What’s better than a point-and-click adventure game with retro-inspired pixel art, a hero named Brick M. Stonewood, and the quote “truth spilled out at 60 km/s from the barrel of a gun?” Not a lot, if I’m being honest.
There is one thing, though: A roguelike shmup called Starr Mazer: DSP [official site]. Fast, furious and chock-full of ultra-sexy retro graphics, it’s one heaping helping of throwback goodness. It also happens to be a prequel to Starr Mazer, the hybrid adventure game and shmup referenced above. Yeah, those things exist.
Starr Mazer: DSP is a little different, though. Each time you load up for a new runthrough, you’ll hire a handful of pilots for a unique squadron of ships. Use up all of your “lives,” so to speak, and then hire a whole new one! Budget well by reaping the benefits each time your squadron bites the dust and eventually you’ll have a set of powerful heroes by the end. Their lives are expendable. You having a good time isn’t. That should be the tagline for a movie if it isn’t already.
The Early Access version includes three complete levels, two work-in-progress levels, and will eventually span three story acts. It looks worth jumping into right now though, if only to see if you dig the sense of progression it seems to be offering. Also, it just has a cool name: Starr Mazer. Sounds like it should be part of the Terran Trade Authority book series, right?
Starr Mazer: DSP is out on Windows, Mac, and Linux through Steam Early Access for £6.99/9,99€/$9.99. Here’s the launch trailer: