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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Release Date: Jan 5, 2016

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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.
    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

    • 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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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
28.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 10
Product received for free
A refreshingly challenging shooting game where you assume the role of Sora, a girl who shoulders the mission of protecting nitrogen and oxygen from carbon monoxide and explosive laser beams by shooting more carbon monoxide and explosive laser beams. You'll feel your heartstrings pulled while repeatedly dying in stage after stage as you slowly build the skill and confidence needed to protect the environment from nasty pollutors.

All in all a heartfelt tale about the dangers of environmental destruction. Do recommend.
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59 of 71 people (83%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
62.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 5
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.

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.

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19 of 22 people (86%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
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.
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13 of 15 people (87%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
7.6 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:

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*

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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19 of 26 people (73%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
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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10 of 10 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
15.8 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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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
13.4 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
28.3 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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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 9
I Luv This Game !
High Recommend for Bullet hell fans
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
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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ReY Scarlet, the Spooked
2.4 hrs
Posted: September 17
I don't normally buy shooter games on Steam, but I made an exception for Sora (and will be making one for Suguri as well). After playing extensively both on my own copy and on a friends (primarily on my friends, as I obviously haven't owned the game myself for a very long time), I can say that this game is bot hfun and exciting. Its also a good option for those newer to the genre, and looking for a new series to play. Over all, good game. Keep it up devs.
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7.7 hrs
Posted: September 14
*LE GASP* How could I have reviewed Suguri but not Sora!? Blasphemy!?

Anyways... Sora, like Suguri, is a bullet hell style shoot 'em up with unique mechanics. We follow our protagonist Sora, a war machine created solely to end said war, fighting back against those who choose to disturb the peace and continue fighting, meeting some familiar faces along the way. The game consists of 7 regular stages and a bonus stage, which may seem small but more than makes up for it in both the difficulty and replayability value.

Sora is in no way as hard as Suguri, however there were some fairly major tweaks in the gameplay to stop the more cheesy strats, such as adding heat penalties for constantly dashing to turn sharply and cancelling delays after shooting. This said, however, the game can be very challenging to those who seek such a challenge with the hard and special difficulties, as well as having a moderate challenge for those like myself who were apparently just never given those bullet hell genes.

The game in general runs smoothly with fairly little lag even on awful laptops such as mine, and the animations are very fluid. The game looks beautiful when we get half a second to look at it, and each little area seems unique, from a snowy alpine region to a barren desert to a gloomy city, never seeming bland or unimaginative to me in the least. The character designs are also very interesting to me, genuinely making me want to get to know these characters more and what caused them to do the things they did.

The game also has it's own little way of teaching you the game mechanics without really teaching you at all. The bosses seem to serve as tutorials, forcing you to get to grips with a certain mechanic and punishing hard if you fail to do so. For example in the first boss battle, the boss uses many fast energy based attacks to force you to learn dashing, whilst the second teaches you how to deal with projectiles that cannot be dashed through and melee attacks. I always find it charming when games like this don't just pop up a little text box, and instead teach you the mechanics through many many tears fighting that one boss over and over until you finally get it... Gotta love it...

The gameplay itself is extremely intuitive, as someone who didn't own a controller for a while, I managed to beat the whole game with keyboard. There aren't a whole lot of buttons to have to learn, there's no having to press 15 buttons at the same time to pull off a super secret special mega ultra attack, just a select few, and that's really all the game needs. The game forces you to make quick decisions but instead of forcing you to fit in a tiny gap between bullets, there are several ways to dodge attacks or beat a boss. The starting weapons are actually pretty good in my opinion, the game doesn't force you to grind in order to get better weapons, instead encourages you to try with what you have, and if that doesn't work, well tough, you just need to get better. By the end of the game, you'll probably have unlocked the majority if not all of the weapons, so it's nice to just go back, play through the stages again and wonder 'what if I used this', or 'what if I did this differently', making the game very enjoyable to play through again.

And if, after playing the game through once, you're thinking 'IF I HAVE TO FIGHT THAT STUPID STAGE 3 MINIBOSS ONE MORE TIME TABLES WILL BE FLIPPED', well you're in luck. The boss battle mode makes for a nice, stressful time, especially on special difficulty, but it's definitely nice to not have to do the whole stage again just to practice the end boss if you're trying on a higher difficulty.

But I mean one good thing in playing the stages over and over and dying over and over is being able to experience the amazing soundtrack Sora has to offer. Honestly in my first playthrough I was too stressed to pay attention, it took a friend pointing out certain tracks for me to realise how wonderful they were, and oh my are they wonderful. After buying the soundtrack I honestly can't name a single track I dislike, even the main menu theme... And that's saying something after you've finished one of the two songs with lyrincs in them, both of which are a nice touch, and not grating as I understand lyrical tracks can be sometimes in games. Honestly I'd buy this game just to listen to the soundtrack, it's just that wonderful.

In conclusion, Sora is a wonderful addition to the bullet hell genre, subverting the norm of 'just shoot and try to fit yourself into these tiny gaps' and improving very much over the original, Suguri, which is also a great game in it's own right. With a great atmosphere, great graphics and a much greater soundtrack, Sora has probably become my favourite bullet hell I've ever played, having probably the 3rd or 4th spot in my favourite OSTs list. I'd recommend buying this dut to all these reasons, and it being fairly cheap certainly helps.
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Enraged Erin
53.9 hrs
Posted: September 3
As challenging as the game is, the story is powerful and the characters are each unique in their own way. Definitely would recommend for anyone wanting to hone their bullet hell dodging abilities.
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22.1 hrs
Posted: August 30
-Nice graphic
-Thrilling gameplay
-Fantastic soundtrack
-Hard but beatable
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5.2 hrs
Posted: August 26
I wonder how many hours it took me to beat stage 1
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7.7 hrs
Posted: August 3
Alright.. for a 2hu vetern.. this is still way harder then expected....

Mainly because most weapon you can only shoot them without moving around and thus making shooting/evading a lot harder since most of the weapon shoot on a 0.5 second timer and a game like this.. a lot can happen in half a second.

The game itself is quite short.. 1 training level .. 1 extra level and 7 regular stage level that tells the story of our favorite living weapon in 100% OJ universe.. Sora... (well.. Sora > Suguri)... She was build by Sham's team as the greatest weapon they have to win the war and stop the war yet this all Sora want to do is fight to protect... Story has quite a couple twist and turn and it's quite interesting..

Music is very amazing. combat animation is awesome and bullet pattern is patterned within chaos as long as you learn them. Some of the in game achievements are quite crazy that involve defeating boss in a certain way....

If you get killed a lot by alte on first stage.. stay calm and keep on trying.. once you complete her you will unlock one of the best weapon .. machine gun which you can move and shoot to make a lot stage a lot simpler.. And one more tip.. sometime it's best to shoot in the general direction of the enemy instead of locking on...

I know i will leave this game as finished but I won't spend too much time to learn the pattern 100% to get all the achievements for this game...

8/10.. enjoy for any bullet hell fan and 100% OJ fan must play it to learn some interesting background and character connections.
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4.7 hrs
Posted: July 25
Really good shoot em up ganeplay.
The soundtrack is beautiful and the fighting is well made.
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Alexstar (Dangerous)
3.7 hrs
Posted: July 9
Absolutely amazing! Sora is a sequel to Suguri (a game I was not a huge fan of), but Sora is so polished and well made that I had a blast playing it. Great soundtrack, tight controls, tons of weapons, and a really immersive world. I'd definitely reccomend this game to anyone who likes fast paced gameplay.
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11.1 hrs
Posted: July 5
A game that you probably never would have heard about if it wasn't for 100% Orange Juice.

Jokes aside, the game is fun. The story isn't complex or anything, but it is emotionally deep, as the main character Sora has to deal with the repurcussions of her actions as a soldier and living weapon. It is dark for the (kind of(?)) same character who threatened to fry her friend with a laser at 50 degrees Celsius because she ate her pudding.

I would recommend to get if you want to see how some of the characters from 100% Orange Juice are actually like, or if you just want to cry because you spent 10 minutes trying to shoot Sham's miniboss to death when you're supposed to melee attack it.
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