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Dark Star - an arcade shooter in SPAAAACCCEEE!

08-13-2015, 10:31 AM
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Dark Star - an arcade shooter in SPAAAACCCEEE!

Hi there folks, pleasure to make your acquaintance!

Dark Star is a twitchy arcade mashup of ideas drawing inspiration from things like Space Harrier, Afterburner and Canabalt.

Bullet points!

* Fancy 3D
* Old school arcade challenge (without the need for loose change)
* Explosions!
* Simple controls
* Barrel-rolls
* Shoot down enemy ships, clear space junk, dodge missiles and take on giant battle cruisers
* More explosions!

Here's some gameplay clips from the latest build (set against inappropriately epic music):



Screenshots? Boom, we have you covered!







We've just about got to the Alpha phase of the project (content complete) and are starting to look for folks that might be interested in joining the Beta test. If this looks like the sort of game you'd like to play, you can sign up at http://www.thatwonderfullemon.co/upd...tar-beta-test/.

I'd love to hear from you if you've got any feedback, questions or recipes for good pizza bases. I'll be keeping this thread up to date as we inch ourselves ever closer to a release date, so until then, be good!

A.

Last edited by Andrew@TWLC; 08-13-2015 at 10:34 AM. Reason: Tweaked the youtube link
08-13-2015, 10:44 AM
#2
Very pretty ... like the art style. Gameplay is similar to Star Fox or whatever the old Nintendo game was called?

08-13-2015, 11:15 AM
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Joined: Nov 2014
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Any game that has the old Star Wars Death Star arcade run as part of its gameplay gets an instabuy from me lol

Bring it on! I love those old arcade games. I grew up playing them. This is definitely my kind of game!

I just read about the beta invite. Hell yeah sign me up. I have extensive alpha and beta testing experience and have no issues signing an NDA. I filled out the form on the website.

I promise you I'll test the crap out of this one lol

Billy

Last edited by LordShad0wz; 08-13-2015 at 11:21 AM.
08-13-2015, 12:24 PM
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Looks great I signed up and told others

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08-13-2015, 02:14 PM
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@WaveLightGames, Thanks! Gameplay wise I'm not sure how close of a match it would be to Star Fox (we were a Sega household when I was a kid) - although looking at some youtube vids I think it does look similar.

@LordShad0wz, Ah yes, the good ol' Death Star (fun fact, a previous job had me working on a game where I got to actually model out the post explosion Death Star, which was ace. That project never was finished / released so I'm probably just working out some pent up emotions with this game). I myself love ol' arcade style games and the sort that came after them (light gun shooters, Res / Panzer Dragoon style ones, etc).

Also, don't worry about NDA's or contracts for the upcoming test, personally I'm not a fan of them, especially in later level tests, as they do restrict you in how you may naturally use the application.

@dreadnok You legend, thanks

As to the up-coming Beta test, I'll probably leave sign up open over the weekend and will reachout to let folks know whats next early next week. I'm stoked to see all the interest so far! You all are awesome!
08-13-2015, 04:25 PM
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The first time I was allowed to go out by myself I was given $30. I went to the arcade near my home and saw this Star Wars game that you sit in. It was the trench run and tie fighter combat game!

I blew the entire $30 on that game that day. I couldn't stop playing. I didn't even eat or drink lol. I wish they would have brought that game into current gen.

So when I saw your game I was like hell yeah. Lol

Billy
08-13-2015, 05:41 PM
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Mind blown! Some fine folks posted this on the front page!

http://toucharcade.com/2015/08/13/dark-star-trailer/

... although I'll have you know I grew up with a Mega Drive
08-13-2015, 06:25 PM
#8
This looks great! Will definitely pick this up when it's out.

Re: Pizza bases...One of the tricks to good pizza dough is pastry flour and a little semolina flour too.

Luigi Rosso
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08-14-2015, 05:39 PM
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@cirrus Thanks! Also on bases, interesting point, I'll have to look into this. Recently my experiments with spelt have not been too successful.

A quick mention of controls (noticed a comment on the article about this):

- Touch / Drag / Swipe to move your ship
- Tap to choose targets (auto fire will pick them off)
- Double tap the side of the screen to barrel roll (through time and space) in that direction.
- Tap missile release button for explosions

Also the plan is for Dark Star to have a single price point (no IAP, ad's or otherwise) which will creep up as more levels, ships, enemies and mechanics are added. So obviously, if you buy it early, all additional content will be yours, because, well you're awesome and brought it early!

Last edited by Andrew@TWLC; 08-14-2015 at 05:48 PM. Reason: Premature postage!
08-16-2015, 12:32 AM
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Also the plan is for Dark Star to have a single price point (no IAP, ad's or otherwise) which will creep up as more levels, ships, enemies and mechanics are added. So obviously, if you buy it early, all additional content will be yours, because, well you're awesome and brought it early!
I like that idea! I have always been fond of the try-before-you-buy pay model. I can't wait to get my grubby little paws on this! Looks absolutely incredible!