Before you ask, no this is not an old story from 1992. Lately the trend towards big name, big cost games has been gaining steam but so has the occasional indie arcade game development. We’ve covered games by NG Dev Team which have been designed for NeoGeo MVS cabinets or Killer Queen Arcade and now we have a new upcoming title – Skycurser by Griffin Aerotech.
From their website, here is the description of what the game is all about:
“SKYCURSER” is a horizontal, meat-on-metal, shoot ‘em up (shmup) that is in active development for JAMMA compatible arcade cabinets. Strong influences on the game include Id Software’s Doom, Nazca’s Metal Slug, Namco’s Splatterhouse, James Cameron’s The Terminator and Michael Jackson’s Thriller. In this game, a lone pilot in a one of a kind airplane battles humans, animals, and machines infected by a plague-like disease emitted from a star. The goal of the pilot is to survive waves of enemies by “bursting” them open in spectacularly gory fashion with a brutal yet practical arsenal of weapons – machine gun, shotgun and katana blade. In order to progress the storyline, the pilot must remain untouched by enemy objects. The game ends either by the death of the pilot or destroying the source of the infection. Score is not kept; however, a number of kills is recorded.
The game has already enjoyed a location test at a bar+arcade in Indianpolis (pictured below) and it will be making an appearance at the upcoming Midwest Gaming Classic and Louisville Arcade Expo. The developers will be making “maybe less than a few dozen” dedicated cabinets with kits to follow. To keep it in appropriate resolution to the likely CRT monitors that the game would be installed into, it will run at
240i240p. While the prototype cab has six buttons, the game only uses three (mini-gun, shotgun, katana); the scoring is based on a kill counter as opposed to the traditional ### points per enemy and so on. Here is some media to enjoy:
Here is a video, as a disclaimer, it is a bloody/violent game so you’ve been warned just in case:
Should be interesting to see how this all pans out. What are your thoughts on this, would you like to see this at an arcade near you?