Quantcast
New shmup from the creator of Cave Story: Guxt - Destructoid

DestructoidJapanatorTomopopFlixist



New shmup from the creator of Cave Story: Guxt


12:07 PM on 02.27.2007
New shmup from the creator of Cave Story: Guxt photo



Sometime last week I was blathering on about a particular set of indie games, how they boil genres down to their essential cores, blah blah blah. One of the games I cited was Daisuke Amaya's (Pixel to the ladies) immortal Cave Story, an independently-developed platformer that does Metroid better than Metroid often does. Now that Cave Story is in the hands of other talented individuals bringing it to the handheld market, Pixel's free to work on other projects: namely, his new minimalistic PC shmup, Guxt.

What I said about getting down to the nuts and bolts of gaming couldn't be more true in a game like Guxt. The game is, utterly and essentially, a vert shmup. It doesn't get crazy like Ikaruga, or insane with powerups like -- well, most every shmup since the mid-90s. The player is given two lives, no bombs, and five keys with which to play: four cardinal directions and a fire button. Powerups are limited to a small amount of weapon swaps. Life has never been so simple -- come to think of it, neither has gaming for the last 15 years or so.

Where Pixel's craft really shines is in the realms of art and level design, two key components that Guxt has in spades. Though the monochromatic graphics leave those of us aching for more of Pixel's colorful world of Cave Story hanging, his sprite designs are absolutely extraordinary, and the music is just as compelling as fans have come to expect from Pixel's games.  What Guxt lacks in innovative gameplay it makes up for with creative level design and interesting enemy drops, keeping you on your toes throughout five levels. 

It's no Gears of War, but if you're a shmup fan looking for a cheap (read: free) fix or just a fan of solid design, download Guxt v.8 and keep your eyes on Pixel's site for more updates.

[Via the SA Forums






Comments not appearing? Anti-virus apps like Avast or some browser extensions can cause this.
Easy fix: Add   [*].disqus.com   to your software's white list. Tada! Happy comments time again.

Did you know? You can now get daily or weekly email notifications when humans reply to your comments.







Win your choice of console from Destructoid! in Destructoid's Hangs on LockerDome

Shmups

12:00 PM on 08.05.2014
Review: Steel Empire

Steel Empire is a game that not many people were able to experience, sadly. As a child, you likely only had access to either a Super Nintendo or Sega Genesis, which cut out a ton of potential classics for you to play and cher...more



2:00 PM on 07.24.2014
Mighty Tactical Shooter is a rad looking turn-based shmup

Usually when one thinks about shmups, precision motor skill and quick reaction are what come to mind. Mighty Tactical Shooter turns that completely on its head. Though precision movement and shot placement is still required,...more



10:00 AM on 07.24.2014
Steel Empire will hit the 3DS next week for $30

Publisher Teyon has just confirmed to Destructoid that Steel Empire, the Sega Genesis and Game Boy Advance shoot-'em-up, will arrive on the 3DS eShop next Thursday. It's a classic steampunk-themed shooter that will feature f...more



View all Shmups






Back to Top




All content is yours to recycle through our Creative Commons License permitting non-commercial sharing requiring attribution. Our communities are obsessed with videoGames, movies, anime, and toys.

Living the dream since March 16, 2006

Advertising on destructoid is available: Please contact them to learn more