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Video Game Dictionary - What are Bullet Hell Games?

Bullet Hell

IPA: /ˈbʊlɪt hɛl/


“Bullet Hell” games are generally regarded as a sub-genre of Shoot ‘em ups, characterized by their high difficulty and constant bombardment of the player by enemies. Players are typically required to avoid the raining projectiles while trying to progress through the level.

The term has its origins in the 1990s and a now defunct game studio in Japan called Toaplan. The company created many shoot ‘em ups for arcades and slowly grew their design into its own subgenre.

Example Usage

“Have you played that new Battle Royale game? I’ve just won my first game”

“I’m not a fan of Battle Royale games, they’re too punishing”

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