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