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Starr Mazer: DSP is a Retro Shoot Em Up Rougelike for the Modern Age

Starr Mazer: DSP Gameplay

The recent surge of retro-inspired indie games has been incredible for gamers. These games are usually always created from a place of nostalgia. This next game is no exception. Back in February 2015, Starr Mazer, a point-and-click SHMUP hybrid was successfully funded on Kickstarter. Shattering their $160,000 goal, creator Imagos Softworks has certainly built up quite the anticipation.

Starr Mazer is a dream project headed by creator, Don Thacker, who grew up playing shooters and point-and-clicks on his TurboDuo game console. Combining fast-paced action, beautiful visuals, and a soundtrack exploding with 80s goodness, Thacker describes the game as “Nostalgia in HD.” And with good reason. This game looks awesome!

Starr Mazer is currently slated for a 2017 release. In order to give their fans a taste of what’s to come, they worked with PixelJam Games to create Starr Mazer: DSP. This SHMUP serves as a prequel to Starr Mazer and combines horizontal shooter madness with its own rougelike elements. The game puts a twist on the classic game over/continue formula by having players pick their team of pilots each playthrough. It will include three acts and nine levels total.

Starr Mazer: DSP is available for Windows, Mac, and Linux via Steam Early Access. Act I and III are currently being polished with a rough version of Act II available as well. The game continues to use player feedback to update the game and has provided a roadmap with their path to full release.

To find out more about Starr Mazer and Starr Mazer: DSP, you can check out Higher Eclectic Ground.

Johnny grew up sharing NES, Genesis, and Playstation games with his older brother. His first personal system was the Nintendo 64. After regaining most of his old games, he began to expand his collection. Eventually, his mission became to collect anything and everything retro related.