Something I unreservedly admire about contemporary indie games is that ‘couch co-op’ is getting a lot more love. Even if ‘couch’ is a misnomer, today we’ve plenty of choice in local multiplayer games, be they co-operative, competitive or somewhere in between. It is a wonderful time.
To such choices we can add Stardust Vanguards [official site], which launched on Steam and the Humble store yesterday. It’s a mecha-inspired arena shooter of sorts, and involves one to four players (the more the merrier) duking it out as giant robots whizzing through space. Your basic loadout consists of a rapid-fire cannon and one of those improbable energy swords – which in this case can deflect bullets. Oh, joyous day!