Monthly Archives: September 2015

BH2: Preferred controller layout?

Hey guys, I’d like some feedback on the controller layout in Bullet Heaven 2. (especially from those of you who actually got controllers working)

I’d rather not program button rebinding because that’s a lot of extra work, and most shmups have the exact same controls anyway.

Using the XAB buttons for attacking and triggers for changing movement speed is pretty standard, but some shooters (particularly twinstick types) also let you use triggers for bombs.

So the question is, which trigger button would you guys like for bombs, if any? Cause right now they’re both used for slow movement. Would shoulder buttons for bombs be okay? Should I add an option to switch the left and right shoulder/trigger buttons?

Let me know how you play shmups.

BH2: Translation scripts – Feedback plz

Hay guys, the Bullet Heaven 2 translations are more or less done. I’m getting ready to put them into the game. If anyone speaks Spanish, Portuguese, German or French, and is interested in helping out, you should have a quick read through them and offer some feedback. We’d like to know if the dialects are neutral, if the translators missed something, and stuff like that.

Here they are:


BH2: Data Transfer

I’m working on a cool feature that EBF4 should have had: Data File Transfer!

You can now save your Bullet Heaven 2 data to a text file, and open it on another website, or in the Steam version, or just use it as a backup.

@LEJONRRUK on Twitter was the first guy to get all the achievements in BH2 (as far as I know), and it took him about 60 hours. So you’ll want to hold onto your data after that!

I’ll definitely keep this feature around for future games too. 😀

I also changed the menu style a bit!


My Mario Maker Levels!

Hay guys! I’ve made my first 10 levels in Mario Maker!

Most of them are pretty hard (less than 10% success rate), so let’s start with an easy one:
Pipe Dream: CAC7-0000-0015-AEA2

A kirby themed level about airships, lots of cannons:
Invasion of Dreamland: 1489-0000-0043-A575

This one is tough, all about dodging fireballs:
Through the Fire and Flames: 6ED3-0000-0039-FEFF

Those are probably my favourite three, you can find my others from there.
Gib stars plz!

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Chinese Bootlegs

I was talking to Phyrnna about translating Bullet Heaven 2, and she mentioned I could translate it into Chinese. I told her that a Chinese version would probably appear magically on its own anyway, and then I went Googling to see if Epic Battle Fantasy 4 had been translated.

And I found it quite easily! A hacked Chinese version!
So that’s a thing that exists.


Looking for translators! (Finished)

Update: Alright guys, I think I’ve got enough translators now.
If I haven’t replied to you, that means you haven’t been selected.

A lot of people offered to help. You guys are awesome!

Hey guys, I’m gonna start translating Bullet Heaven 2, in the same way I did EBF4.
So that means it’s going to be translated into German, French, Spanish and Portuguese.

There’s much less text this time, so it shouldn’t take as long as last time, and we can use some of the EBF4 translations for reference.
I reckon the whole project should only take a few afternoons, but you’ll need to be on standby for any last-minute changes to the script.

What we did last time was we had 1 or 2 people translating for each language, and another 2 or 3 proofreading it and making suggestions.

If you want to help out, leave me a comment or note, or email me at
Stuff you should include in your comment are:

  •     Your email address.
  •     What language you want to do.
  •     Whether you’d like to translate (more work) or just proof read.
  •     Link me to some paragraphs you’ve written in English (a blog or something), so I know you’re fluent in it and are a cool person.
  •     Let me know how much free time you have, especially if I may need to replace you later.

Stuff you’ll need:

  •     A Google account for using Google Docs.
  •     You’ll have to be somewhat familiar with my games, the characters, and the style of humour.
  •     Ideally you’ll have played a bit of EBF4 in your language. (the script will still be available for reference)
  •     For legal purposes, you’ll have to agree that your translation can be used in every release of the game, and possibly in future games, indefinitely.

If you worked on the EBF4 translation, you can skip most of that and just remind me your name and email.

In particular, I’m interested to hear from people who know how to write in a dialect-neutral way. I think we did okay with German and French last time, but I think Spanish ended up too American, and Europeans were not happy. I’m not sure if it’s possible or not to write Spanish that way, so let me know what you think.

Translators and proofreaders will be awarded with a mention in the credits, Steam codes for them and their friends, and possibly a little cash bonus too.