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Retro shoot em ups for beginners.


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You might have fun with games that have either a health bar, or a shield power-up that lets you absorb a few hits without dying. I'm not a shmup expert, but I've had fun with stuff like Gate of Thunder or Soldier Blade, and both of them feature a shield power-up that can help you out of tight situations.

And yeah, Galaga and Xevious are neat too. Xevious I find to be very atypical as far as shmups go, though - it's still one of the only games I've played where the enemies feel like they're trying to not die, so they constantly swerve out of your line of fire when approaching. You really have to approach that game differently from other shmups if you want to land hits on anyone.

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