Shoot 'em up with the 3rd game in the Gundemonium Collection series.
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Very Positive (149 reviews) - 87% of the 149 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Sep 27, 2011

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About This Game

Shoot 'em up with the 3rd game in the Gundemonium Collection series. Hitogata Happa is considered one of the hardest doujin style shooters ever! – Unlike the first two games, Hiitogata Happa is a vertical scrolling upward shooter, the action in this game is a visual mish-mash of weaponry that will give your senses a total overload. Threatened by an invading army who is terrorizing the land, Rosa enlisted the magic of a witch, Kreutzer – who has charmed her own army of magic dolls, each with extreme power and crazy weapons. Use these dolls to take revenge on the invaders as you blast through six, intense stages. Choose from twelve playable characters (four unlockable), each with their own special abilities, and unlock secret game features.

Key features:

  • 6 stages of vertical-scrolling bullet insanity
  • Sweet old-school retro anime-style art
  • 8 playable characters, and 4 unlockable characters
  • 2 unlockable special modes
  • 13 Steam achievements
  • Full online leaderboards
  • New arranged soundtrack by Woofle

System Requirements

    • Operating system: Windows® XP, Vista, or Windows 7
    • Processor: Intel® 1 GHz Processor (Recommended: 2 GHz)
    • Memory: 256 MB RAM (Recommended: 512 MB RAM)
    • Hard disk space: 500MB
    • Video: DirectX® 9 level Graphics Card
    • Sound: DirectSound-compatible Sound Card
    • DirectX®: DirectX 9 or above
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Very Positive (149 reviews)
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Ookazi #savethebay
37.7 hrs
Posted: August 8
Game is sick. Really good bullet hell. Lots of fun characters, with a lot of different, good abilities and stuff. My roomate got this as kinda a joke birtday gift by buying the first thing under the "anime" tag, I've ended up spending like 35+ hours in it so far.
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Ez8
12.4 hrs
Posted: June 27
Kill one, another takes its place.

Hitogata Happa is a game that is completely different from the other Gundemonium games, opting for the traditional top down view and focusing itself as a prequel. But is this a suicidal concept?

Gameplay

Hitogata Happa, for whatever reason, plays very differently from the other Gundemonium titles. Using the more widely used top down view, Hitogata Happa's main gimmick is in its name. Roughly translating to "humanoid explosion," Hitogata Happa features the ability to crash your playable character into an enemy to create a powerful explosion that is almost necessary for completing the game. To offset this questionable sacrifice, your playable characters are an army of non-sentient dolls created by your BFF and partner in revolution, Kreutzer. Your dolls are 100% expendable, and you get more after finishing each campaign mission, so you can stockpile. In addition to having lots of them, you also have a variety of dolls to choose from, with all of them doing different things. You'll, of course, need all of this because this game is hard. Like, really hard. Harder then the other Gundemoniums, at the least. Bosses have time limits, enemies are quick to the draw and cover the screen with bullets very fast, even on normal difficulty, and things go downhill really quick unless you're good at dodging or erasing bullets (You can do that!).

Graphics

Probably the most "updated" graphics of any Gundemonium game besides Recollection, Hitogata Happa looks alright, but definitely loses a bit due to the same color palette being used on every enemy (This is mostly done as the enemy faction, the Genoremasody Reich, are suppose to look similar and very factorialized, justifying the color palette). The game also has a bit of color loss, mostly due to the game's darker approach in story. It does make up for these lackluster colors with its intriquite weavings and patterns that you see all over the game, from the marking on the AoE of your suicide bomb attack, to the text on the mission complete screen.

Performance

Nothing particularly bad. Good ol' Potato friendly gaming.

Soundtrack

As per the Hitogata Happa way, the Soundtrack is a bit more different, going for a more elegant approach with tons of organ, piano, and fiddle/violin abuse. It's good, but not what you're used to if you've listened to the other two soundtracks. Still, it's kickass in it's own way, especially the true-final-boss track. Really good stuff from Woofles, who takes DM Ashura's place in the soundtrack department this time.

Recollection

Good game. Play it if you like bullet hells.
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Neon Henchman
22.4 hrs
Posted: May 15
A very fun bullet-hell shooter.

The main gimmick, for the genre, is that you can choose between 8 types of dolls, each with heavily varying abilities, and none ever come out as useless. You can buy multiple of each, as they act as your lives, and you can also use these dolls, when their FLOW is maxed/after a set amount of time, to bump into the enemies (easier said than done in most cases) and unleash a powerful explosion, the key to success in this game. These are really fun and rewarding mechanics.

Given it's a bullet-hell, expect it to be pretty tough.
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Baddest Rat
3.6 hrs
Posted: May 14
This game is mental and I don't understand it at all.
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PlayItJack#1483 on Overwatch
0.1 hrs
Posted: March 13
This was pretty fun for what I played
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VrxEaeogFKQ
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bee
0.3 hrs
Posted: March 6
i played it for less than 20 minutes and already ive destroyed half my home out of pure anger generated by this game! thanks hitogata happa!!
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Shinsen Maruhige
25.8 hrs
Posted: February 28
Good:
- Huge ammount of variety in game play with the different characters, it's not just pallete swap and bomb change (with one exception).
- Every difficulty level is punishing in its own way, but easy/medium is still *fair*.
- Glorious and I mean GLORIOUS final boss theme. The rest of the music holds up pretty well too and it was rather splendid of them to bundle the soundtrack with the game.
- Sound design in general is quite satisfying, so much so the bomb effects started to provide the same level of satisfaction as the final 'shnnnk' of killing a hard enemy in Dark Souls.
- Neat if low key enemy designs.
- Strategic planning is needed to take on the long game, as you can't just spam and dodge, you need to have the right tools for every major enemy, which won't necessarily work for the horde.

Bad:
- It's a bullet hell shooter that isn't pretending to be anything else.
- Some of the character voices can get annoying very quickly.
- Yes, you're using dolls. If that bothers you i'd suggest you look elsewhere.

I'd actually say go for this over the Gundeadligne/Gundemonium if you have to choose, as this one has a faster pace and more thoughtful mechanics behind it. It's also a bit more sensible with the pacing of its changes in enemy types and boss staging.

I really like this game and if top down shooters are your thing you probably will as well.
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Halen5
0.4 hrs
Posted: February 14
The dolls and ram/bomb mechanic, while unique, is not an innovation which I am taken to. The other two in the series are pretty alright though.
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Nez
13.1 hrs
Posted: December 30, 2015
Suicide simmulator 10/10
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PuToTyra
72.2 hrs
Posted: December 12, 2015
I didn't ask for these feels

...but this is my favorite danmaku game of all time....
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56 of 73 people (77%) found this review helpful
37 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 26, 2014
This is the first and so far only accurate simulation of WW2 kamikaze missions I've ever played and I'm pleased to say that it does it well. I feel my burning Japanese spirit swell up with pride as I dodge the yankee devil danmaku and sacrifice myself so that my comrades might walk over my corpse and onward to victory. This is the spirit of kantorai, something you gaijin would never understand. Long live the Emperor. I give this game 10/10.
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22 of 26 people (85%) found this review helpful
Recommended
16.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 13, 2014
This is one of the best bullet hells here avaliable on Steam (of course it's not touhou but it does its work pretty well), and it's totally worth it (more if you can get it on sale). The third part of the Gundemonium Recollection, and a vertical scroll (instead of horizontal like its predecessors), with very charming characthers and of course a japanese touch. The other two games of the Gundemonium Recollection are great too, so if you want to get it, don't doubt it.
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13 of 16 people (81%) found this review helpful
Recommended
13.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 15, 2014
Another one of my favorite shmups on Steam. This game has a ton of polish, a few different game modes, very nice pixel art with lots of explosions happening all the time and 13 characters! This game is a bit different than your typical shmup. Your "bombs" in this game will explode by sacrificing your character against an enemy. Weird concept, but it works great! You can also buy multiple lives and new characters after each stage to make up for sacrficing yourself. Its still very difficult and most people wont make it past the Beginner difficulty. One of the best shmups on Steam and highly recommended.
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9 of 11 people (82%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 15, 2013
The closest thing you can find to proper bullet hell on Steam.

Hard, no surprise, but it gets harder. Instead of playing as a single character with 4-some lifes, but instead, you play as a dozen dolls with a maz of a dozen lifes each, only if you have to gems.
Unlike Touhou, bombing is both the real challenge and the main gimmick of this game. To bomb, you need to survive until your FLOW bar maxes out, and then, RUN FACE FIRST INTO THE CLOSEST ENEMY YOU FIND, WHAHAHA!!! Seriously, when you run into an enemy, your doll explodes, doing massive damage and basically killing everything inside it's lengthy radius. It's the only way you can beat many of the bosses without Timing Out, Timing Out = Hard to dodge bullets and No respawning, you die there, game over.

Hold for the nigh-unfair difficulty, and dumbass doujin game devs not knowing what the hell the options are, or what a mouse is, it's the closest thing to bullet hell you can get, and is it hell.
Dark Souls can suck it.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
12.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 27
Kill one, another takes its place.

Hitogata Happa is a game that is completely different from the other Gundemonium games, opting for the traditional top down view and focusing itself as a prequel. But is this a suicidal concept?

Gameplay

Hitogata Happa, for whatever reason, plays very differently from the other Gundemonium titles. Using the more widely used top down view, Hitogata Happa's main gimmick is in its name. Roughly translating to "humanoid explosion," Hitogata Happa features the ability to crash your playable character into an enemy to create a powerful explosion that is almost necessary for completing the game. To offset this questionable sacrifice, your playable characters are an army of non-sentient dolls created by your BFF and partner in revolution, Kreutzer. Your dolls are 100% expendable, and you get more after finishing each campaign mission, so you can stockpile. In addition to having lots of them, you also have a variety of dolls to choose from, with all of them doing different things. You'll, of course, need all of this because this game is hard. Like, really hard. Harder then the other Gundemoniums, at the least. Bosses have time limits, enemies are quick to the draw and cover the screen with bullets very fast, even on normal difficulty, and things go downhill really quick unless you're good at dodging or erasing bullets (You can do that!).

Graphics

Probably the most "updated" graphics of any Gundemonium game besides Recollection, Hitogata Happa looks alright, but definitely loses a bit due to the same color palette being used on every enemy (This is mostly done as the enemy faction, the Genoremasody Reich, are suppose to look similar and very factorialized, justifying the color palette). The game also has a bit of color loss, mostly due to the game's darker approach in story. It does make up for these lackluster colors with its intriquite weavings and patterns that you see all over the game, from the marking on the AoE of your suicide bomb attack, to the text on the mission complete screen.

Performance

Nothing particularly bad. Good ol' Potato friendly gaming.

Soundtrack

As per the Hitogata Happa way, the Soundtrack is a bit more different, going for a more elegant approach with tons of organ, piano, and fiddle/violin abuse. It's good, but not what you're used to if you've listened to the other two soundtracks. Still, it's kickass in it's own way, especially the true-final-boss track. Really good stuff from Woofles, who takes DM Ashura's place in the soundtrack department this time.

Recollection

Good game. Play it if you like bullet hells.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
9.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 24, 2014
Crazy Japanese bullet hell fun. I wish I was better at this genre so I could truly appreciate the advanced features and the need to ration your kamikaze attacks. Unless you're a bullet-hell/danmaku ninja, you have to save your doll roster for specific bosses and reaching the end of the game. Several unlockable units and bosses for the truly skilled. It's not Bug Princess (Mushihimesama, they made a port of that for iOS, LOLOLOLOL), but it's still hella tough.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 5, 2014
If you want to enjoy this game, you NEED to read the manual. Playing this blind is odious and how you need to play it is not as obvious as most other shmups.
The thing about having to crash against the bosses to kill them is interesting, but just as you would think, is very annoying to pull off since if you get hit by a bullet it negates the explosion and that's what's most likely to happen as you near the boss you're trying to attack.
The thing about the game entering sudden death mode when the timer runs out on the bosses, sure, it enforces the suicide bomb playstyle expected from the game, but will be an immediate turn down for anyone who, like me, came expecting a traditional shmup and didn't look for the manual. So, hopefully, you'll read the ♥♥♥♥ing game up. It still makes boss fights really annoying if you take too long to beat them, which is more likely than not since you'll spend most of your time running into bullets while trying to suicide into the boss. Hopefully this problem is solved once you give yourself enough practice and time to learn the game, I did not give myself that many.
One thing I remember from this game is that there were a couple patterns on ♥♥♥♥ing easy that did not ♥♥♥♥ing belong on easy.
One thing that bothered me a lot is that once you die, you get a short time to select a new character to send out, which you can select with the arrow keys. DON'T. Just ♥♥♥♥ing DON'T. If I want to select a new character before spawning, at least let it be only with the actual character selection keys. It's REALLY annoying when I set some character to be the next one to go out, and then when the current one dies, a completely different one is sent out because I didn't let go of the arrow keys or I pressed it too early.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
10.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 28, 2012
"GODJIRRA?!?!" - Intro to the boss on level 3.

Blindingly hard game made all the harder by lack of tutorial coupled with new mechanics. First: If you run out of time on a boss he goes batshit insane and will start wrecking your ♥♥♥♥, yo. If he destroys your current doll in this mode (a ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ certainty) you game over. Second, crashing your doll in to something on purpose once your flow meter is charged will cause a powerful kamikaze attack, and is sometimes the only way to stop running out of time. Third: Half the dolls you can buy in the game are ♥♥♥♥; stick to Leaf, Earl, Assam and Clover. Armed with this information you can now make a stab at Euridice mode. You are welcome.

Also the story makes about as much sense as Donnie Darko dubbed in Korean.

Still keen? Well prepare your ♥♥♥♥ sailor, and go try to ♥♥♥♥ up some neo-nazis with cute little dolls.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 3, 2013
THIS GAME IS ♥♥♥♥ING CRAZY AS LUNATIC TOUHOU!
I'm not very good with these kind of games, but I made my way to play Touhou series at least on Hard....BUT this game.......can't even pass through the first level on easy difficulty -.- (probably I just suck, but...very very hard..)
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18 of 34 people (53%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 20, 2014
LUNATIC EXTRA PHANTASM.
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