Funded! This project was successfully funded on August 29, 2013.


High octane, explosion packed, arcade style SHMUP action! Fly high soldier!


Date : Unknown.

Current danger level: Maximum.

All havens lost to the Zark Armada. All planets and bases lost to the Zark Armada.

Civilization Status : Destroyed.

There is no longer any infrastructure of any known life left in the known universe. 

Experimental Fighter Shiden Status : Unknown

Cannot confirm the destruction of the Shiden.

Zark Armada Status : Interception Imminent.

What kind of game is this?

Shiden is a arcade style SHMUP (Shoot em up). Shiden takes influence from games like DoDonPachi, Cho Ren Sha 68k and Mars Matrix. In these styles of game the player is a single ship that must face thousands of enemies and dodge all of their bullets whilst causing as much carnage as possible. While this may make you seem overpowered, your ship is actually noticeably weaker than most enemies, taking only a single shot to be destroyed. With a low entry barrier stemming from a simplistic control scheme, to a high skill ceiling for those interested in second loops, TFB and 1cc runs, SHMUP's are a genre of game that offer something for everyone. 

Who are you and why do you want my money?

Shiden is a SHMUP currently in development for PC, Mac and Linux. Shiden is being made by Gar Studios, currently headed by Kevin Simpson who has previously worked on XBLIG such as Garuding and game engines such as FlatRedBall. Shiden is nearing completion and I am interested in porting it to as many devices as possible. The main purpose of this Kickstarter is to secure funds so the game can be ported to Android, Ouya and possibly iOS. Any money over the raised goal would go toward improving the game itself, adding in more backgrounds, music and animation.

Is it hard?


Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

There is virtually no risk for this project. It is near completion. If the Kickstarter is not successful, the game will still be released, however in the instance of this happening the only absolute target platforms for the game are Windows/Linux.


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