Game of the week - Touch Arcade

Gold Award - Pocket Gamer

'Could prove to be one of the most accurate representations of the
Japanese bullet hell shmup outside of Japan' - Touch Arcade 5/5

'Massive screen-sized bosses who spew more bullets than you can count.'
-Pocket Gamer

Operation Dracula is a rip roaring bullet hell shooter that will scramble your brain and your fingers!
Its an over the top arcade shoot-em-up inspired by the classic shmups.
This all wouldn't be complete without the awesome 80's style 16 bit pixel art and fantastic Japanese style soundtrack.

- 3 Playable characters (Plus one bonus character to unlock!)
- 5 Huge bosses and 4 mini bosses!
- Full MFi controller support!
- Game Center Leaderboards and Achievements!
- Bullets everywhere!
- Wailing Japanese guitar solos
- Built in Music Player with more than 30 awesome gaming music
- Extreme Challenge - not for the feint at heart!

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What's New

Version 1.0.3

-Bug fixes
-Sound/music fix for iPhone 6+ and iPad mini 2
-In-app purchase can now unlock music player and Mini Samurai character

Ratings and Reviews

3.9 out of 5

18 Ratings
18 Ratings

Editors’ Notes

Retro fans, welcome to gaming heaven. Operation Dracula delivers all the insane action you could want in a top-down shooter, complete with luminous 16-bit graphics and a rockin’ soundtrack. While mowing down futuristic foes and dodging bullets from all sides, you’ll be smiling at the absurd backstory and old-school flair.

Finally beat it on normal (tips)


Took an in-app purchase of 3 extra credits and a lot of practice, but that was a satisfying win. Be patient and have fun. Then when you think you can win with extra credits, buy em. It was worth the .99 cents. Great experience.

Boss one is easy once you know his routine. I keep to the left when things get crazy. Easier to dodge.

If you don't care about points, boss 2 can easily be beat by running the clock and looming behind him until he shoots missles.

Boss 3 all I can say is baby steps all around. Resist jumping all over the place.

Boss 4 his first move is aimed at you so time it so you move far away just as he launches those missles. That will ease the pain. I go to the upper left corner when he launches bombs.

Last guy is pretty easy. Stay left when he uses bats. You can dodge easy from there. The rest is just gently dodging bullets.

Great Shmup!


Great shmup with high octane action right from the start. Seems impossible at first, but as you learn to do small, precise dodges and use your specials and bombs often and wisely it gets really fun. I have a few specific gripes about individual moments (boss 4's "fake" bullets come to mind) but overall this game is a blast. The soundtrack is awesome too, and the game includes a music player with unlockable tracks.


Crescent Moon Games LLC
302.4 MB
Requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
Age Rating
Rated 12+ for the following:
Infrequent/Mild Realistic Violence
Infrequent/Mild Cartoon or Fantasy Violence
© Samurai Games
In-App Purchases
  1. Extra Credits x3 $0.99
  2. Unlock Samurai $2.99
  3. Unlock Music Tracks $1.99


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