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Explosive wave based single screen shooter (shmups), “Horizon Shift ‘81” to be released worldwide on the Nintendo Switch eShop on Thursday, 20th December.
Chesterfield, December 14th, 2018 – International Publisher FUNBOX MEDIA LTD today announce that in association with KISS LTD and TIGA award nominated developers, FLUMP STUDIOS, the digital release of HORIZON SHIFT ’81 on the Nintendo eShop, on December 20th
About the game.
Horizon Shift \’81 is an explosive wave based single screen shooter (shmups) with a real Retro feel to it. You can even play the game in Tate / vertical / portrait screen mode.
The player controls a ship in the centre of the screen, enemies approach from the top and bottom and the player is able to switch up and down to deal with the encroaching hoard.
Different enemies react differently when they reach the horizon, some sit on the horizon, some destroy sections of the horizon and some run up and down the horizon. The player is equipped with a dash attack where they can knock enemies off the horizon and smash them into other incoming enemies for a score bonus. Dashing an enemy of the line refills the dash metre allowing for ‘Dash chaining’, this is where the big points are scored.
The player is also able to jump (jumping upside down is an interesting new challenge) and is equipped with a bomb which wipes the screen of enemies as well as restoring the horizon.
From the developers.
“Horizon Shift \’81 is my love letter to all my favourite 80\’s arcade games. A mishmash or remix of all the games I was obsessed with as a kid – Galaga, Asteroid, Tempest, Defender Missile Command to name a few. My goal was always to reproduce the excitement I remember feeling, playing those games in my local fish and chip shop, or on the rare occasions I was able to visit an actual Arcade.” – Paul Marrable, Owner & Developer at Flump Studios.
From the publishers.
“We were approached by KISS with the proposal of bringing the sequel to a TIGA award nominated shooter to the Nintendo Switch platform, which instantly got our attention. Then, after seeing what Paul at Flump had planned for the Switch version, such as being able to play the game in tate mode, retro style CRT views and the obvious nod to some classic retro arcade games, we jumped at the chance to release it on the Nintendo eShop.” – Barry Hatch, MD at Funbox Media Ltd