The Void Rains Upon Her Heart is a Bullet-Hell / Shoot ‘em Up available on Steam, although still on Early Access, it has the quality to rapidly becoming a top name for its genre.
Published by The Hidden Levels and developed by Veyeral Games, the game is actually the result of a single person’s vision to create something new, based on the passion for Bullet Hell shooters, and counting with all the community feedback and support.
Created by Angel Polanco using GameMaker Studio, The Void Rains Upon Her Heart is a tremendous surprise for fans of fast paced action, and at the same time, capable of inspiring a new set of players to a complete new, and revigorised genre. That’s how powerful this title is.
Deep in the mysterious and vague universe, where only darkness reign, there’s a young Zaraden woman, lost in a cave on a distant planet. She lives alone and far from everybody else, but then again, no one really lives alone in the dark, do they? No… The monsters are there, lying among the obscurity.
The poor girl tried to escape, but her deformed wings didn’t help, and though she could give up, she didn’t. Instead, she found the only way she could fight back; Love the monsters until they could love her as well!
The background story serves as a principle for the entire experience, as it illustrates everything, from mechanics, to the design itself.
The Void Rains Upon Her Heart plays out just like your traditional Bullet Hell game, but under a modern perspective, and how exactly is that possible? It’s actually pretty simple, although still displaying a learning curve through levels, we have a system that most resembles a rogue-like.
Layers of difficulty are present, and at this moment there are two available; Light Rain, which is the equivalent of Easy, and Heavy Rain, that stands for Normal. It’s impossible to choose the third one called Torrent Rain at this stage of the game, but it’s presupposed to be the Hard Mode, and may be available in a future update.
The player takes control of the young Zaraden’s heart, that permanently shoots small hearts as bullets. One can control special attacks though, two at the moment; the Charger attack, that fires a special bullet reinforced with love, and the Panic Mode, a special mode for those hard and rough situations. This panic mode offers a time-limit shield of love that can also be used as an attack.
Different difficulties affect the monster's health, as they are stronger, and also affect their phases, therefore having stronger attack patterns, and demanding much more reflexes from the player.
When one first starts a new game, the rogue-like elements come out in the open. The choices are everything, and as in any other game, the more you play, the more unlocks you earn, and further you can reach on your mission. Choices in The Void Rains Upon Her Heart are all about what monster to take, versus the rewards it gives. There are some strategic elements to squeeze the most out of it, and it’s one of the reasons why this game is so addictive!
Every New Game means a new and different playthrough. Monsters are randomly selected based on your predefined level. This means only a small portion of monsters will be faced, and multiple playthroughs across different difficulties are required to encounter and beat all of them.
Every time one defeats a monster with the power of love, they win gifts, such as Karma. Now, the Karma accumulates only through the current playthrough, and high karma attracts high-level monsters.
But that’s not the only gifts the player can earn! Some of the best goodies are cards, and each card has a boost, a power up, or an improved performance. There are two types of cards, some are gifts that the player can keep, while others are just temporary cards that are automatically used to help the young Zaraden defeat the monsters.