August 22, 2013 12:42 PM | John Polson
Kasubisha's ﾎﾌﾟｷﾝｿﾝ&ﾎﾌﾟｷﾝｿﾝ (Hopkinson & Hopkinson) is a Windows freeware shmup and Arkanoid (or Breakout, if you can remember that far) hybrid where the player-ship must clear out all the tiles on the screen. Each tile, upon destruction, behaves differently, with most raining bouncy bullets of different speed, amount or special ability. However, the more you destroy, the more bullets rain down, so the power-up can actually be a hindrance for those who can't dodge quickly.
The game provides two different and demanding modes. The first involves clearing stage after stage, and you can return to the last one if you lose all your lives. You can slowly shoot tiles to survive, as long as the clock doesn't wind down. In the second mode, relentless layers of tiles descend. Along with losing a life if you touch a tile or a bullet, if any tile touches the bottom, it's instant game over.
While Hopkinson & Hopkinson reminds me a bit of Psikyo's Gunbarich, which also combined Breakout and shmups, here the bricks shoot back upon exploding and the player can move more freely. I feel like Hopkinson's mix of the two is pretty interesting, though the apparent lack of enemies or bosses makes it feel less like a shmup (I didn't see any after 20 stages.). However, the ricocheting bullets provide an interesting spin compared to the typical player-tracking shot patterns found in most shmups.
See how far you can get in Hopkinson & Hopkinson. If the free Windows download doesn't start for you automatically, click the hyperlinked text on that page: こちらをクリックしてください.