DoDonPachi Resurrection HD iOS review

DoDonPachi Resurrection HD iOS reviewNotable for having one of the strangest names on the App Store (it’s Japanese), DoDonPachi Resurrection HD also stands out as one of the most expensive games. However, what you’re getting for £9.99 (£5.49 for the non-HD version) is a port of a proper arcade game, not some half-bummed smartphone title.

Is DoDonPachi Resurrection HD worth a tenner? You better believe it, Jack. It’s freakin’ great.

For those unfamiliar with the DonPachi series, essentially it’s a vertical scrolling shooter filed under “bullet hell” (or “bullet heaven”, as Cave suggests on the app description).

That means the screen is regularly filled – or perhaps more accurately overwhelmed – with baddies and bullets and lasers and explosions. It’s mental, and it’s tons of fun.

DoDonPachi Resurrection also appears on the Xbox. Diehards will inevitably bemoan the lack of a proper controller on smartphones and tablets. Indeed, the touchscreen controls actually make things a tad easier; you can nip around the screen just as fast as your finger can move.

However, if you’re a glutton for punishment, you can always crank the difficulty to Hard. Conversely, if you’re new to bullet hell, you can pop it down to Novice.

Similarly, you can choose to continue ad nauseam, though your score drops back to zero each time.

There are two game modes in DoDonPachi Resurrection HD, though the nuances don’t make for particularly interesting reading. Cave includes a full tutorial for both Smartphone and Arcade mode, though I’d recommend diving in, then checking out the instructions.

Essentially, you’ve got three lives, and your health is comprised of a number of bombs. Each time you get hit, one bomb explodes and you’re rendered temporarily invincible. You can also choose to manually detonate bombs, though you’re effectively spending valuable health.

There are two modes of fire in DoDonPachi Resurrection HD, including the laser that crucially pushes back enemy lasers, and a massive Hyper Cannon – handy for dealing massive damage to bosses.

With five levels in DoDonPachi Resurrection HD, it’ll take you around 25 minutes to blast through, but there’s replay value in attacking high scores, Game Center achievements to aim for, content to unlock, and three ship types in Smartphone and Arcade (six total). Phew.

What are you waiting for? Go download DoDonPachi Resurrection HD, crank the volume, and make things explode.


  • Looks and sounds great
  • The massive Hyper Cannon
  • The huge bosses
  • Bullet hell is awesome…


  • …but not for everyone
  • It’s fairly expensive
  • Quite short

Summary: DoDonPachi Resurrection HD is bullet hell at its finest. Brilliant.

Developer: Cave

Requirements: Compatible with iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPad 2 Wi-Fi, iPad 2 Wi-Fi + 3G, iPad (3rd generation) and iPad Wi-Fi + 4G.Requires iOS 4.1 or later.

Price: £9.99 @ App Store

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Pondlife  Jul. 12, 2012 at 17:35

Can't even remember the name of the game it most reminds me of. :(
Used to rather like several of this genre though.
Ouch £14.99 on xbox

lcurdie / MOD  Jul. 12, 2012 at 18:26

Hmm, something from Treasure perhaps? Radiant Silvergun? Ikaruga?

Pondlife  Jul. 12, 2012 at 18:31

Even older than Ikaruga but having googled, man that looks pretty. Think maybe older than RS too. :(


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