Remember Uridium? I certainly do – the original game on the C64 and version 2 on the Commodore Amiga gave me hours of side-scrolling shoot-em-up fun back in the days when my thumbs were much more limber for joystick bashing! I still love those Graftgold-designed games for Hewson Consultants, combining Andrew Braybrook’s nifty programming and Steve Turner’s always catchy music.
Now the original 1980’s-90’s publishers are back in the game with a bang as Huey Games, offering a Kickstarter-funded equivalent for the 21st century, Hyper Sentinel, combining bright, console-style colour and power-chord arcade sound with a pixelated look and enhanced retro gameplay which is basically a modern retro Uridium on steroids, with a few other influences thrown in for good measure!
I’ve had a good thrash at the demo using the keyboard on the RCN Mac Pro with a 27″ HP monitor, and absolutely love it as far as I’ve been able to play it up to now. It’s one of those games that is sheer, mindless, blasting fun and great for blowing the cobwebs away.
What could be better than jumping into your Sentinel Fighter and giving hordes of evil Alienoids and Level Guardians a darned good thrashing with the help of a timely boost from your previously-planted Powerdroids? What’s more, it should look epic on your mobile or at 60fps on that massive 4K monitor you’ve been promising yourself.
The game, created by ‘new bedroom coder talent’ Jonathan Port, is set to be available on PC, Mac, Console & Mobile at launch. All these versions will be confirmed if successfully funded:
The Steam version will include Windows, Linux & Mac.
Are we nearly there yet?
At the moment, the Kickstarter is a little short of the £15,000 goal at £13, 465, with 359 backers and 22 days to go. There are loads of pledges starting from four pounds for the mobile version and a range of rewards deals are on offer at various prices, right up to a top collector’s bundle at £75.
A demo paints a thousand words, so here’s the link to download the FREE demo game for PC or Mac, or one of a limited number of iOS demos on request (subject to availability): http://www.hueygames.com/hs_demo
If you loved those heady pew-pew-pew days way back when, now is the time to go check out Hyper Sentinel – and if you enjoy it as much as I did, give the project a leg-up!
A real fun game, easy to get into and a great chance to support the reboot of one of the classic names in old-skool British games publishing.
Here’s the Kickstarter link: