Shmup Development (using XNA and C#)

Sunday, April 08, 2007

How to play the game

Bullet Hell Tactics demo includes one level. The goal is to kill the final boss and get as high score as you can.

How to play the game
You control a small spaceship and must destroy hordes of evil enemies. Shoot them down with your lasers while trying to evade the bullets they shoot back. When a enemy is destroyed they drop energy, pick these up fill up your own energy. You can also aim your ship and shoot in 360 degrees and not let a single enemy survive.

How player energy works
Player energy is displayed in the upper left corner of the screen. To fill up energy you must collect the green stuff the enemies drop when they are destroyed. You can use your energy in two ways:

  • Spinning shield, makes you invurnable to bullets (this is very important to use, but be careful not to run out of energy)
  • Homing laser missiles, very strong weapon that destroys most of whats in it's way (all of your energy will be used, so be careful!)

How bonus works
You get a multiplier for every bullet that bounces from your shield, and that multiplier is then used to calculate bonus when destroying enemies. If you die, the bonus and multiplier is lost. You collect the bonus when firing your homing lasers.

How to control player spaceship

Keyboard & Mouse:

  • Move - Mouse
  • Shoot - Left mouse button
  • Shield - Right mouse button
  • Aim (set pivot point) - Left Ctrl
  • Homing missiles - Left Shift

Xbox 360 controller:

  • Move - Left thumbstick
  • Shoot - A button (or right trigger)
  • Shield - B button (or left trigger)
  • Aim (set pivot point) - Hold X button
  • Homing missiles - Left/right shoulder button


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