Today we take you to take a dip in the past. If you’ve been a bullet hell fan for a long time, you can’t help but have heard of Mushihimesama, well-known shootem’up game created by the Japanese video game company Cave in 2004 and became famous a year later thanks to the conversion for PlayStation 2. In this review we will tell you about the recent porting of the first chapter made for Nintendo Switch, let’s go immediately to see what we think.
A particular setting and gamemplay
The plot pretext of Mushihimesama it is very retro, we could say: you will perform Princess Reco, daughter of the royal family of a village, who was destined to sacrifice in exchange for the protection of her people, for a ritual that takes place every 200 years. However, the girl does not want to be there and, riding her trusted companion (a huge cockroach) decides to face the monsters: giant and very aggressive insects that are besieging her village and all of her land. Reco will therefore have to face dozens and dozens of hordes of arthropods who will try to take her out, e every slightest mistake will be fatal to her.
The game became famous at the time also for its setting which, unlike the various competing titles of its years which focused on the use of airplanes, tanks and military equipment, Mushihimesama it stood out by showing insects, plants and all the elements of a forest. The designs and the artistic style, moreover, are very inspired by Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, famous film directed by the master Hayao Miyazaki in 1984.
In terms of gameplay the game is nothing more than a frenetic and classic bullet hell with 5 internships to pass in order to be completed. As for the aesthetic side, the title makes it really good, with very bright colors and different from each other, so that you can always distinguish the various bullets – of a purple and white color – from your character, so as not to get confused. Also with regard to the sound sector, Mushihimesama it’s very on-track, with bass-heavy tracks and capable of keep time perfectly with the very fast pace of the game.
You can choose basic 3 different difficulty levels:
- Original mode: basic version of the levels, the real goal is to keep getting gems and try to survive until the end. Be careful, don’t underestimate it just because it’s the easiest level, Mushihimesama does not spare anyone.
- Maniac mode: intermediate version, a few more bullets even if the speed does not change. For gamers who love the genre, but still not too experienced.
- Ultra mode: harder version of the game, with many more bullets and all speeded up. You won’t survive long if you’re not an expert on bullet hell titles. Moreover, the only mode where the game asks you if you are sure of the choice.
Differences in porting
This port of Mushihimesama it has no particular differences with all the other game versions, the only divergence lies in the DLCs which, while in the previous versions they were extra, here they are all included. This leads to some additional modes that were not present in the other versions, such as the Novice version: an easy way for everyone those players who are novice with this shootem’up, the novices in fact, and which will allow them to learn the basics of this genre gradually … and without dying in a frustrating cycle in the first stage of the game.
Another addition is the Arrange mode, a different version of the Maniac, in which not only you will start directly with the MAX mode charge, when you usually should charge it, but it will also be possible choose the type of shot at will to be used – normally you choose it before starting the internship – S. for the classic one, strong single shot from long distance, M. for a middle ground e W for a very powerful type of projectiles at close range and wider range; moreover the bombs will be automatically thrown when you are hit. In this version for Nintendo Switch, moreover, there will be the possibility to review the various replays of the strongest players in the world so that you can take inspiration to improve your future games.
Last, but certainly not least, version 1.5, the latest released. This, also called Matsuri mode, change the cards on the table for all those who instead Mushihimesama they chew it well: internship with alternative colors and palettes, exclusive soundtrack for this mode only, and enemies popping up from different positions than the original and have a whole new kind of fire. You will also have the possibility to automatically vacuum the gems from the ground and you can start the game directly in MAX mode. But be careful, because if you choose this option the game will increase the difficulty of the enemies immediately.
Review conclusions on Mushihimesama
To conclude this review by Mushihimesama, we also mention the presence of the mode Score Attack, which is the way you can compete with other players online and climb the global ranking trying to score as many points as possible, and the mode Training in case you would like to practice, but above all we want to talk to you about the feeling on Nintendo Switch and any defects. In general the game has no problem turning, no lag or freeze if not on one occasion, where the screen was really full of bullets and enemies, and even then the effect was pretty minimal and didn’t impact the game.
The commands also they are very responsive and precise, despite using a very small lever to move. The real problem lies in the joy-con of the console Nintendo and in his joy drift, a problem that, as you well know, afflicts many Switch units. In a game so frenetic, precise and in which the slightest mistake can easily lead you to defeat, having the movement lever that can not react correctly to inputs, or even give some of its own wrong, is very frustrating. The review is about the porting of Mushihimesama and not the console, but this nonetheless it is a problem to be taken into account.
In general the game pleased us very much, and although it has not added almost anything new compared to the other versions, we believe it is still extremely valid as a bullet hell, and that thanks also to the extra modalities with which to be able to train, it is able to to be able to interest and also attract new players who have never tried a shootem’up title. Finally, if you are interested in other Nintendo Switch games to try, we recommend you read our review on Disgaea 6, a chapter of the saga that surprised us more than expected.