Real time shoot em up puzzle action game Bullet♥︎ on KS

May 22, 2020 - 2:28am

“Bullet♥︎ is a Shoot-em-up (SHMUP) puzzle action tabletop game, inspired by series like Touhou Project, Ikaruga, Deathsmiles, The Hurricane of the Varstray, Ether Vapor, and Acceleration of Suguri, to name a few.”

Level 99 Games and designer Joshua Van Laningham have started a Kickstarter Campaign for Bullet♥︎, a 1-4 player, real time, shoot-em-up (SHMUP), puzzle action game. In Bullet♥︎, the inspiration comes from SHMUP video games, and players have a three-minute timer to deal with all of the bullet tokens in their personal bag. Players can pull and place tokens from their bag, spend action points to manipulate tokens, or pattern cards to remove bullets, in any order. Individual characters start with varying abilities, health, and cards. Once all players clear their bag, or die, a new round is started.

Bullet tokens come in 5 colors, matching the 5 columns on a players’ board. The number on the token determines how many spaces down to place it, skipping any spaces already occupied. If bullets reach the bottom of the board, they slide over to your character and remove one health. But have hope, players can manipulate the bullet tokens using special abilities, which usually require spending action points. Also, players start each round with 4 pattern cards. These cards will allow players to remove bullet tokens if their board matches the pattern exactly. Cleared bullet tokens go to the neighbor on the left, to be added to their personal bag next round.

Play continues round after round, three minutes at a time. If a player runs out of health, they are eliminated, and the last player left is declared victor. The game includes free for all, solo, and cooperative game modes with an AI boss. Bullet♥︎ comes with 8 heroines and their associated boards, 79 pattern cards, 37 boss pattern cards, 4 AP trackers, shield and target tokens, 27 power up tiles, 12 team action tiles, 140 bullet tokens, and bags. The Kickstarter Campaign for Bullet♥︎ continues through June 17, and the game is expected to deliver to backers in February 2021. For more details, check out Level 99’s website on Bullet♥︎ here.

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