September 7, 2013 4:35 PM | John Polson
The wonderful thing about Japanese shmups is that language is largely not a barrier to entry. In Puni-O's probably DeathSmiles-inspired hortizonal shooter Chuboomb, free for Windows, you control a maid-like character who just can't cause enough ruckus. In this bullet-heavy shmup, you'll fight somewhat NSFW enemies and bosses, some of which produce rather dazzling bullet patterns.
Because the readme is in Japanese, here are the default keyboard controls: arrows for movement, Z key for main shot, X key for slow laser shot, C key for bomb, backspace for pause, ESC to end the game, and Enter key for full screen mode. You can also use an Xbox 360 controller to play.
Chuboomb provided me with 3 continues, so I can only say for now there are at least 5 challenging stages. Anyone with sharper shmup skills, let us know just how long the game is. (Click on the "ゲームのダウンロードはこちら" link or however your browser translates "download game here" to get the file.)