Turn-Based Gradius: Mighty Tactical Shooter
Kickstarter launched, demo available
Mighty Tactical Shooter was my favourite game of Rezzed this time around. The concept is simple and brilliant - a turn-based side-scrolling space shooter in the mould of R-Type. I feel like there may be an alternate dimension in which 'turn-based' came to dominate gaming in the way that 'procedural' is. We'd have turn-based racing games, turn-based first-person shooters and turn-based ski-slaughter simulators. Sadly, in this dark procedural timeline we'll have to make do with Mighty Tactical Shooter, now on Kickstarter. Good thing it's chuffing fantastic.
The Kickstarter campaign, which began today, seeks £10,000. A demo is available and capably demonstrates the work that has already taken place during the first eight months of development.
With a touch of wobbly physics in its environments and a remarkable amount of tension, Mighty Tactical Shooter is the kind of game that encourages both daredevil flying and comedic catastrophe. The saddest news on the Kickstarter page is the release date - January 2015. Too long to wait. I want it now. Time for another playthrough of the two demo levels.