“Definitely not your grandmother’s shoot ’em up.”
Today I’m looking at, well, the wild game you see the logo of above, Mushihime-sama for the Playstation 2. This game has become very infamous online as the game with the “hardest video game boss ever.” Search it up on YouTube, it’s very easy to find.
Mushihime-sama is, as you can tell, a fast paced shoot ’em up that was only released in Japan. Now, I know what you’re thinking, that it can’t be that fast. The game truthfully is quite fast, even being challenging at five frames per second. The game makes it very clear to the player who it’s target audience is, and that would be the hardcore fans of the genre who love to have their screens filled with projectiles and explosions at least 97% of the time.
Gameplay is fast and hectic. I found the higher difficulties to be too extreme, and I didn’t want to show myself dying constantly to you guys, so I opted to play on the easiest difficulty setting so that I could see more of the game in a shorter period of time. it was still quite a handful at normal difficulty, and I found myself dying left and right, particularly on the third stage.
Since I know no Japanese at all, I’m not familiar with how the power-ups or weapon settings really work in this game, but I can tell that the more flashing orbs you collect, the more potent your weapons seem to become. You are also equipped with several devastating bombs that destroy everything in their path, unless you happen to be firing them at a boss, in which case the bomb will have little to no effect. Bosses are very exciting and fun to fight in this game as they throw wave after wave of projectiles at you, each one looking more intimidating and impossible to dodge than the last. Since I was playing the Playstation 2 version of this game, I had the luxury of having unlimited continues, which I can safely say you will most certainly need.
Graphics are not easy to comment on, because everything happens so fast and the things I wanted to look at were usually obscured by explosions and projectiles flying all around. I can say that the stage backgrounds look quite good for a PS2 game, and bosses look very well done with lots of detail. Menus are very straight forward and thankfully the main menu itself is in English so it is very easy to navigate.
It’s difficult to review a game like this. The gameplay is simple, and we all know what it’s about. There are no major innovations to be found, the game is just a straight up bullet hell shoot ’em up that will proudly beat you into oblivion. Overall, it stands above most games of it’s kind and is certainly above average. The gameplay is fast and mesmerizing, and the intoxicating music sucks you into the experience even more. If you are a fan of shoot ’em ups and are able to get your hands on Mushihime-sama, do yourself a favour and seize the opportunity. Try this game out, because it’s good fun and a great way to pass time on those rainy days.