Posts Tagged ‘arcade’

Cashtronauts Mixes Asteroids With Freelancer

By John Walker on February 3rd, 2014.

I know that headline sounds unlikely, but it really does. Or at least appears to, in its Kickstarter pitch. This is the work of Canadian indies Pixels And Poutine, looking for just $10,000 CAD, emphasising its arcadey ways and splitscreen multiplayer.

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Biological Warfare: P-3 Biotic Is A Twin Stick Fun Time

By John Walker on July 19th, 2012.

Whenever I see the phrase “twin-stick shooter” I can be sure of two things. One – I want to play it. Two – I will suck so badly at it that if anyone I knew saw me playing I’d throw the controller in their face and then just run and run until I was in a different country where I’d hide in a hole with a bin lid on top. That’s why I work alone. In my underpants. And so it was that seeing BatCat Games’ P-3 Biotic has come from consoles to PC, via IndieCity and IndieVania for $4/£2.50, I once again demonstrated my own trouserless uselessness to myself and no one else.

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Smash & Brag: BustNRush Demo

By John Walker on January 10th, 2012.

Oh, if only it had anti-aliasing.

Coo, some simple arcade charging around. BustNRush is a Unity-made pseudo-3D smashing stuff game from Techtonic Games, in which you run very, very fast through a stone corridor of obstacles (in the first set of levels, at least). You need to be sprinting to smash through the blue blocks, jumping or dodging to avoid the red blocks, and leaping over ravines. At what eventually becomes great speed. If you fancy trying the demo, be warned that the tutorial levels build up slowly, until you’re dodging, jumping and sprinting so frantically that your brain will finally announce, “Ah, I get it!”

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Sined, Sealed, Delivered: Waves Released

By Adam Smith on November 16th, 2011.

Someone in the middle of that, I'm most likely about to die

UDK-powered twin-stick shooter Waves is now available for purchase. I played it at the Eurogamer Expo and had a grand old time even though I clearly need plenty of practice to even scrape the bottom of any kind of leaderboards. There are a variety of game modes, one of which you can try in the demo, and the colourful chaos is somehow balanced while unpredictable. It’s also quite spectacular to behold. Buy DRM-free direct from the developer for £5.94, or from Gamersgate with a current discount of 15% to £5.91. Will be on Steam by 6PM GMT but buying direct supplies a Steam code anyhow so that would seem the ideal option.

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Aw, It’s Twins(tick) Shooter: Waves Demo

By John Walker on October 10th, 2011.

Geometry can't get a break.

Rob Hale’s bemusingly frantic Waves has just released a demo. It’s a three minute burst of the Crunch Time mode, which you can get from Squid In A Box’s main site, here. The full game is out soon, and will be $10 either from Squid (DRM free) or via Steam. But in the meantime, you can finally get your hands on the explody colour confusion.

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Avalanche Go To The Arcades: Renegade Ops

By John Walker on March 31st, 2011.

Imagine it's a screenshot!

RENEGADE OPS! That’s how I’m going to be pronouncing that game’s name. Shouted, every time. It’s a name that needs bellowing. But before you put on your haughty trousers, there’s likely to be a touch of irony about such a bombastic name, since this is coming from Just Cause developers, Avalanche. It’s described as a “twin stick vehicle shooter”, according to Eurogamer, planned to be released as a download-only, arcade-style, top-down shoot-them-up. Phew.

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Gridrunner Revolution: Now With High Score

By Kieron Gillen on December 21st, 2009.

Getting shots of Minter games is always a bit tricky.

Yet more splendid geek-sense. I finally get around to finishing reading the History of Llamasoft – and I’ll save a story about how Jeff Minter and chums did sound-effects back in the pre-Vic-20-days for the next podcast – only to hear news of a significant upgrade for the already released Gridrunner Revolution. Basically, it’s had online-score-tables added to it – whose absence was my main criticism. Even better, both it and the gloriously vicious Space Giraffe are now available for ten dollars a shot – or fifteen dollars for the pair in a one-two good-cop-bad-cop combo. They’re two of the best arcade games of the last few years, both sharing an aesthetic but absolutely individual games (“Good Cop/Bad Cop” isn’t a bad way of personifying their appeals, really). You can play it on trial by downloading Gridrunner Revolution here. More Gridrunner stuff? FOLLOW BELOW…
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Not Just Astrotraining: Astro Tripper PC

By The Monster That Killed Kieron on October 2nd, 2009.

Hullo! Me again. I’m still lolling around Kieron’s room, taking a break from gnawing. I see the last game Kieron played before passing, and starting to pass through my guts, was something called Astro Tripper. There’s some notes which I can just about read through the blood stains:
“After Gridrunner Revolution, a fine time for premium PC shootage”, “Early-00s Edge-beloved classic, rebooted”, “Derived from Defender-Derived Braybook classic Uridium”, “No demo yet, but original Space Tripper demo still out there“, “Why am I so lonely?”, “brutally punnishing” and “£9/$15“. Oh – look! There’s a video here of it.
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Gridrunner Rev Released. Also, Demo.

By Kieron Gillen on September 25th, 2009.

Biff them with lasers. It's the only way to be sure.

And one of our Unknown Pleasures for 2009 emerges, resplendent with shiny-flickery stuff into the light. Llamasoft’s Gridrunner Revolution is now available to buy for $20 directly from them, or $25 dollars with the divisive-yet-awesome Space Giraffe. For those who wish to do the ever-popular try-before-you-buy, there’s a demo available here for your pleasure. I plan to write some opinions up after I’ve played some more, but you’ll find an introduction to this shooter’s key concepts in the video below…
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Robokill: Titan Prime

By John Walker on July 22nd, 2008.

ROBOKILL!

ROBOKILL!

That’s the sort of game that should have an exclamation mark. Robokill: Titan Prime to give it its full name. It’s a browser embedded (although does some Flash downloady gubbins) from Rock Solid Arcade. Top-down, mouse/keyboard arcade excellence.

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