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The top results based on the latest update are Saviors [Score: 3.2], Jamestown [Score: 2.8] and Crimzon Clover WORLD IGNITION [Score: 2.8].
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Ikaruga
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Shoot! Dodge! and... Get Hit!? "Ikaruga" is a vertical shoot 'em up that features an unique polarity-switching gameplay. Switch the ship's polarity and "get hit and absorb" enemy bullets! Achieve High Score with the chain bonus!

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Saviors
Shoot 'Em UpBullet HellActionIndieSpace

Saviors

6.1
1265 266

Release date: 6 May, 2016

Windows | Steam Achievements | Full controller support | Steam Trading Cards

Saviors brings the best bullet hell experience you can find on Steam. Play through 18 challenging stages in this ultimate test of tactics and reflexes.

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Jamestown
Shoot 'Em UpBullet HellLocal Co-OpIndieSteampunk

Jamestown

6.1
569 32

Release date: 8 Jun, 2011

Windows |   Mac | Steam Achievements | Full controller support | Steam Leaderboards

Jamestown: Legend Of The Lost Colony is a neo-classical top-down shooter for up to 4 players, set on 17th-century British Colonial Mars. It features all the intensity, depth, and lovingly handcrafted pixels of a classic arcade shooter, with a modern twist: deeply-integrated cooperative gameplay.

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Crimzon Clover  WORLD IGNITION
Shoot 'Em UpBullet HellIndieActionArcade

Crimzon Clover WORLD IGNITION

6.5
960 57

Release date: 6 Jun, 2014

Windows | Steam Achievements | Full controller support | Steam Trading Cards | Steam Leaderboards

Prepare yourself for an insatiable rain of bullets, bombs, and beams in Crimzon Clover. From Japanese indie developer Yotsubane, this retro top-down shooter is a wild ride you won't want to miss out on.

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Sky Force Reloaded
Shoot 'Em UpActionBullet HellIndieArcade

Sky Force Reloaded

6.7
1198 87

Release date: 29 Nov, 2017

Windows |   Mac |   Linux | Steam Achievements | Full controller support | Steam Trading Cards | Steam Leaderboards

Sky Force Reloaded is a classic shoot ‘em up experience packed in gorgeous visuals and excellent gameplay. Enjoy flashy explosions, beautiful scenery and massive bosses in single player or local cooperative modes.

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LUFTRAUSERS
IndieBullet HellArcadeActionPixel Graphics

LUFTRAUSERS

7.3
2651 225

Release date: 18 Mar, 2014

Windows |   Mac |   Linux | Steam Achievements | Full controller support | Steam Trading Cards | Steam Leaderboards

The skies will be set aflame and the seas will overflow with wreckage in Vlambeer’s stylish arcade shooter LUFTRAUSERS! Select from over 125 combinations of weapons, bodies, and propulsion systems and take to the skies to battle enemy fighter planes, battleships, submarines, and rival aces for glory, honor, and high scores.

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Sky Force Anniversary
Shoot 'Em UpActionBullet HellIndieArcade

Sky Force Anniversary

6.8
1441 120

Release date: 29 Apr, 2015

Windows |   Mac |   Linux | Steam Achievements | Full controller support | Steam Trading Cards | Steam Leaderboards

Legendary shoot-'em-up makes its way on the PCs! Abundant explosions, truly epic boss fights and beautifully crafted 3D environments are here to keep you entertained. Sky Force Anniversary offers single player experience and local cooperative mode for 2 players.

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DARIUSBURST Chronicle Saviours
Shoot 'Em UpActionArcadeGreat SoundtrackSide Scroller

DARIUSBURST Chronicle Saviours

5.2
406 71

Release date: 3 Dec, 2015

Windows | Steam Achievements | Full controller support | Steam Trading Cards | Steam Leaderboards

DARIUSBURST Chronicle Saviours is the latest installment in Taito's DARIUS series of arcade-style shooting games. Blast hordes of alien sea-monsters, and blaze your own trail through branching environments.

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Super Galaxy Squadron EX Turbo
IndieActionBullet HellShoot 'Em UpRetro

Super Galaxy Squadron EX Turbo

4.4
152 25

Release date: 23 Jan, 2015

Windows |   Linux | Steam Achievements | Full controller support | Steam Trading Cards | Steam Leaderboards

Super Galaxy Squadron is a fast-paced vertical shooter designed for human beings as well as shmup veterans. Featuring multiple game modes, a challenging but merciful difficulty curve, forgiving health system, and seventeen playable ships.

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Mushihimesama
Bullet HellShoot 'Em UpArcadeActionGreat Soundtrack

Mushihimesama

6.6
876 28

Release date: 12 Nov, 2015

Windows | Steam Achievements | Full controller support | Steam Trading Cards | Steam Leaderboards

Battle huge "Koju" bugs in CAVE's beautiful fantasy shooter, Mushihimesama. Experience the thrill of bullet hell from the masters of the genre as you evade visually stunning shot patterns with thousands of bullets.

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Revolution Ace
Shoot 'Em UpIndieActionBullet HellShooter

Revolution Ace

5.2
1064 427

Release date: 19 Mar, 2014

Windows | Steam Achievements | Full controller support | Steam Trading Cards | Steam Leaderboards

A deep, tactical shoot'em up. With every takedown, you’ll earn cash and xp to upgrade your ship and unlock new abilities. Online and local co-op. Unique versus mode. Realistic physics and water simulation.

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Jets'n'Guns Gold
Shoot 'Em UpGreat SoundtrackActionSide ScrollerIndie

Jets'n'Guns Gold

6.2
927 113

Release date: 5 Feb, 2014

Windows |   Mac |   Linux | Steam Achievements | Steam Trading Cards

Jets'n'Guns is a heavy piece of ground shaking rock blasting action with graphics and special effects that will blow you eyes out! Enjoy yourself in almost-insane action adventure of saving the universe from the deadly threat of more than 270 unique monsters in the campaign of 43 levels.

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Nex Machina
Twin Stick ShooterBullet HellArcadeGreat SoundtrackIndie

Nex Machina

6.3
1069 128

Release date: 20 Jun, 2017

Windows | Steam Achievements | Full controller support | Steam Trading Cards

Nex Machina is an intense arcade style twin-stick shooter from Housemarque. Taking hints from both Robotron and Smash TV, Nex Machina focuses on pure action, voxel destruction and competition in the distant, cablepunk themed future.

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REVOLVER360 RE:ACTOR
Shoot 'Em UpIndieBullet HellActionShooter

REVOLVER360 RE:ACTOR

5.2
220 9

Release date: 24 Oct, 2014

Windows | Steam Achievements | Full controller support | Steam Trading Cards

The world really does revolve around you in this mind-bending shooter where changing your perspective could save your life.

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eXceed 3rd - Jade Penetrate Black Package
Bullet HellAnimeShoot 'Em UpGreat SoundtrackAction

eXceed 3rd - Jade Penetrate Black Package

5.6
384 27

Release date: 2 Aug, 2012

Windows | Steam Trading Cards

eXceed 3rd reboots the eXceed storyline, taking it in a new direction. In this installment, Rayne Lindwurm, a descendent of the Dragon Clan, fights her way through a tournament to become one of the 7 Cardinal Lords who rule her world, Pandemonium.

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Syder Arcade
Shoot 'Em UpIndieActionArcadeBullet Hell

Syder Arcade

5.3
369 55

Release date: 24 Oct, 2013

Windows |   Mac |   Linux | Steam Achievements | Full controller support | Steam Trading Cards | Steam Leaderboards

Killing zombies never gets old, but sometimes you just need a break. Get back to some serious old-school gaming with Syder Arcade! Syder Arcade is a love letter to Amiga games of the ‘90s, no coins, no upgrade grinding, just your tenacity and a motherload of alien invaders.

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Sine Mora
Shoot 'Em UpIndieBullet HellArcadeAction

Sine Mora

5.2
427 80

Release date: 9 Nov, 2012

Windows | Steam Achievements | Full controller support | Steam Leaderboards

Sine Mora is a horizontal shoot'em up that provides a unique take on challenge, where time is the ultimate factor.

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METAL SLUG X
ActionArcadeCo-opClassic2D

METAL SLUG X

6.7
1550 171

Release date: 2 Oct, 2014

Windows | Steam Achievements | Full controller support | Steam Trading Cards | Steam Leaderboards

“METAL SLUG X”, one of the most highly praised titles in the series among Metal Slug fans for its refined balance and game volume, heads out to the Steam gaming platform!

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Xenoraid: The First Space War
IndieShoot 'Em UpArcadeShooterSci-fi

Xenoraid: The First Space War

3.9
67 6

Release date: 30 Sep, 2016

Windows | Steam Achievements | Full controller support | Steam Trading Cards | Steam Leaderboards

Xenoraid is a vertically scrolling shoot'em up with procedurally driven missions and detailed shooting mechanics. Modern features such as real time fighter switching and squadron management make Xenoraid a fresh and thrilling shooter!

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Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions Evolved
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Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions Evolved

6.3
901 92

Release date: 25 Nov, 2014

Windows |   Mac |   Linux | Steam Achievements | Full controller support | Steam Leaderboards

Experience the full evolution of the award-winning Geometry Wars franchise and battle through waves of enemies on 3D grids in this frenetic arcade shooter!

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Steredenn
Bullet HellShoot 'Em UpAction RoguelikeActionIndie

Steredenn

5.4
420 59

Release date: 1 Oct, 2015

Windows |   Mac |   Linux | Steam Achievements | Full controller support | Steam Trading Cards | Steam Leaderboards

Steredenn is a frenetic and chaotic space shooter, carved in big beautiful pixels, with insane boss battles. Embark in your ship and engage the fight against dreadful space pirates in a never-ending combat for your survival.

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Bit Blaster XL
IndieArcadePixel GraphicsCasualShoot 'Em Up

Bit Blaster XL

8.3
5122 150

Release date: 22 Jan, 2016

Windows |   Mac |   Linux | Steam Achievements | Full controller support | Steam Trading Cards | Steam Leaderboards

A throwback to the classic quarter eating arcade games of the 80's. Bit Blaster XL is a retro styled, addictive, and fast paced arcade shoot 'em up! (shmup).

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Astebreed: Definitive Edition
AnimeShoot 'Em UpMechsActionBullet Hell

Astebreed: Definitive Edition

6.2
927 118

Release date: 30 May, 2014

Windows | Steam Achievements | Full controller support | Steam Trading Cards

Climb into the cockpit of an otherworldly war machine and fly into battle against a horrifying alien race bent on eradicating humanity to preserve their own civilization.

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The Hurricane of the Varstray -Collateral hazard-
IndieActionShoot 'Em UpBullet HellAnime

The Hurricane of the Varstray -Collateral hazard-

3.7
114 39

Release date: 21 Dec, 2015

Windows | Steam Achievements | Full controller support | Steam Trading Cards | Steam Leaderboards

【About "The Hurricane of the Varstray"】"The Hurricane of the Varstray" is a vertically scrolling shoot'em up with a SF story: in the distant future, to defend the Earth against the invasion of mystery mechanical structures, 4 girls head to "the Varstray sector," far away from the Earth and considered as the v

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Grand Brix Shooter
ActionCasualIndieBullet HellShoot 'Em Up

Grand Brix Shooter

3.7
45 2

Release date: 29 Aug, 2019

Windows | Steam Achievements | Steam Leaderboards

Challenge yourself to a new kind of bullet-hell fusion shooter. Change your aircraft to get new skills just when you need them against advancing foes. Aim for the top spot!

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