Launched as we speak, And All Would Cry Beware matches in properly alongside Renegade Sector Video games’s different stuff by trying like a portal to a parallel timeline the place the Sega Saturn reigns supreme. Described by solo dev Alec Stamos as “a fast-paced 90s-style shooter with a Metroidvania Construction”, it’s a chunky exploration platform shooter set on a wierd alien world. I’ve had half a watch on this one’s manufacturing, from earliest ideas to launch, and whereas I’ve not performed it, I’d count on a brief however candy recreation filled with chunky textures and low-poly monsters. See the launch trailer beneath.
The Renegade Sector video games are fantastic examples of what one particular person can do in just some months with fashionable instruments and a while. They’re tough, chunky and probably simple to interrupt, however there’s actual coronary heart to them. This one specifically appears like a meditation on simply how one can cram the Metroid Prime expertise into one thing one particular person can create rapidly. Even the story — the participant falling by means of a portal into a wierd alien world the place few had gone earlier than — appears like a measured selection to elucidate why there’s so many semi-abstract enemies, however few characters round.
Whereas I’ve not sunk as a lot time into the Renegade Sector video games as I’d have preferred, they’re good enjoyable and all have a really explicit set of old-school sensibilities. Bullets are sluggish sufficient to dodge, bosses are aggressive and spammy, and polygons are to be fastidiously budgeted, lest we run out of the finite provide of them mined from the planet’s rendering core. A little bit of an acquired style, however I’m curious to see what Stamos’s tackle Metroid is like, particularly after having a lot enjoyable with Chilly Vengeance, his chunky 3D throwback to the times of arcade shooters like Cabal.
And All Would Cry Beware is out now on Steam and Itch for £5.75/€6.55/$7.99. You’ll find the remainder of the Renegade Sector video games right here on Itch, most of them discounted within the huge Itch summer season sale.