Posts Tagged ‘Luftrausers’

Nuclear Throne’s Vlambeer: “If The Customer Was Always Right I Wouldn’t Have A Job”

When I meet Vlambeer’s Rami Ismail, it’s in the middle of the annual Develop conference in Brighton. He’s a striking figure in a sea that’s half middle-aged businessmen and half wide-eyed, unshaven young developers in t-shirts: improbably tall, wearing a leather jacket on a hot summer’s day, hair everywhere, and a mile-a-minute patter that conveys extreme confidence without evident arrogance. He’s nearing the end of Ramadan, which means he hasn’t eaten during the day for several weeks, but has the energy and enthusiasm of someone about to climb Everest. Like his company’s offbeat action games and his often highly outspoken social media style or not, it is little surprise that this guy became so successful – though of course the raw, joyful appeal of games including Nuclear Throne, Super Crate Box, Luftrausers and Ridiculous Fishing went a long way towards that.

But would the confidence and conviction that he has when he wades headlong into the gaming issues of the day or, as he does in his keynote Develop speech the next day, declare that listening to one’s customers is not necessarily the best policy, be there if he didn’t already have the safety net of that success? In the unedited transcript below, we talk about that, about his feelings towards his own customers, indie ‘luck’, why games want rockstars, Ubisoft’s women characters controversy and why he doesn’t feel he can tell anyone else how to be successful.
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Earworm: Game Music Bundle 7 Offers 5 Soundtracks For $1

A side benefit to videogame bundles: they offer the opportunity to write about games that would otherwise go unmentioned on a PC-only site. Take Game Music Bundle 7, for example. For $1, it gives you the soundtracks to The Banner Saga, Broken Age, Luftrausers, The Floor Is Jelly and Device 6. Which is four PC games and therefore ample excuse to mention that the mobile-only Device 6 is a puzzle game with some of my favourite videogame music ever. I mean, listen to this.

Or maybe you don’t care about the advantages the bundle offers me, the lowly internet writer, and instead want to know that if you pay a further $9 (for a total of $10, fact fans), you’ll also net the soundtracks to The Yawhg, Starbound, Escape Goat 2, Eldritch, Tribes: Ascend, Ether and my fingers are getting tired so I’ll just say nine others for a total of 20.

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Vlambeer’s Luftrausers Finally (Crash) Landing In March

THOOM is the noise that gun would make. I just know it is.

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.

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Free As In Vlambeer

Not even being the world’s unluckiest game developers can stop the rampaging juggernaut that is Vlambeer. Today is the developer’s third birthday, and because it looked like they’d never make it this far, they’re in the mood to celebrate. Over on their blog, they’re giving away two free games. The previously only partly released Gun Godz is now available for everyone, and the prototype that’s forming the basis for their upcoming Wasteland Kings is free for all as well. Luftrausers was there, but the keys have already been nabbed. You should’ve been quicker.
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Wasteland Kings Is Vlambeer’s All-Star Roguelike

That is one cool, collected green mutant platypus quill monster

VLAMBEER NEVER STOPS. I know. They told me so. Seriously though, Luftrausers isn’t even off the launchpad yet, and the Super Crate Box developer is already making admirable progress on a very impressive-looking action-roguelike called Wasteland Kings. I actually had the chance to play it and discuss its various ins-and-outs with Vlambeer recently, so expect impressions very soon. But until then, know this: it’s a rapid-fire, deliciously crunchy randomized romp starring a cavalcade of characters from Vlambeer’s past. And the craziest part? The arcade action maestros are going to stream a very large portion of its development – with you playing along at home via Steam Early Access.

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