A shmup with character
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I’ll be honest, I backed Starr Mazer for its adventure game parts and over-the-top pixel art animation made for their Kickstarter campaign by Jérémie Périn, not the shoot ’em up dogfights.
If you’re new to the project, Starr Mazer by Imagos Softworks is a half shmup, half point-and-click adventure that seamlessly blends both. Or well, it’s supposed to, since it’s still heavy in development.
Because (adventure) games take more time to produce than anticipated, somewhere down the line Imagos joined with Pixeljam Games to create a sort of pre-game to Starr Mazer, like what Fallout Shelter is to Fallout 4. Enter, Starr Mazer: DSP.
It represents only the shoot ’em up parts of the game with a few twists of its own, such us randomly generated pilot/ship/weapon combos and the ability to buy as many pilots (lives essentially) as you can with your previously earned score (or SK:ORE as they like to call it).
Star Mazer: DSP hit early access last week and is a gem to play. The whole presentation package is superb, from top-notch pixel art to synth music by Alex Mauer and pilot voice-overs that immerse you into the universe and give the game character.
The images look great, but it’s almost hard to describe the feeling without audio. So here’s the trailer to get a glimpse of what I’m talking about.
When you’re running the game fullscreen with headphones on, you’ll feel like a kid again, hitting the arcades or watching cartoons on a Sunday morning.
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