In case you weren’t aware, Vlambeer makes games. Other developers make games, but they don’t make games. This is an important distinction, because it involves letters being slanted and slanted letters are sacred. For real, though, the two-headed fire bear of a developer churns out chunkily satisfying experiences at an almost alarming rate, so it’s kind of surprising that arcade-y airplaner Luftrausers isn’t already dive-bombing our machines. The bigger, better, even more a-rauser-ing edition was announced nearly two years ago, for goodness’ sake. That’s, like, three or three-and-a-half years in Vlambeer time (see: Nuclear Throne, Ridiculous Fishing, multiple free games, etc)! But now, finally, mercifully, Luftrausers is on the horizon.
It’s coming to Steam on March 18th for a measly $9.99. Your head is now surely spinning with questions. “Has it really been two years since 2012?” and “Am I actually happy? Am I really?” but mostly “Whoa dude hella rad how many rausers will there be?” This many Rausers there will be:
“The skies will be set aflame and the seas will overflow with wreckage in Vlambeer’s stylish arcade shooter LUFTRAUSERS! Select from over 125 combinations of weapons, bodies, and propulsion systems and take to the skies to battle enemy fighter planes, battleships, submarines, and rival aces for glory, honor, and high scores. Bravely volunteer for one of over 100 daring missions to unlock new Rauser combinations and vibrant color variations and become the most legendary Rauser pilot of all time!”
It’s been a while since I played Luftrausers (about a year ago, when the release date was “soon”), but even back then it already hummed with an airborne version of that sublime Vlambeer feel. Flipping and flopping and flying around was all at once in my control and just messy enough to create tension and technique. And of course, all the boom-booms and bang-bangs were in proper, respectable order. Vlambeer’s pretty darn obsessive about this stuff, doncha know.
Now go out there and luft some rauses. Make me proud.