Indie publisher Curve Digital has announced that twin-stick, retro-inspired arcade game Iron Fisticle will be released on Steam, Green Man Gaming and the Humble Store on September 16
Developed by Dave Parsons and Dugan Jackson, two of the team behind Stealth Inc, the game is an axe-happy fantasy version of classic 80's arcade shooters.
"We've been working on this game for almost 4 years now, in our evenings and weekends,. while working at Curve and elsewhere," says lead developer Parsons. "To be honest, it all got a little out of hand - we've made so many changes and improvements from the original simple idea that it's a huge relief to finally get it finished and launching on Steam."
Iron Fisticle joins a tonne of well-received indie titles published by Curve Digital over the past few years, including Lone Survivor, Stealth Inc 1 and 2, Thomas Was Alone and Proteus. Decent portfolio there. Iron Fisticle looks like a fun addition too, with colourful pixel graphics and big, procedurally-generated levels to rampage through.
Here's the list of features you'll find when the game drops in September:
- Classic twin-stick arcade gameplay meets modern accessibility, with controller support, achievements and collectables; endless supply of quarters and blistered thumbs not required.
- Randomly generated dungeons keep the gameplay fresh and offer a new experience every play-through.
- Re-live multi-player as it was designed to be, with simultaneous two player local co-op.
- Multiple stats upgrades and weapon pick-ups change the way you play and fight in each game, while roguelikes-style persistent character upgrades allow you to explore deeper after every death.
- Over 150 different items to collect ranging from score boosters to weapons and power-ups.
- A scoring system that encourages fast paced risk taking while encouraging experimentation and discovery - like all the best classic arcade games.
- Retro-styled, hand-drawn pixel art graphics running at 60 FPS for a fluid action experience, complemented by excellent chip-tune inspired music and audio effects from Andy Lemon