On the last post to AH, the Midwest Gaming Classic event was mentioned, along with the presence of a new “Asteroids like” arcade game called Cosmotrons. Thanks to Sean of All Castle Games, we now have a better look at this title.
Cosmotrons – Gravitar Meets Space Duel
Seeing the game in action below, I would say it’s Gravitar meets Space Duel (both color vector games from Atari back around ’82). Gravity and collisions with walls or the ground comes into play while you battle it out against other players.
This is housed in a cool retro looking cabinet and the controls appear to be completely button based with no knobs or joysticks. Since we’re combining things here, I would also venture to say that the cabinet looks a little bit like a Vewlix has mashed up with a Computer Space 😉 The HD monitor portrays the old vector look pretty well sans the flicker and the marquee monitor topper is a nice little touch in case a crowd forms around the game.
Check it out:
As the developer mentioned though, at the moment this is more of a promotional piece for the game’s release on Steam and other home platforms. Arcade is a possibility “if demand is there” but that can be a hard thing to gauge without more details (game cabinet cost, lead time, has it been tested on site and does it earn, etc.). That said, we’ve been seeing an uptick in classic style games being tried in the arcade to varied degrees of success – the 10-player Killer Queen Arcade or the upcoming Skycurser. Not to mention all of the videmption pieces like Galaga, Pac-Man and Space Invaders.
Granted, this is not the kind of game that you can just drop into an FEC and call it a day. Gravitar was notoriously difficult even then so a place that attracts a lot of casual players might not be the right venue. I would be very interested to see how this would fare in a location with more of a retro game theme / target audience though. We’ll keep an eye on this one and let you know about further developments.