Holy hell this is a lot of fun! It feels so fast and heavy, and o I love the body swapping mechanic. The visuals and the music kick ass too! Just an all around fun game. Looking forward to more!
A downloadable game for Windows
Note: gamepad required to play.
Play before anyone else.
Functioning as a mere prototype of the full-game, it provides access to -
- Downtown, a fully-playable level that randomly differs in layout with every play-through.
- Eight Playable Characters to Body-Snatch. Wield bats, bottles, rifles and explosives as you wage all-out war against martial law.
- Ulockable Levels, Secrets & Future Add-ons. Currently inclusive of one hidden level and multiple items to discover.
- Hi-Res Cover Art & an Original Synth-wave Soundtrack. Featuring Guerrilla and Space Marine by Mr. Reeves.
Snatch. Zap. Repeat.
It’s the 80’s all over again. Only this time, the human race has more than an obnoxious pop culture to contend with.
With World War III nearing its demise, Earth only just begins to catch its breath when it is threatened by yet another menace. Unlike the preposterous mullets of its inhabitants however, this one’s invisible – a parasitic organism capable of making hosts of unsuspecting human beings, consuming what’s left of their souls and wreaking unfathomable havoc.
And it’s spreading. With a vengeance.
Martial laws have been declared to make way for a global hunt, battle-hardened law enforcers have made allies of the most degenerate of criminals, while the rest of the world is paralysed with paranoia; yet who can be trusted? Who can see it, let alone destroy it? That’s for them to worry about. For you are the enemy.
You are the organism with a mission. You are… HyperParasite.
Relentless top-down, shoot 'em up action!
Being able to snatch the bodies of nearly every weapon-wielding homosapien you encounter ensures bullet hell almost never ceases.
A happy trigger-finger alone won't suffice; multiple character classes, host-specific abilities and a skill-based progression system means you'll be working to one-up the human race even without bullets.
Extreme level re-playability
Procedurally generated levels, multiple game-play objectives, grueling waves of enemies and deranged bosses, all while the possibility of perma-death looms; prepare to die. A lot.
...perpetuated by a unique 3D-pixelated art style, absurdly bright neons, obnoxious styling and robotic synthesizer sounds. It's the roaring 80's alright, with a dash of dystopia.
- Quad Core @3.00GHz
- 8 GB Ram
- DirectX 11 video card (1 Gb)
|Published||19 days ago|
|Tags||80s, Difficult, Local Co-Op, Perma Death, Procedural Generation, Retro, Roguelike, Top-Down, Twin Stick Shooter, unreal-engine|
|Average session||About a half-hour|
|Links||Homepage, Twitter, Blog, Developer|
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Wow, thank you very much! :D
We had a lot of fun watching your video!
You stopped right before the Boss battle, though!
great game very fun. has vast potential.
but what needs work
first of all tutorial i bet you hear that a million times (sorry)
second what i believe should be a mechanic in this game is the ability to change bodies on command with ought wasting lives. if you run out of health there should be loss of life but changing bodies should be a mechanic with a cool down.
in the end i rate it 8/10 for potential.
Hey @pingasnpringles, thank you very much for your feedback!
How would you combine body-snatching with a cooldown?
By the way, a lot of sub-mechanics in this game are tied to the concept of Items (both Permanent and Consumable); body-snatching on command, for example, is one of them. You'll be able to do that but you must first unlock the relative item.
I really think that this early access demo has allot of potential. I love the art style and the general gameplay and I think all that needs to be done is to refine the controls and to add more content. But I do think that a tutorial is needed just to introduce the main controls to the player. Do that and I think that you may have something really good.
We totally agree with you, a tutorial is desperately needed to explain the controls and some of the game mechanics, it's definitely on our to-do list!
A few notes that may make you enjoy the game even more:
- The 3 characters you see in the selection list at the beginning of the game are just the characters you start with (it will be explained in the tutorial); in this build you can unlock 5 more characters to begin a new run with; the final version will have all those slot filled with characters to unlock!
- In order to unlock a new character for the selection list, you must kill one specimen of that particular class, grab its DNA (the glowing blue sphere they release when they die), and you have to complete the level (defeating the boss)
- Some of the characters in the selection list can unlock even more stuff (Special Characters, Items, etc.); in order to do that, you have to complete the secondary mission (the Sewers) using that specific character!
- Destructibles (barrels, crates, phone booths, etc.) may drop loot (HP points, Parasite lives, etc.)
- You can use the explosive red barrels and the vehicles as a diversive; hitting them with a melee will make them start a countdown process that will lead them to explode; you can use that to kill more enemies
- Each character class comes with its own Special Attack; you can activate that with Left Trigger button
- The small box in the upper-right of the screen is a mini-map, you can use that as a reference when you don't know where to go, or you can just use the bigger map (using left special button)
- If you use right special button, you can pause the game and have a look at some stats, read what the controls are, etc.
Thank you again for your interest and support!
First impression: really cool game! Looks very polished and is fun to play!
Some positive notes:
- this music is brilliant
- graphics and sound top-notch
- I really liked the pacing of rooms and waves
Some negative notes:
- only worked with a controller (not KB/Mouse)
- controls were not intuitive to me (personally), for example in Gattling Gears, just aiming the shoot-stick == shooting
- it was not clear to me why at some point my machine gun was exchanged for a shotgun or a grenade launcher. (also not why is the shotgun not autofire)
- hazards in 'double trouble' were a bit overwhelming compared to a relatively easy game before that. i'd introduce them gradually over the course of 6 rooms or so
- enemies don't seem to shoot a lot, they could definitely shoot more often
Great game, good luck on further development!
- We are currently working on new features and updates, KB/Mouse support being one of them!
- Not sure about the shoot-stick = shooting thing, we got different character classes (melee, ranged, etc.) and that would favour ranged over others
- Yeah, yeah, that's because of the lack of a proper tutorial; what you were experiencing is the "body-snatching" mechanics: when the character you're controlling dies, the Parasite will snatch into the closest enemy on the screen, and you'll be able to exploit its own abilities/weapons/skills; I agree it's not perfectly clear without any notice and/or tutorial, and in this build some character classes share the same graphics; this should be addressed in future versions
- We tried and parametrized all AI values, so we could easily make them more/less aggressive/responsive; since we showcased this same build at an indie event last month, we decided to go easy on players and make it more enjoyable, but we're planning to have difficulty levels for that
Thank you for your support!