Elixir (@shmups on Twitter) has created a Discord server for shmups fans, players and developers. You can join it by clicking this link: disc.gg/shmups

The forum here is very quiet these days, most people have moved away from forums to Facebook and Discord for their online discussions. I recommend this Discord channel to anyone interested in shmups! It’s a very active community with high-score runs, discussion of new-releases and developers posting their work.

Pawarumi is a verizontal shmup, inspired by the likes of Ikaruga and Radiant Silvergun but with its own original mechanics, set in an universe based on south american folklore and 90s pop culture reference.

It’s currently on Steam Greenlight, so vote for it to see more high-quality shmups on Steam.

The game is being made in Unity by some experienced developers who have previously worked on titles such as Assassin’s Creed, Ruse and The Crew. Take a look at the forum post to see some development screenshots from the Unity editor.

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A Quiver of Crows will be available on Steam on October 20th.

The game features:

  • 360-degree twin-stick chaos!
  • Local / couch co-op so you don’t have to go it alone
  • Upgradable weapons, bombs, and shields
  • Unique environments and physics not common in shmups
  • Play using controller or keyboard & mouse

View the forum post here to read more about the development of the game.

OPQAM’s new shmup “Dogos” is launching on September 6th on PS4, and September 7th on Xbox One and PC.

Great to see an original high-quality shmup getting a console release. Dogos expands on OPQAM’s previous title “Project Root” with fantastic canyon flying stages and multiple weapon upgrades.

I particularly like the design of the main Dogos ship – it’s very reminiscent of classic shmup aircraft like those in Raiden or Gradius, but with a modern feel.

Find out more about the game here: http://www.opqam.com/dogos.html

There are lots of interesting new shmups on the forums at the moment – here are some highlights:


Witchinour is a low-res cute-em-up by sofutogeimu. There’s a demo available on itch.io here. It’s also up on Steam Greenlight so vote for it here.


Out-Of is a side-scrolling space shooter by Next Gamelevel. It’s still in development and will be available on Windows, Mac and Linux. Find out more at the Next Gamelevel website here.

An Oath to the Stars

An Oath to the Stars is a vertical danmaku shmup. It has already been approved for Steam release. You can follow the development of the game on the blog here.