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 video game about Bullet Hell was released in 1993.

Cave, AMI and Atlus has published most of these games

Parent groups

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

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Linux 48
Arcade 37
X360 12
Windows 11
PS2 10
Dreamcast 5
Mac OS X 3
Saturn 3
PS4 2
PS 2
Mobile 2
iOS 2
Flash 1
PS Vita 1
GameCube 1
Switch 1
NEC PC9801 1
Apple II E 1
Commander X16 1
Xbox 1
PS3 1

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