Generally favorable reviews - based on 27 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 27
  2. Negative: 1 out of 27
  1. May 13, 2011
    Taken in the recommended small doses, there's tons of play value in this 800 MS point title. Fans of classic shooters shouldn't pass up this opportunity to play one of the looniest and best examples of the genre.
  2. Jun 29, 2011
    Another classic from Treasure and a game that hardcore fans shouldn't miss at any cost.
  3. May 5, 2011
    Absolutely. Bangai-O is similar, but not quite like a typical arcade-style "bullet hell" shooter, since you have more effective ways of fighting back. So if that brand of insanity doesn't appeal to you, perhaps Bangai-O's will. Not to mention that it's better and cheaper than its DS predecessor.
  4. 90
    A superb action puzzle hybrid that works much better on the Xbox 360 than it did on the DS, making it one of Treasure's best ever games.
  5. May 13, 2011
    A bullet-hell shooter for those who really love bullet-hell shooters, and even more so for those who can enjoy a good one on occasion.
  6. May 30, 2011
    At 800 Microsoft points, Bangai-O HD: Missile Fury is an absolute steal, and anyone looking for a solid action-packed shmup, or just a good time filled to the brim with explosions, would be remiss to not give it a good, hard look.
  7. May 16, 2011
    A hell of bullets and perfect old style gameplay that for 800 MS Points you don't want to miss.
  8. May 12, 2011
    One of the best shooters available on XBLA, by far.
  9. May 5, 2011
    The game is confusing, and hectic, more so than other Treasure shooters, but it's also one of the funnest bullet hell (missile hell? Laser hell? Soccer ball hell?) shoots I've ever played.
  10. May 11, 2011
    The challenge is pretty high, but the sense of accomplishment you get from finally figuring out a level is great.
  11. Jul 3, 2011
    Reveals that the series can be both a chaotic toy box and a lattice of fantastical set-pieces that unfold meaningfully. [July 2011, p.126]
  12. Jun 1, 2011
    Bangai-o HD: Missile Fury is the best version of the Treasure classic. The combination of perfect controls and awesome gameplay creates a fantastic experience for every hardcore gamers out there. The lack of the offline multiplayer and the problems of the net-code during the online co-op are a shame, and partially ruin this masterpiece.
  13. May 27, 2011
    This is a great shoot'em up but only recommended for hardcore fans of the genre. Its difficulty is insane, and although very satisfying when we overcome a level, it is frustrating most of the time.
  14. 80
    Even with the occasional framerate drops(particularly in co-op games), the sheer number of levels plus a deep level editor will keep hardcore shmup fans puzzling their way through for ages. [July 2011, p.79]
  15. May 25, 2011
    Shmups are hardcore enough, but Bangai-O HD: Missile Fury somehow feels like a niche unto itself. At least death is served up à la carte, so you can move between stages at will if you die three times.
  16. May 6, 2011
    Offers a smorgasbord of treats to delight and infuriate in almost equal measure. The mean, almost contemptuous difficulty curve is something that shouldn't be celebrated, but almost everything else is golden.
  17. May 11, 2011
    Bangai-O superfans have a lot to chew on here and should enjoy the many challenges, but others should think twice.
  18. May 26, 2011
    Calling this game difficult is a massive understatement. But that doesn't mean you should pass this one up. Anyone looking for a challenge will not be disappointed with Bangai-O HD: Missle Fury.
  19. May 10, 2011
    Bangai-O's transition to HD results in a frantic, challenging shooter with an agreeable price.
  20. May 12, 2011
    Despite a few drawbacks Bangai-O HD is a fun, chaotic experience that is aimed at the hardcore shooter crowd.
  21. Jul 25, 2011
    It's one original offering. [Issue#74, p.100]
  22. Jul 20, 2011
    Treasure offers another Xbox Live Arcade remake of one of its former glory, after Ikaruga and waiting Radiant Silvergun. Bangai-O HD: Missile Fury adds some interesting options such as co-op, revise the control system experiencing Geometry Wars double-stick and enhances the level editor. On balance, however, this remake proves difficult for novices with its rather steep difficulty curve, while those who have already fleeced on Dreamcast or Nintendo DS will hardly muster the impetus necessary for another take.
  23. Jul 3, 2011
    A patchy but occasionally outstanding oddity. [Issue#110, p.132]
  24. Jun 13, 2011
    Bangai-O HD: Missile Fury is colorful, loud and fast-paced. Either you love this kind of game or you hate it. Very nice to see an editor in such a game.
  25. May 12, 2011
    If videogames are systems of learning, then Bangai-O is a scatterbrained professor teaching advanced calculus.
  26. May 6, 2011
    Quotation forthcoming.
  27. Jun 28, 2011
    Difficulty levels will turn away nearly everyone.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 8 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. J
    May 9, 2011
    One of the most gleefully insane titles to come along in a quite awhile. The amount of action on-screen at any given time is simplyOne of the most gleefully insane titles to come along in a quite awhile. The amount of action on-screen at any given time is simply mind-boggling, with a steep learning curve to match. Especially great for small children, grandma, and the easily-frustrated. Full Review »