It's almost uncanny that Cave's latest shmup was titled to almost mirror the game's actual impression. Suggestive themes and storyline aside, the game can be in fact, compared to a rose. It is as beautiful to watch as it is deadly, making liaison to the game's tough as nails setup. Ibara may just be right under Daioujou when it comes to the best Cave games in recent memory. That said, Ibara is as beautiful as it is challenging, and while it will definitely stump newcomers, it's a gem that all shooter fans should seriously consider picking up.