Ketsui: Kizuna Jigoku Tachi is a vertical bullet hell shoot 'em up developed by Cave and released in 2003. It runs on PGM hardware.
It is the year 2054, and the world has descended into chaos due to global warming and the rising oceans. Conflict continues to erupt over the world's remaining resources. Taking advantage of the global turmoil, a mysterious company named EVAC Industry is manufacturing weapons and selling them to every faction in the ongoing world war, reaping massive profits, enough for EVAC to essentially form its own military. Being unable to intervene officially, the U.N. chooses to send in a secret strike team consisting of two pairs of pilots, each piloting a stolen EVAC aircraft. For the U.N.'s actions to remain secret, however, the stolen ships and their pilots must be destroyed, even in the event of victory. Knowing this, the brave pilots nevertheless embark on their mission, in the hopes of saving the world from EVAC's cataclysmic actions.
The basic scoring in Ketsui is, by Cave standards, very simple. When enemies are killed, they will drop score "chips," numbered from 1 to 5. Killing enemies from far away will result in "1" chips, while killing enemies from very close range will result in "5" chips. Collecting these chips will build up a score multiplier. Killing enemies with your "lock shot" will result in more score chips being released, but will deplete the score multiplier, so careful management of shot types and the multiplier is important to achieve high scores.
Fighter Type-A | AH-Y72 TIGER SCHWERT
- Weapon: Spread Diffusion Gun
- Speed: Slow
- Lock-on: Fast
Fighter Type-B | FH-X4 PANZER JAEGER
- Weapon: Narrow Discharging Gun
- Speed: Fast
- Lock-on: Slow
- Alice Blackbarn - Age 23
- Lloyd Evans Mann - Age 26
- Yuuma Nanase - Age 18
- Steel Yureku - Age 26
The evil corporation's name, "EVAC," is the word "Cave" (the game's developer) spelled backwards.
Ketsui: Kizuna Jigoku Tachi Extra
An updated console version called Ketsui: Kizuna Jigoku Tachi Extra was released in 2010 for the Xbox 360, and in 2013 for the PlayStation 3. It added a number of features, including a training mode, a bullet-free mode, and a special arrange mode called X-Mode.