For anyone out there who thinks Valve are the almighty untouchable company thanks to their efforts with Steam, I urge you to take a step back and think things over for a minute. I for one would be thinking about Greenlight, Develop recently reported on a meeting between Greenlight developers and Valve where the lack of visibility of the service was brought up. That isn’t the only trouble though as today some more unsavoury news came to light. …
As if the current Bundle In A Box: Deep Space wasn’t bright and lasery enough, ten new games have been added to the mountain. These include the critically acclaimed Squid Yes Not So Octopus, more popularly known as SYNSO and its follow up SYNSO: Squid Harder. In fact Rob Fearon’s complete ‘Bag Full of Wrong’ bundle has been added, making a bundle within a bundle and an unmissable collection of games.
The bundle starts at only $0.99 for the initial five games including the exclusive arena shooter Death Ray Manta which we previewed at the end of August. Even more games are available if you beat the average price paid (currently at $4.62) and unlockable extras such as artwork and storyboards are available for everyone after so many sales.
So far Deep space has sold a total of 2425 bundles and ends on September 28th. All games are DRM free and directly support charity and the Indie Dev Grant.
If you’ve ever played Geometry Wars you’ll know that it’s fast paced, colourful and addictive. Now imagine that times forty with a side order of crazy and more visual stimulation than you could ever imagine, and you’ll be on roughly the same level as I am right now.
Death Ray Manta, Rob Fearon’s new PC arcade shooter, has you battling through increasingly trying stages with your trusty Manta and its rays of, well… death. The objectives are as follows: take out enemies, collect power ups, survive as long as possible, do not go blind. Often the hardest of those objectives is in fact the last one, as a cacophony of colours frequent every nook and cranny of the screen throughout each stage making it hard for you to concentrate at the best of times.
Credit should be given to this game firstly for it’s polished look and feel, and secondly for its downright addictiveness. The controls are simple and the bursts of gameplay you are given in the form of each round, are enough to make you come back for more, and more, and more.
For those interested, below is a teaser video of some gameplay from a test version of the game. Beware though, you may need to wear some form of protective eye wear, a welding mask should suffice. Also keep your eyes peeled in the coming weeks for a secret announcement regarding the game.
Death Ray Manta is due to be released exclusively on PC and Mac in September.