Indie retro tributes are a dime a dozen, however the actually good ones are rarer than you suppose. Blazing Chrome, a 2019 run ‘n’ gun channeling Contra III, is one in all them. And right this moment its builders at JoyMasher introduced they’ve bought a brand new one within the works known as Vengeful Guardian: Moonrider. It’s mainly 16-Bit Ninja Gaiden, and it appears to be like rad.
You play as a ninja cyborg who rises up in opposition to its masters and takes on a military of tremendous troopers to dismantle the totalitarian regime ruling over a dystopic future. Alongside the best way you’ll acquire new upgrades and skills, and slash by some detailed bosses. It additionally appears to be like such as you’ll get to go full Akira motorbike slide sooner or later. Assume Contra with a sword.
Right here’s the trailer:
Vengeful Guardian: Moonrider – Announcement Trailer
Over on the PlayStation Weblog, artwork director Danilo Dias listed plenty of inspirations for the feel and appear of Vengeful Guardian. One apparent reference level is H.R. Giger of Alien fame whose fusion of natural curves and metallic surfaces is on clear show within the sport’s sci-fi aesthetic. However Dias additionally lists Keita Amemiya, the director of 1991 Japanese sci-fi film Zeiram, and Japanese TV sequence like Genocyber and Cybernetic Guardians as inspirations as nicely.
Dias additionally admits that there’s plenty of competitors within the retro ninja side-scroller class. There’s The Messenger, Katana Zero, and Cyber Shadow to call only a few. I’d even throw mini-arcade nostalgia hit Metal Assault into the combination. In fact, all of these had been nice, partially as a result of they every excelled at one thing completely different.
Hopefully, Vengeful Guardian is ready to carve out an analogous area of interest. Blazing Chrome was a refreshingly tight and targeted arcade hit at a time when Metroidvanias and roguelites had been dominating Steam. JoyMasher’s newest is at the moment slated to reach on PlayStation, Change, and PC this fall.