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Starr Mazer: DSP

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Starr Mazer: DSP is a side-scrolling shoot’em up in the same vein as classics like Gradius and Lords of Thunder with a roguelike twist on the traditional lives/continues system. Players take control of a squadron of DSP pilots with different ships, weapon loadouts and voices. Your mission is to battle through nine frantic arcade levels, countless waves of enemies, 3 powerful bosses, and take down the G’ell Super Ship in a single run. The citizens of Thersa-CPIX are at war and we’re not sending one hero to the fight, we’re sending EVERYONE! Levels - Battle through nine Levels, across three intense arcade-style bullet-filled acts! Take the fight from the surface of war torn Thersa-CPIX to the Space Gate and up to the heart of the G’ell Super Ship; the Adamastor! Recruit - Recruit a diverse team of humans, aliens, and a dog! Hand pick your DSP team before every mission using their weapons, stats and battle order to your advantage! SK:ORE - The fight never ends with SK:ORE! There are no game overs in this battle! Use your SK:ORE from fallen enemies and Carbomite pickups to purchase a new squadron of pilots! Unlock Pilots - Discover legendary pilots! Give your squadron an edge in battle with unique legendary pilots like Slimo, Bunny Killmaster, Don Thacker and many more! Power Up - Power up your weapons for maximum destruction! Collect Carbomite from fallen foes to power up your primary fire or to fuel your super weapon! Starr Mazer: DSP was born as a passion project during the development of its bigger brother, the point-and-click SHMUP hybrid, Starr Mazer. Originally, Imagos Softworks teamed up with veteran development studio Pixeljam to craft a demo environment to test weapons, enemy attack patterns and space combat. When both teams couldn’t stop playing the single demo level they designed, they knew they were onto something very, very special. Shortly after, Don Thacker and Miles Tilmann started working tirelessly to crack the code and turn the little demo into a unique fully featured experience. After playing Rogue Legacy, Don was inspired to craft an elegant roguelike game loop to add a refreshing update to the shooter genre. Thus the DSP MkI Corp was founded and a perilous battle that pitted thousands of pilots against the G’ell invasion was born! A unique game mechanic alone isn’t enough to be memorable. So to bring the world to life in stunning pixel art, the team enlisted Starr Mazer art director Maximo V. Lorenzo, lead artist PixelPiledriver, background artist Christopher Pariano and programmer Justo Delgado Baudí. Arcade High also joins with an intense synthwave soundtrack to round out the experience and take what was once a single demo test level into a fully realized shoot’em up experience! Hi there! It’s Dan, Playism’s senior content manager. Starr Mazer as a whole is a project I’m very close to and I wanted to say a few words about it. A major cornerstone of my video game experiences growing up was sitting in front of the TV playing hours of Life Force, R-Type and Gradius. What enraptured me about these games were the stories they told in their boxart, levels, the kinds of enemies that appeared, the bosses and the way they implied humanity’s imminent extinction. These were stories that not only came alive in my imagination, but that were also clearly communicated in pixel art that was not always so clear. Despite low-fi graphics, the experience was profoundly hi-fidelity. It was a trend that I didn’t feel followed the genre as a whole. Cave took SHMUP story-telling to new heights with Mushihimesama and Death Smiles; Treasure did so with Radiant Silver Gun and Ikaruga. However, I felt the stories in those games came across quite differently as my attention was drawn toward moments and bullets rather than stages and bosses. Impressive as they were, my focus was simply on other things—like not dying horribly. As I came to know Don’s work in film, such as his shorts and feature length film, Motivational Growth, I understood where Starr Mazer: DSP’s strengths in story came from. And talking with him about classic and modern games I finally understood how Imagos Softworks and Pixeljam were seamlessly blending modern roguelike designs with old school, horizontal, SHMUP story-telling. Starr Mazer: DSP will be my first personal experience with Early Access and I’m thrilled to see where this adventure goes. I can’t wait to undertake it with you.
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Release date
Aug 26, 2016
Developer
Pixeljam
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Imagos Softworks
Publisher
AGM PLAYISM
Age rating
0+ Everyone
Website
http://starrmazer.com/dsp

System requirements for PC

Minimum:
  • OS: Windows 7 or higher
  • Processor: 1 Ghz CPU
  • Memory: 2 GB RAM
  • Storage: 150 MB available space

System requirements for macOS

Minimum:
  • OS: 10.6 or higher
  • Processor: 1 Ghz CPU
  • Memory: 2 GB RAM
  • Storage: 150 MB available space

System requirements for Linux

Minimum:
  • OS: Ubuntu 14.04 or higher
  • Processor: 1 Ghz CPU
  • Memory: 2 GB RAM
  • Storage: 150 MB available space
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Starr Mazer: DSP reviews and comments

Translated by
Microsoft from French
Product received for free early access review Starr Mazer DSP looks pretty good. Side shmup I do not have much to reproach him, the ships are handled well, the weapons available are really numerous and I like very much the concept of having to contend with different drivers to each game by adapting your style of play according to Powers. The idea of carbomite that serves both to strengthen its weapons and to trigger the Special attack is interesting because you will have to intelligently manage your resources. I am less convinced by statistics not to die and especially the possibility of hiring very many pilots. Depending on your money, a party may as well embark with three drivers as fifteen... as much as saying that the balancing is broken. The first act is also quite short (and not necessarily varied question environments), so I urge you to monitor it closely if you like the shoot'em up as it should be nice to release it, but wait to have an opinion on the final version to skip the and buy it. Read the full preview on game side story [www.gamesidestory.com] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OK8Y3dn7EDo
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Microsoft from French
Early access review I'm glad I bought this shmup that has a rogue-like side for the armaments we're going to get. I explain, we start the game with our first ship on the three that we own. We have a button for the main shot, and another one for the Super shot. When destroying enemies, they leave small diamonds to be recovered because they are used to increase the power of our main weapon visible at the bottom left of the screen. This also gives us access to the Super shot because it is energy (Rhombus). Finally, these diamonds are also used to climb the score and when we had our first game over, two choices is offered to us. Either we start again with a new random Squadron, or we use the points of our score to build our Squadron. To know that when we choose the second method we offer three packs. A bit like a booster for card games. Here again three choices are offered to us, the free one, and two paying. In each of the booster we will show ships more at least powerful, more or less fast and with each shot and Super shots quite different. Once our team is composed, we start from the beginning and try to go as far as possible. It is really a game to do small sessions, at least at the beginning because then, as we control more and more ships and we know the paterns of the enemies, we advance faster and farther. Good on the other hand, there are some worries of framerate completely random and sometimes even the abscence of music while the latter are excellent. Personally I love, I strongly advise this shmup.
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