Press Kit

Fact Sheet

Developer:
Alex Hiatt
Axe The Tail Games
Urbana, IL

Available for free for:
Android – https://t.co/fPAb9mNgOo
and
Windows PC – axethetail.itch.io/dark-stars

Website:
darkstarsgame.com

Release Date:
July 2016 (PC)
January 2017 (Android)
TBD (iOS, Mac, Linux)

Description

You are a dubious harbinger with the inexplicable power to digitize souls at a distance. Dig your way to the hearts of three advanced civilizations to discover why the seeds of an ancient religious schism are bearing macabre fruits in the present.

Dark Stars is a challenging and unique “anti-shmup.” Mastering its myriad challenges requires careful maneuvering, proactive resource collection, and clever use of The Maw, an infernal presence that may or may not have your best interests at heart.

Features

  • A vertical shoot-em-up without shooting! Incapacitate enemy ships by moving in close and abducting their crews in challenging proximity-based combat.

  • Campaign of 12 meaty levels featuring a dark sci-fi story with religious and transhumanist themes. Unlockable modes provide challenging twists to the combat.
  • The souls you steal are your energy and your health. Offer them up to summon The Maw, a multifaceted trap with offensive and defensive properties. Manage this resource wisely to survive.

  • Tactical play! Survival is not dependent on twitch reflexes, but on your ability to observe and plan.

  • A searing synth soundtrack by Erik Helwig of Girls Who Care and Hot Dad.

Additional Links

Facebook – facebook.com/darkstarsgame
Twitter – twitter.com/darkstarsgame
Wordpress – darkstarsgame.wordpress.com

Credits

Alex Hiatt – Developer
Erik Helwig – Music
(girlswhocare.bandcamp.com
hotdad.bandcamp.com)

Contact

Alex Hiatt
Axe The Tail Games
alexryanhiatt@gmail.com

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