Battle Crust is a new vertical shmup on Steam Greenlight. You can vote for it here.
It looks like a classic shooter, and the audio reminds me of R-Type 2. Forum post here.
Racketboy is the winner of the recent Indies Vs Gamers competition at Gamejolt. It’s a shmup / block-breaker hybrid. Lucas from Double Dash studios talks about the game in the forum here.
The game looks like a lot of fun, and the team are hoping to expand it for a full steam release in the near future. You can back the game on indiegogo to help it along.
Game Jolt are hosting a 72 hour game jam, where you must make a game with a scoreboard using the Game Jolt API. The theme will be announced when the jam starts. Apparently the theme will be “well-received by SHMUP lovers.”
A new shmup to back on Kickstarter…
Super Thrustforce: Orbital Meat Police (STOMP) is based on the classic 8-bit game Thrust, and also the great Amiga game Gravity Force (hence the Thrustforce in the title). Aliens have abducted all Earth’s cows, and you must infiltrate the alien mothership to get them back. This mainly involves blowing everything up, but you’ll need to master control of your ship, which is affected by gravity.
Zenzizenzic is now available on Steam Early Access.
As the game is in Early Access, I would really like to go for a lot of community driven feedback on Steam to further improve the game. So if you have a moment, I would hugely appreciate it if you could drop by on the Steam forum and leave a comment, review on the store page, anything. Or of course just here in this thread. The more we can push shmups to the attention of the public, the better!
Geometry Wars 3 has received a free update. Some welcome changes include a classic mode, where you can replay Geometry Wars’ original gameplay with the new engine, as well as hardcore leaderboards for players who wish to play without drones or super weapons.
Power-Up, a popular Xbox Live Indie Games shmup, which is also available on Steam, is coming out on iOS on April 9th.
A Quiver of Crows is a new shmup from Californian indie developers Sheado.net.
The games features:
Full Blast is a new shmup, recently released on iOS and Android but now available on Ouya.
You can read all about the development of Full Blast on the Polycount forum here.
Drifting Lands is a new shmup in development by Alkemi, a French development studio.
The game looks beautiful and plays very well already. It features a customizable weapon system and the plan is to expand the game with a large inventory and skill set so that it becomes a hybrid of shmup and hack&slash style gameplay.
The game is made with the Unity3D engine and features some beautiful explosions and background art. It’s great to see high-quality games developed with Unity as this is a very popular game engine for shmup developers.
You can also follow Alkemi games on Facebook if you want to keep up with development of the game.