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[PlayStation 5] Nephenthesys Review

[PlayStation 5] Nephenthesys Review
  • On January 16, 2024

Nephenthesys from eastasiasoft and Let’s Dev Studios is a classic-style bullet hell shoot ’em up on PlayStation 5. Learn more in our Nephenthesys review!


Nephenthesys from eastasiasoft and Let’s Dev Studios is a classic-style bullet hell shoot ’em up on PlayStation 5. It’s the year 20XX. After the Lunar Launch Base, it was sent on its first mission to Mars. Unfortunately, this mission was interrupted when an unidentified object was found. Its energy signatures were off the chart, and it was then that the mission changed, focusing on recovering the object and assessing if it was safe to transport it back to Earth.

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The first thing to do will be to select your ship since this will establish what your main weapon will be, as well as what your drone will do. Red Flash is a red spaceship equipped with a heavy machine gun as its main weapon and a smart bomb for its drone. As expected, Blue Sting has a laser beam for its main weapon and will have a hyper laser for its drone. Green Dragon uses as scatter gun and has a drone with a tornado bounce. Yellow Wasp has a powerful phase cannon and a heavy shield for its drone.


There are five extra ships for you to unlock, so there’s some replay value here if you’re the type of gamer who likes to 100% games. To be able to use them, you’ll need to complete specific objectives. These are completing the game with any ship, scoring 40,000 points during the game, finishing any stage without taking damage and without using drone powers, finishing Stage 3 with the Purple Needle ship, and finishing Stage 2 with the White Prism.

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The controls are simple and to the point. You’ll pilot your spaceship with the left analog stick or the D-Pad as you avoid enemies and their attacks. Shoot with the X button, and use your drone with the Square button. This will use up one of your bars and remove the drone. What the drone does will depend on which spaceship you pick. For example, Red Flash’s drone will activate a huge special attack that will engulf the whole screen, taking out smaller enemies while also dealing some solid damage to bosses.


While destroying enemies, you’ll sometimes spot a ship that is a bit different from the rest. Destroying it will reward you with a power-up. The same might happen when you destroy a larger enemy. Collecting power-ups is important since they’re needed for trophies – more on these in a bit – as well as for boosting your ship’s attack power and HP. Each time you’re hit, you’ll lose a power-up bar. Lose all, and your ship will go boom. Collecting enough power-ups to fill up the bar will activate your drone. Using it will remove the drone and one power-up bar.

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The game has a full trophy list with a Platinum trophy for you to work on. And since this one is a Cross-Buy title, if you have a PlayStation 5 console, you can download the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 versions of the game, and each one will have its own trophy list for you to take on. Each list includes a single Silver trophies and 11 Gold trophies. You’ll have to complete each of the game’s levels, defeat 100, 1,000, and 2,500 enemies, collect 5, 50, and 125 upgrades, and score more than 50,000 points in a single run. If you need some extra help, you can check out our Nephenthesys Trophy Guide.


Nephenthesys is a classic-style bullet hell shoot ’em up in which you’ll have to take on hundreds of enemies to collect a mysterious object of unimaginable power. While it’s a serviceable shoot ’em up, it has two issues that might get in the way. Your spaceship controls as if you had spent three power-ups to boost your speed in Gradius, which makes dodging bullets and enemies a bit harder. The other thing is that, for a bullet hell, your ship’s hitbox is definitely bigger than expected, so you’ll have to adjust for this. Nephenthesys is available as a Cross-Buy title, so for only $5.99, you’ll be able to download both the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 versions of the game at no extra cost.

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This Nephenthesys review is based on a PlayStation 5 copy provided by eastasiasoft.

Review Overview

Classic-style bullet hell that feels a bit floaty