If you click on a link and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. Learn more.

Deliver Calamari To Your Gran In Space: Zunus 

"Thrust-'em-up" isn't rude, right?

Zunus [official site] is the latest short game from Jonathan Whiting, he of BLOODWORM and Traal and Mussel and Sportsfriends and lots of other things. It was made for Ludum Dare and is about delivering calamari to your gran in space while dodging asteroids in a simple, 2D thrust-'em-up.

This really is simple: left arrow rotates left, right arrow rotates right, and holding both down simultaneously thrusts you forward. The complication is trying to make use of those controls in the slide-y vacuum of space in order to dodge obstacles, including pursuing ships who are trying to collide with you, and to successfully dock with the slowly rotating space stations. Those space stations killed me more than anything; timing your approach is tricky, but then the stations suddenly accelerate to spin at a tremendous speed in order to destroy asteroids on a collision course. It's easy to get minced in the process, scrambling and scattering the lines of your wireframe ship.

Once docked with a space station, you use the same controls to decide whether to buy an item or not and then carry that item to another space station to sell it on for a higher price. Sometimes the item is calamari. Sometimes it's for your gran. It is basically Elite Dangerous.

It's only ten minutes long but I had a good time with it, especially due to the tone of the writing lending it a frontier, Cowboy Bebop-ish sorta feel. You can find a download for Windows and OSX over here.

About the Author

Graham Smith avatar

Graham Smith


Graham is to blame for all this.

Join the Rock Paper Shotgun supporter program

Sign up today and get access to more articles like these, an ad-free reading experience, free gifts, and help us create more great writing about PC games.

See more information


We love having a friendly, positive and constructive community - you lot are great - and we want to keep it like that. Our main commenting rule is "be excellent to each other". Please see our code of conduct, where you can find out what "be excellent" means. TL;DR? Respect others, think before you post, and be prepared for puns.

More News

Latest Articles

We've been talking, and we think that you should wear clothes

Total coincidence, but we sell some clothes

Rock Paper Shotgun Merch