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.”
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.
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.
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.