Pink Sweets: Ibara Sorekara

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Pink Sweets logo.png
Pink Sweets
Pink Sweets Title.png

Title screen

Developer: CAVE
Program: Shinobu Yagawa
Yuji Inoue
Art: Tomoyuki Kotani
Release date: Arcade
JP: April 21, 2006
Xbox 360
JP: February 24, 2011
Previous game: Ibara Kuro: Black Label
Next game: Mushihimesama Futari

Pink Sweets: Ibara Sorekara (ピンクスゥイーツ ~鋳薔薇それから~, Pinku Suītsu: Ibara Sorekara, abbreviated: PS) is a bullet hell shoot-em-up developed by CAVE in 2006. In terms of story, this game is a sequel to Ibara.

Pink Sweets was later ported to the Xbox 360 in 2011, included in a double-pack with Muchi Muchi Pork!.

Gameplay Overview[edit]

Controls[edit]


Pink Sweets is a 2-button game in normal play, with an 8 directional joystick for movement.

  • Not shooting will build up your Shield and charge your Rose Cracker. 142 frames after the last regular Shot from your ship, the Rose Cracker Gauge is fully charged.
  • A: 1) Fires your Shot & Rose Hips. However, pressing the button fast enough will raise the internal autofire rate; 2) In case your Rose Cracker Gauge is fully charged, you will additionally release a Rose Cracker.
  • B (press): Cycles through your Rose Hip Formations, if you have any collected on your current life. Cycling between: Forward, Wide, Back, Reverse & Turn in that order.
  • B (hold): Fires your Rose Hips only.
  • A+B (press): 1) Changes your speed; 2) The current charge of the Rose Cracker Gauge is cancelled.


In-Game HUD

Pink Sweets HUD.jpg


1) Rose Cracker Gauge. When fully charged you'll be able to release a Rose Cracker

2) Speed meter. There are 4 different levels of speed

3) Internal auto-fire rate (#10, #12, #15, #20, #30)





Characters[edit]


Each character has 4 different sub-types to choose from. These types usually have slightly different attacks from Shot Level 1 onwards. Shot Level 0 is the same for each type. The types are decided by which button you press when you select a character: A, B, A+B, and Start.

The 4 types of each character and their Rapid Shot as well as their Wide Shot at Shot Level 3 are as follows.


Ply i01.gif Meidi Rose & Midi Rose Meidimidi back2.jpg
Gloire de Meidi & Midi
A Rapid Six straight shots to the front
Wide Five wide shots to the front
B Rapid Four straight shots to the front
Two straight shots to the back
Wide Five wider shots to the front
A+B Rapid Four straight shots to the front
Two straight shots to the back
Wide Five even wider shots to the front
Start Rapid Two straight shots to the front
Three wide shots to the back
Wide Two straight shots and one shot each at 45° to the front
One shot each at 45° to the back


Ply i02.gif Kasumi Rose Kasumi back2.jpg
Hana Kasumi mk2
A Rapid Six missiles to the front, which accelerate in the center and your level 0 Shot
Wide Six homing rockets to the front and your level 0 Shot
B Rapid Six missiles to the front, which are fired first on the sides and your level 0 Shot
Wide Five homing rockets from each side and your level 0 Shot
A+B Rapid Six missiles to the front and your level 0 Shot
Wide Five homing rockets from each side and your level 0 Shot
Start Rapid Six missiles to the front and your level 0 Shot
Wide Homing rockets from all sides and your level 0 Shot


Ply i03.gif Shasta Rose Shasta back2.jpg
Child of Mount Shasta
A Rapid Two fixed laser beams to the front
Wide Two laser beams to the front (leaning angle 20°)
B Rapid One fixed laser beam and your level 0 Shot to the front
Single straight shot to the back
Wide One laser beam (leaning angle 60°) and a 5-way shot to the front
A+B Rapid One fixed laser beam and your level 0 Shot to the front
3-way shot to the back
Wide One laser beam (leaning angle 80°) and a 6-way shot to the front
Laser locks on to enemies
Start Rapid One fixed laser beam to the front
4-way shot to the back
Wide One laser beam (leaning angle 90°) and a 6-way shot to the front
Laser locks on to enemies


Ply i04.gif Lace Rose Lace back2.jpg
French Lace S
A Rapid Three straight lightning beams to the front
Wide 3-way wide lightning up to 30° to each side
B Rapid Two straight lightning beams to the front
One straight lightning beam to the back
Wide 3-way wide lightning up to 45° to each side
A+B Rapid Two straight lightning beams to the front
One straight lightning beam to the back
Wide 3-way wide lightning up to 60° to each side
Start Rapid One straight lightning beam to the front
Two straight lightning beams to the back
Wide 3-way wide lightning up to 90° to each side


Speed

There are four levels of speed you can switch to by pressing A+B anywhere in the game. In terms of speed, Meidi&Midi and Shasta are both faster than Kasumi and Lace. The speed values in the table below are measured by counting the frames it takes to cross the screen horizontally. Therefore, a high value corresponds to a slower speed and a low value to a faster speed.

Speed 0 Speed 1 Speed 2 Speed 3
Meidi&Midi 140 105 71 53
Shasta
Kasumi 171 128 86 64
Lace

Items[edit]


Itm i pu01.gif Shot Power Up
Increases your Shot Level by 1
Surplus score value: 1,000
Itm i pu03.gif Rapid Shot
Changes to Rapid Shot or increases your Shot Level by 1
Surplus score value: 1,000
Itm i pu02.gif Wide Shot
Changes to Wide Shot or increases your Shot Level by 1
Surplus score value: 1,000
Itm i pu04.gif Rose Hip
Adds a Rose Hip to your ship
Surplus score value: 1,000


Rose Items

100 200 400 800
Itm i pnt02.gif Itm i pnt03.gif Itm i pnt04.gif Itm i pnt05.gif


Rose Medals

100 200 300 400 500 600 700 800 900 1,000 2,000 3,000 4,000 5,000 6,000 7,000 8,000 9,000 10,000
Itm i pnt07.gif Itm i pnt08.gif Itm i pnt09.gif Itm i pnt10.gif Itm i pnt11.gif Itm i pnt12.gif Itm i pnt13.gif Itm i pnt14.gif Itm i pnt15.gif Itm i pnt16.gif Itm i pnt17.gif Itm i pnt18.gif Itm i pnt19.gif Itm i pnt20.gif Itm i pnt21.gif Itm i pnt22.gif Itm i pnt23.gif Itm i pnt24.gif
Itm i pnt25.gif


Item Drop Order[edit]

Generally speaking, ground enemies drop Rose Items in a fixed appearance while airborne enemies drop regular items determined by the item drop order below. Moreover, a couple of ground enemies, e.g. the laser towers in stage 2 or the trains in stage 5 are also guaranteed to drop regular items.

As for airborne enemies, under normal circumstances, every eighth popcorn enemy destroyed will drop an item. Airborne enemies with more than 1 hp will always drop an item. These kills do not contribute to the popcorn enemy count.

When a popcorn enemy is destroyed in the deadzone, it will neither drop an item nor does it contribute to the kill count of 8 (it does, however, still contribute to the ZAN counter). On the other hand, airborne enemies with more than 1 hp will always drop an item, even in the deadzone or when they are off screen. In this case, if the spawned item happens to be a medal, it will immediately break your medal chain.

The items are determined according to a specific order, governed by the following table.

Drop Number 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Item
Itm i pu01.gif
Itm i pnt25.gif
Itm i pu03.gif
Itm i pnt25.gif
Itm i pu02.gif
Itm i pnt25.gif
Itm i pu04.gif
Itm i pnt25.gif
  • If you fulfil the conditions for a Special Power Up, it appears as the next Shot Power Up, Rapid Shot, or Wide Shot item. As a visual key, this item is blinking rapidly.
  • If you fulfil the conditions for a Search Rose Hip, it appears as the next Rose Hip item. As a visual key, this item is blinking rapidly.
  • If you fulfil the conditions for a 1 Up item, it appears before the next item drop. Succeeding this, the regular item drop order then continues. The 1 Up item will not replace a regular item.

Rank[edit]


There are two separate difficulty settings affecting the rank in Pink Sweets. Difficulty 1 determines the starting base rank as well as the minimum rank cap. After the player has started a run, the rank is then gradually increasing determined by difficulty 2, which is the per frame rank increase. Under normal circumstances the game always starts with a base rank 1,048,576 (100,000 in hex) higher than the minimum rank cap. Starting a game in Special Version always begins at minimum rank.

Difficulty 1 (base rank) Starting rank in dec (hex) Minimum rank in dec (hex)
Super Easy 15,204,352 (E80,000) 16,252,928 (F80,000)
Very Easy 14,680,064 (E00,000) 15,728,640 (F00,000)
Easy 14,155,776 (D80,000) 15,204,352 (E80,000)
Normal [default] 13,631,488 (D00,000) 14,680,064 (E00,000)
Hard 13,107,200 (C80,000) 14,155,776 (D80,000)
Very Hard 12,582,912 (C00,000) 13,631,488 (D00,000)
Super Hard 12,058,624 (B80,000) 13,107,200 (C80,000)
Unbelievable 11,534,336 (B00,000) 12,582,912 (C00,000)
Difficulty 2 (per frame rank) in dec (hex)
Minimum Slow 4 (4)
Very Slow 8 (8)
Slow 12 (C)
Medium [default] 16 (10)
Fast 20 (14)
Very Fast 24 (18)
Maximum Fast 28 (1C)
Unforgettable 32 (20)

Notes:

  • Rank maxes out at 00,000,000 (000,000 in hex) regardless of the difficulty settings.
  • Starting rank for Score Attack mode is the same as on Normal.
  • Minimum rank cap for Extended mode is 11,010,048 (A80,000 in hex) on loop 1 and 8,257,536 (7E0,000 in hex) on loop 2 on default difficulty settings.


Both the overall rank and the per frame rank are influenced by certain actions of the player, e.g. firing your Shot or picking up an item. All of the actions that have an effect on rank are listed in the tables below. Even though, an increase in difficulty is actually measured by a decreasing rank counter, the numbers below are listed as if the rank counter would count up. This is simply to make things easier to follow.

Action Rank increase in dec (hex)
Death from 0 lives > Game Over -2,097,152 (-200,000)
Death from 1 life > 0 lives -1,048,576 (-100,000)
Death from 2 lives > 1 life -524,288 (-80,000)
Death from 3 lives > 2 lives -262,144 (-40,000)
Death from 4 lives > 3 lives -131,072 (-20,000)
Death from 5 lives > 4 lives -65,536 (-10,000)
Death while on infinite lives -1,048,576 (-100,000)
Death during Score Attack mode -524,288 (-80,000)
Speed Change 16,384 (4,000)
Formation Change 4,096 (1,000)
Absorb a bullet w/ Shield or RC 16 (10)
Shoot a destructible bullet 16 (10)
Seal a bullet 1,024 (400)

Notes:

  • Simply pressing the A or B button has no effect on rank. It is only the action that counts.
  • Grazing enemy bullets has no effect on rank.
  • Absorbing enemy lasers with your Rose Cracker has no effect on rank.


Action Per Frame Rank increase in dec (hex)
Shot Special Power Up 1 (1) [permanent]
Search Formation 1 (1) [permanent]
Rose Hip equipped (per Rose Hip) 10 (A)
Rose Cracker Gauge fully charged 64 (40)

Notes:

  • The per frame rank increase from activating Shot Special Power Up and Search Formation stays even after the player dies or unequips them.


Item Rank increase in dec (hex)
100~900 Medals 256 (100)
1,000~9,000 Medals 1,024 (400)
10,000 Medal 4,096 (1,000)
100pt. Rose Item 256 (100)
200pt. Rose Item 512 (200)
400pt. Rose Item 768 (300)
800pt. Rose Item 1,024 (400)
Power Up Item 16,384 (4,000)
Rose Hip Item 16,384 (4,000)
1-Up Item 524,288 (80,000)

Notes:

  • Dropping a medal has no effect on rank.


Attack Rank increase in dec (hex)
Any character, Shot (power Level 0) 5 (5)
Rose Hip Shot 10 (A)
Rose Cracker 32,768 (8,000)
Meidi&Midi, Twin Shot 5 (5)
Kasumi, Napalm 20 (14)
Kasumi Homing 15 (F)
Shasta, Laser (per frame) 6 (6)
Lace, Lightning (per beam) 60 (3C)

Scoring[edit]


WIP

Enemy point values[edit]

Main article: Pink Sweets: Ibara Sorekara/Enemy list


Video References[edit]

Video index for Pink Sweets


References[edit]

  1. Primary info provided by Pearl and Plasmo
  2. All item sprites taken from CAVE's official website https://www.cave.co.jp/gameonline/pinksweets/system/item.html
  3. Rank info from Archer's website: http://archerstg.web.fc2.com/pinksweets/bitterrank.htm with additions by Serrara Mayfield