Bullet Hell

Game genre theme

A sub-genre of shmup where the whole screen is literally filled with projectiles, usually with the main challenge being avoiding those bullets (often by recognizing/memorizing firing patterns) rather than destroying enemies.


Alternate names: Manic shooter, Curtain fire, Danmaku, 弾幕, Maniac Shooters

The first Bullet Hell video game was released in 1983.

Cave, AMI and Atlus published most of these games.

Parent groups

Scrolling shooter, Shoot 'em up, UVL: Tags that may need renaming

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Linux 49
Arcade 37
Windows 13
X360 12
PS2 10
Dreamcast 6
Mac OS X 3
Saturn 3
iOS 2
PS4 2
PS 2
Switch 2
Apple II E 2
Mobile 2
Flash 1
PS Vita 1
GameCube 1
NEC PC9801 1
Commander X16 1
Xbox 1
PS3 1

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