Xbox 360 Gets First Downloadable Doujin Soft Shmup

By Spencer . July 28, 2009 . 11:43am


The indie games program went live in Japan and two titles quietly trickled in on the marketplace, a short visual novel and a shoot ’em up called Crescendo Symphony.


Crescendo Symphony is a side scrolling shooter with a bullet burst meter underneath your life meter. You usually fire a wave of bullets, but when the meter runs out you can’t fire at all. Sorry, trigger happy pilots.


You don’t need a Japanese XBLA account to get this. Just log in and head to “indie games”. Crescendo Symphony is worth a trial download if you’re interested in seeing a Japan developed community game or enjoy shooters, but don’t expect much. I played the demo and it’s repetitive. Might be worth 240 Microsoft Points ($3), mostly for the sake of novelty.

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  • Crazy boring game sadly.. let’s hope for better stuff soon. They released a visual novel TODAY, same company, but all Japanese.

    • The demo was pretty bad, but it’s hard to tell if there’s more to the game that we’re not seeing. I’m not going to find out though!

  • It looks slow, but you got to start somewhere. I don’t mind seeing more shmups on the Xbox, either.

  • ECM

    I’ll stick with the PC doujin scene which has produced some pretty remarkable, every-bit-as-good-as-professional, shooters and action-adventure games.

  • keriaku

    What visual novels were released?

    • Don’t quote me on this, but I believe it’s an “indie” visual novel and not a port. It’s called Soredemo, Watashi wa Aishiteiru.

  • Jaxel

    The GOOD doujin shmups were REJECTED by Microsoft…

    Heres to hoping for Do Don Pachi Dai Ou Jou Black Label Plus on the PS3…

    • I thought ABA Games was working on something a long, long time ago. Perhaps those projects will materialize on the indie games platform since Microsoft doesn’t have to approve them.

  • Alisia Dragon meets the shmups’ world? Judging by the bullet gauge system, sounds like it :P
    Anyway, it’s great to see games like this avaiable at XBLA.

  • lordgeo

    Interestingly enough, Crescendo Symphony and Soredemo, Watashi wa Aishiteru are doing pretty well. Yesterday, Symphony was the #2 Most Popular Indie Game and Aishiteru was #5… But today, Symphony is #5 and Aishiteru is #1.

    Yeah, a visual novel in full Japanese is the Most Popular Indie Game right now… Either a lot of Japanese gamers are buying it or there is some odd allure to having a visual novel available for the 360 outside of Japan, even if it’s in full Japanese.

    • Aoshi00

      I played the visual novel demo and liked it (class rep confessing to the delinquent). I was going to purchase the full game tonight, but it wouldn’t let me. Then I searched the whole indie game list on both US/Jpn marketplace and the game seems to have disappeared, has it been pulled out for some reason :(?

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