unlock a free bonus character in 100% Orange Juice on Steam.

About This Game

Sora tells the story of its namesake: the lone enhanced human, Sora, and her struggle to protect a fading world. Enjoy breathtakingly fast-paced combat in the Suguri universe, with improved game system and graphics along with original trance music by DEKU.

Key Features:

  • Fast-paced, tactical bullet hell action
  • Three game modes: Story, Arcade and Match Mode
  • Over 20 different weapons to unlock
  • Bring three weapons to your missions
  • English localization features new high resolution graphics

    The beautiful blue sky is getting painted darker with each passing moment.
    War.
    People killing each other.
    No one knows who started it anymore.
    No one even knows how long they have been fighting, forgetting what they are fighting for.

    During this war, a girl was born.
    Her name was Sora.
    She was born with a power for fighting.
    She was not happy about it, but the people around her were.
    They sent her to the battlefield with no regard for her feelings at all.

    The last war on the worn-out planet.
    Whether it is won or lost, there will be nothing left.

    Sora does not know the meaning of her fight.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 7/8/10
    • Processor: Pentium 2.0GHz
    • Memory: 1024 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 256MB Graphics Card
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Windows Media Video 9 codec
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Very Positive (105 reviews)
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Sunnyside
( 2.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
A really fun shooter with a lot of replayability. Thankfully the reploids (and the rest of that godawful translation) have been completely removed. Great to see a proper version at long last!

I had a lot of trouble in my early attempts but every 5 tries you unlock a new main, sub, or special weapon. It's a great system that gives you opportunities to approach the game in many different ways. There are four separate difficulty levels as well that affect both the enemy wave size and frequency of bullets. Check it out if you enjoy shooters.
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XenoCat
( 9.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 14
♥♥♥♥ING HARD !!!!!!!


Okay, seriously, the plot is on point. A+. The game itself is really well made as well, good mechanics, nice art style, etc.

But it's ♥♥♥♥ing hard.
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flyingwafflex2
( 1.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 4
First off let me say I REALLY wanted to like this game. On the surface I loved the look of this game and I love me some anime stuff as much as the next guy. Call me dumb but i partially bought this game for the story (probably a mistake) but also you know, I have played a few of this shoot 'em up like games (well maybe only one I can remember) but still I really wanted to see what this game was like.

So... I play the tutorial, okay seems striaghtforward enough, after that I am flung into what i assume is level one after some cut scenes backstory etc.,a and I manage to scrape my way through level 1 (I think?) which its fair im just picking this up I dont expect to master this game in 10 minutes, but hey at least I am progressing. After that im sent back to the now existant start menu after another little cutscene. Okay! i guess this means I can continue the story so i go to story mode, only to find the only levels I can play are the tutorial and the level I JUST BEAT. I then Think to myself alright maybe I just gotta beat this level once more to get this rolling.

I load it up it asks for difficulty level I think okay, Normal seems like a fair place even though it states its for people who are "used to the game" whatever that means? Well that is where the fun stops the level I just beat, cant beat it again... I tried at least 8 times or so and COULD NOT even get close to beating it. I really believe in a challenging games but playing the first level over and over and over again just aint fun. It is honestly quite demoralizing I am I terrible at this game or something?

Is this what is meant by bullet hell? Forced to relive your death on the first level of a game over and over unable to even experience the core of a game? Feeling despair knowing you will not clear the level when only halfway through? I dont know, all I know is in my opinion playing a game on normal difficulty should be a challenging but doable experience when playing this game I feel this game does not neccessarily fit that so well...

I am not sure if there is something I am missing but I just find myself frustrated, and I personally refuse to lower a game to "easy" difficulty as it honestly just feels like cheating to me, but hey maybe I am just flawed in my ways.

From what I can actually experience this game looks great love the whole vibe of it, and I really wanted to experience the story (I cant really comment on whether it is good or not as i cannot readily experience it) It seems like it may be fairly priced but again not sure how much content is really in here. I found this game very frustrating and not very fun as apparently im not even good enough at it to actually play it... If you dont mind being frustrated i guess take a whack at it if you wish... But I really would not recommend this unless your really into this genre.
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Aggiexaika♥ほのか
( 2.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 31
This game is really nice and it has waifus
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hatsunator
( 19.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 25
= Forward =

Before I get to the review I will admittedly say that I pre-ordered this game and it's soundtrack on the premise of getting the free character "Sora (Military)" for "100% Orange Juice" and to just have some extra music to listen to.

I booted the game up just over 6 months (yesterday) after it's release on a whim to see if it would provide a good break from the usual titles I had been playing and it instantly became a title I'm going to remember for a long time.

= Review =

- Initial experience with gameplay -

It's been about a year since I last played a bullet hell shooter so I was basically coming in as good as the general noob and I have to say it was an interesting experience to get thrashed as hard as I did on easy.

11 hours in and I finaly beat easy (minus the extra and boss rush) but I realised something as I went through the story mode.

Much like 'getting good' in the popular "Dark Souls" I stopped over analyzing things and began the trend of analyzing how I died and then remembered what caught me off guard.

The game had soon turned from a screen filled torrent of death to an intricate maze of paterns.

I realize that this is common hat for the geanre but I found "Sora" more forgiving than other giants such as "Touhou" and more challenging than something like "Trouble Witches NEO".

It was refreshing to know that I was able to grasp victory eventually.

The boss that gave me the biggest headache to beat was Lv 3's boss with 28 attempts to show how terrible I was at the beginning.

Every other boss in the game thus far for me has been under 10 attempts.

- Gameplay Features -

Another interesting facet that I found in this game that I hadn't seen before was the Dash/Heat feature and the Weapon System.

The Dash and Heat features in the game provide a nice ease of use and risk/reward set-up. where dashing lets you pass through 80% of the attacks comming at you but using it increases the damage you take coming out of it.

It was an interesting mechanic that let my noob self get accustomed to the enemies and my skilled self work on getting the fastest times possible with not a single hit.

With the weapon set-up the game outright presented itself as one who can be solved with no one key combination.

I found myself experimenting with different weapons to see how I could manage the levels and while I can say I royally flopped with some I can clearly see their usefullness to some one more skilled or of a different mind-set.

I would also like to note that almost all the weapons are unlocked on attempt count wrather than level completion count.

That alone let me quickly adapt and grow with the weapons that I loved and compare them with other unique weapons.

Which is great for people who are wanting to experiment early on or are frustrated with certain bosses.

- Presentation -

I decided to read up on the development blog post made by the devs at Orange Juice and I have to say I appreciate everything that this game is asthetically.

Everything about the geanre of Danmaku and Bullet Hells is supposed to feel nostalgic no mater the rendering.

Like an old arcade title you toss coins into, this game has out-and-in gameplay done wonderfully.

I can count at most 6 seconds going from a death anywhere in the game to booting the level back up and beginning my next attempt.

- Characters and Story -

I've played both 100% Orange Juice and 200% Mixed Juice extensively so I've always wondered what the character's source material from all the OJ games were about.

I was surprised that Sora's story was as interesting as it was.

There isn't much dialouge in the game and only a couple of scenes are voiced but the dialouge that does happen gives all the info you need on the characters and the conflict.

The dialouge is a little rough on the translation side and the wording is quite simple but I will say that I found the story quite gripping despite that.

- Visual Asthetics -

The're is an odd simplicity to the graphics and yet the high resolution brings out so much in it's environment.

The levels and stages were quite stunning to have as backdrops to the on screen action as the break-up points in combat always lead to some sort of transformation in the background to warn you of the imposing doom or to show your movement through the world.

The Menu and UI are also clean and crisp to give a perfect ci-fi tone.

I believe it's one of the best I've seen.

- Audio -

The game has a stunning Trance soundtrack that I'm happy was released for sale.

The high speed and mixture of light and dark atmospheres in the game are perfectly matched to the level themes.

Two of the boss songs even have vocal which caught me off guard.

= The Final Verdict =

While my play time hasn't been massive as of now I know quite well it will be.

This game has instantly gripped me both in it's asthetic and wildly fun gameplay that is more immediately forgiving than other bigger bullet hell series.

It invoked nostalgia in me even though I'm someone who has not played a lot of this geanre and generally unfamilliar with the developers material.

The big thing that made me fall in love with the game was it's match of visual and sound.

I will be looking to this game if anyone ever asks me what an asthetically correct game looks like.

I'm dissapointed in myself for not trying this game sooner and will be brushing off the dust on un-played titles more often.

I will ultimately give this game a 9 / 10 for it's approachability and solid design as the dialouge is really the only big flaw I can give it.

Thanks Orange Juice and Fruite Bat Factory for this title that will inspire my own game design.
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Noah
( 0.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 20
Meh, its okay. Here's the breakdown:

Pros:
Cool Protogonist
Great mechanic

Cons:
Story ( super dull and cheesy )
Controls ( kinda awkward )

If you have played the previous or similar games from this genre and like it then go for it, but if not look some where else cause you'll waste your time.
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ffleader1
( 22.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 16
This game brings me to bullet hell. It is difficult, hell yes. But I love the graphic and the game play. It provides certain challenge for both new-comer and expert. If you want to take a shot at the bullet-hell genre, this game is the right choice.
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Turbo
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: April 24
Best shoot em up to ever exist and that ever will. Best girls, best story possible and defies all human logic that a mere mortal was able to conceive a game of this high caliber!
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PPV
( 27.7 hrs on record )
Posted: April 15
Where to even begin? The gameplay is phenomenal. A worthy successor to Suguri for sure. It really feels like they took everything great about Suguri and polished it to perfection. The game is fast and very challenging. It demands your full attention; blinking can be the difference between life and death. There were numerous times where I simply had to keep my eyes open for as long as I could. The game looks beautiful. The story isn't overly complicated and is nice and simple. However, it has a hook that keeps you invested. The world is gloomy and in a dire state. This is reflected by Sora's internal struggle and her longing to help. Ending up empathizing with Sora is easy to do as you progress through her trials.

The soundtrack is beautiful. It compliments the gameplay and the setting perfectly. Love this game, and I'd recommend it to anyone, especially those looking for a real challenge.
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Maimix ∆
( 27.2 hrs on record )
Posted: March 31
Great game, awesome soundtrack, great waifu.

This game is one of the masterpieces from Orange_Juice. You can clearly see it!
I completed the game within a week ON easy (yes I suck with bullethells)

The soundtrack, wich was created by DEKU, is awesome, just take a listen at this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3CHN1qzeoyo
And now I got an awesome looking main menu due to beating Hime&Suguri.

Also, I'm hoping for Acceleration of Suguri 2 to be translated soon, I can't wait to play as my waifu against my waifu (*cough* Sora vs Sora)

So please, buy this, it's really worth the money.
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4 of 8 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 31
This game is really nice and it has waifus
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59 of 71 people (83%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
61.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 5
Intorduction
I have never been a fan of bullet hell games reason being is that I always can’t keep up with the action that is going on the screen and I usually give up if it is too hard but as for Sora I liked it in fact I loved it and it is quite addictive, because it is manageable for me and I could say I did have a great time playing Sora. Sora tells the story of its namesake: the lone enhanced human, Sora, and her struggle to protect a fading world. Enjoy breathtakingly fast-paced combat in the Suguri universe, with improved game system and graphics along with original trance music by DEKU.

Gameplay Elements
Onto the gameplay elements, I absolutely adore the “customization” that you can bring in 3 weapons of your choice which could be unlocked by progressing in the game which will be stronger than the stock weapons that is provided when you start out, and you can either use the unlocked weapons or just use the stock weapons to make the game more challenging.

In Sora sometimes you may find yourself using a sword or a melee attack which at first glance seems dangerous but it is a high risk high reward type of attack because when the attack connects, a short term and small barrier is formed that blocks off incoming attacks and that is what made the melee attack useful and usable.

Controls
I am playing Sora on PC with a keyboard and the controls are good. The default settings are are well thought out and it can be fully customize allowing you to bind any buttons you want on the keyboard. [no cramping of 2 hands onto 1 side of the keyboard] I think having a good controls are very important because who wants to play a game with 2 hands overlapping each other? That would be pure discomfort and a hassle to play.

A element you will take notice off is the soundtracks, the soundtracks are really great they fit into the battle that is happening in your screen it just makes the whole game feel more immersive and “cool” like you are really part of the fight, I absolutely love the soundtracks.

Do I recommend this game?
Do i recommend Sora? Yes, I definitely recommend you to pick it up if you are a fan off bullet hell and great soundtracks.
In addition, everyone who owns Sora will receive a free bonus character in 100% Orange Juice on Steam.

Click here for the full review there is videos and images
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20 of 23 people (87%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 5
Amazing game. Played it years ago, and willing to shell out more money to support the developer.

Tons of weapons, nice music, good gameplay, and great overall presentation. Amazed it took this long for this game to be released on steam.

Video of me showing off the Special version of bosses with weapons. Don't worry, you can put the game on easy and anyone should be able to enjoy it as well.

https://youtu.be/4xdQcWnQ-yo
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15 of 16 people (94%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
5.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 6
At the time of this writing, I have completely beaten Sora on easy mode in a span of 2 hours with the default loadout, no I’m not kidding.

So I think it’s time for me to write a review on this particular type of schmup game that is Sora. Also note that I initially bought another version of this game on GamersGate a year ago which explains how I was able to beat it so easily. The game (on GG) is unpurchasable as far as I know. Of course, this version easily takes that juicy cake.

To begin with, Sora is basically a unique 2D side-scrolling bullet hell game similar to Suguri from the same company that made the popular board game 100% Orange Juice where you play as a young biogenetically enhanced/engineered human girl and defected soldier named Sora through 9 stages (including tutorial and extra stage) in the Suguri/Sora universe and let me warn you, this thing is ♥♥♥♥ hard even on easy. I only managed to beat it because of the countless hours I spent on the Ωth’s version.

Now what makes this one different from the Ωth’s is that now it has better translation, window/fullscreen/borderless mode support, better visual quality and all that other fancy smancy stuff.

To the actual review:

Storyline
I am quite familiar with the Suguri/Sora universe and thus I could absorbed some of the scenes and reference they made. I don’t believe you need to pick up Suguri first if you haven’t yet since there are little said scenes in these 9 stages. Though if you did get Suguri first then you’ll probably able to piece the timeline together. *cough* Sora is a prequel of Suguri *cough*

Gameplay
One word: “repetitive”. Since even on easy you’ll get rained on by a lot and I mean A LOT of ♥♥♥♥♥torms coming for Sora’s head, you will inevitably die from turning to a wrong corner. Expect much rage on this one. Heck I even screamed because some boss had a speck of health left and turned ♥♥♥♥ing Rambo before I had time to shield up. Though by reaching a certain milestone, you can unlock different weapons.

Graphics
Can even run on a potato-powered toaster(not really) and looks better than Suguri. The colorful sparks and light effects from beams and explosions are also enjoyable to watch and add to the fast-paced and intensity of any battle. Epileptics be warned. Also for those who played on a potato-powered toaster, things may get clunky if you have too much bullets filling up your screen.

Music
There are tracks that I am not fond of and there are tracks that are one of my most favorite track of all time. Sometimes you just don’t pay attention to the music at all since the high paced gameplay gives you no room to enjoy them. If you get the chance, try to listen to some of them it’s possible to rip them off from the .dat file but don’t ask me how. There are music tracks with English vocals too. For me those are a nice touch.

Voice
There are Japanese voice acting but limited only in the final boss fight. This is just frostings on the cake but you’ll get to hear what the deadpan Sora sounds like. Easily 10/10 out of me

Controls
You can play it on a keyboard or a standard XInput controller or even a DirectInput controller. I used the latter (I live in the Stone Age I know). I recommend playing it on a controller. It allows for easier controls and may reduce difficulty significantly for most people since you’ll become more nimble. Keyboard works… but stupid. Just stop… please.

My Verdict (8.5/10)
A fast-paced bullet hell game that will guarantee you some sort of rage if you don’t have what it takes to dodge any sort of projectile coming towards you. Also requires a lot of reflexes and hand eye-coordination skillz. The game is enjoyable for a few hours and the repetitiveness will get to you eventually except for those who enjoy unlocking new weapons and achieving high scores or just enjoy spending time with Sora in general. *cough* like me *cough*
Minus one because of a certain bug involving the big ♥♥♥ sword and half a one for repetitiveness.

Check out my nifty Sora-related artworks over at my profile gallery
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20 of 27 people (74%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
23.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 5
don't let my play time fool you, i played a lot of hours in this game before it was release on here. prequel to suguri(and suguri 2) series and tells the story how earth was almost destroy by the human race. near the end of the war, a female soldier appeared on the battlefield. her name was sora(named after the sky for Japaneses) and the most advanced cyborg on earth, sora ditch her army and goes out and save the earth before its too late.

best story in the series, being more darker than "suguri" and way better music thanks to Deku, who returns to do the music(i highly suggest buying the game ost. its a must and you won't be disappointed).

the art is more up to date than suguri(maybe one day oj will release a remaster of sugurui and QPshu1) and the background is very beautiful(being the stage you fight sham).

if you played suguri, then its pretty much the same but now you can have 1 extra weapon this time around and sweet weapons to unlock(zapper being the best weapon).

unlike other bullet hell games, suguri series has a health bar. so no 1 hit kills.

if you love bullet hell games, then buy this gem.

if you love oj games like QPshu or suguri, then buy this game.

sora my waifu. THERE I SAID IT :V u happy ♥♥♥♥♥ u weebs?

ps: the bug with old ios(xp and vista) is fix. it's safe to buy for XP/Vista now. no more odd hitboxes.

so don't have fear in buying the game if you have xp/vista
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11 of 11 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
15.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 22
Sham is a cutie <3

Bullet hells are typically fairly formulaic in fashion, mostly being based around pure dodging in a vertically-oriented screen space with focused movement, small hitboxes allowing for grazing and oftentimes you have your standard bullet-cancelling scoring tricks. Orange Juice had subverted most of these tropes in Suguri, and continue to polish their style of danmaku gameplay in the sequel Sora.

The main nuance to this series is that instead of the standard focused movement, you can perform a dash that sends you flying quickly across the screen. This dash allows you to phase through bullets and standard lasers, but you are still susceptible to physical obstacles such as rockets, dashing also builds up your heat gauge which makes you take even more damage (up to 3 times more damage at 300%). This along with the dashing being used to cancel out shot inputs makes most of the depth in this game, as fighting becomes a visceral mix of shooting and dashing around enemy bullets and rockets, as you try to destroy everything as fast as possible. The potential of these mechanics are realized as each boss plays differently and demand different skills and understanding of mechanics from the player. For example, Tsih can temporarily go invisible meaning that you cannot lock-on to them during this time and you will have to use melee attacks against them, whereas Sham surrounds you with smaller swarming enemies which require switching your lock-on frequently.

Although you can phase through most projectiles, this game is in no way easy. If you are new or relatively new to the series like I was when starting this game, it will take you a while to get used to the fast pace of enemy attacks and the sheer density of projectiles at certain points. The game has quite a steep learning curve that will challenge those experienced with bullet hells along with a grading system at the end of each stage which makes the act of playing Sora feel rewarding and addictive.

Like its predecessor, Sora oftentimes feels like a blend between a fighting game and a shmup, especially due to the addition of swords and other melee weapons that you can use. The scoring system capitalises on this, as it rewards players who can play aggressively and take out hordes of enemies swiftly without taking damage. The addictive mechanics are topped off with an improved visual presentation from Suguri and a great trance-style soundtrack that succeeds in giving each boss a lasting impression.

All in all, Sora feels like an ideal sequel to suguri, as it further expands on the innovations made by suguri with new weapons, abilities, boss fights and certain balance changes. If you are at all a fan of the doujin circle Orange_Juice you would be doing yourself a great disservice by missing out on Sora.
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12 of 15 people (80%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
8.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 6
At least it's not quite as hard as Suguri...

*cries*
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
11.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 14
Plays pretty similar to its predecessor, Suguri, being that you move horizontally and use your dash to phase through energy based attacks, while shooting enemies. So gameplay wise, if you enjoyed Suguri you'll definitely like Sora, especially with the latter's refinements over the original. For example, dash spamming has been nerfed in general--initiating a dash will boost your Heat by about 30%, thus making it more risky to turn on a dime. You also gain Heat from attack cancelling, making that riskier as well. The difficulty curve also feels less abrupt than in Suguri (I still have PTSD from that Kae fight), and scales more linearly. Furthermore, the weapons have been rebalanced making most of the worse weapons from Suguri more viable.

In terms of length, it took me around 9 hours or so to beat story mode (stages 1-7) on easy, so there's quite a bit of content, along with the fantastic OST. Even if you're not so good at these games like I am, you should be able to progress atleast on easy.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
27.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 15
Where to even begin? The gameplay is phenomenal. A worthy successor to Suguri for sure. It really feels like they took everything great about Suguri and polished it to perfection. The game is fast and very challenging. It demands your full attention; blinking can be the difference between life and death. There were numerous times where I simply had to keep my eyes open for as long as I could. The game looks beautiful. The story isn't overly complicated and is nice and simple. However, it has a hook that keeps you invested. The world is gloomy and in a dire state. This is reflected by Sora's internal struggle and her longing to help. Ending up empathizing with Sora is easy to do as you progress through her trials.

The soundtrack is beautiful. It compliments the gameplay and the setting perfectly. Love this game, and I'd recommend it to anyone, especially those looking for a real challenge.
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8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 7
Fast paced bullet hell action goodness. This game has a great feel and is pretty easy to use. A nice game to pass time and either have fun or go full try hard. If looking for a great bullet hell go ahead and grab at it!~
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