The iPhone version of tough-as-nails arcade shmup DoDonPachi Blissful Death is about to receive an update which will grant players a wealth of new customisation options.

The Custom Edit feature seems to be geared towards taking the razor-sharp edge off of the game's notoriously difficult bullet-hell action.

For example, activating Evasion Support makes it easier to dodge enemy fire, while Laser Boost (LV1) will give you - yup, you guessed it - a boost on your laser.

Interestingly, Mobility Delay will actually slow your ship down when using the laser, showing that Cave hasn't abandoned its trademark sadism altogether.

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In addition to introducing these free options, the update will unlock a list of purchasable power-ups.

These vary in price from 69p / 99c for the second level versions of Laser Boost and Shot Boost, to an eye-watering £2.99 / $4.99 for the level-skipping Bee Licence upgrade.

However, if you absolutely positively have to own every last upgrade on the menu, then you can download the Blissful Set for the reduced price of £7.99 / $11.99 (RRP £11.99 / $16.99).

iPhone shooter fans can get their thumbs on these powerful plasma-charged supplements from April 12th.

You can download the Silver Award-winning DoDonPachi Blissful Death from the App Store for £1.99 / $2.99 now.

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