Part 5 of 6

Slash / Smash / Shoot-‘Em-Ups

Violence in games comes in many creative forms. Check out these few games, which core mechanic has to do with either smashing, squashing, shooting, slashing or smacking your enemies.

Launch Trailer

SuperHot

Stylish
Bullet
Dodger

Concept for this game is absolutely awesome in its simplicity: time moves when you move. From first person perspective you can see crawling bullets towards you, the levels are very short, but if you hardly move you can spend a lot of time in one level. It adds to a FPS an element of chess-like strategy and calculation of your actions. SuperHot is styled beautifully – the surroundings are white and the enemies are bright red and all is set in a cool heavy polygon style. The gameplay is very addictive. A must buy!

PLANNED RELEASE

Out Now

PLATFORMS

Xbox One

PUBLISHER

The SUPERHOT Team

DEVELOPER

The SUPERHOT Team

Deadbeat Heroes

Quirky
Fast-pace
Brawler

London 1970. When a group of supervillains start to emerge, ordinary people have to take it upon themselves to fight them. Equipped with a prototype gauntlet that allows them to “borrow” superpowers. They fight fiercely and trying not to get shot, lasered, slashed, squashed and eaten.

This illustrative explosive fast-pace brawler is a blast to play. Especially with its simple comic style and quirky humour is a true revelation.

PLANNED RELEASE

TBC

PLATFORMS

TBC

PUBLISHER

Upstream Arcade

DEVELOPER

Upstream Arcade

Awesome Character Concept Art

Trailer

Black & White: Bushido

Team
Katana
Slasher

As a warrior of light you become invisible when engulfed in light and similarly when you play as a warrior of darkness you became invisible in the shadows. Your objective – to slice up the opposing team and bring light / darkness (delete unnecessary) upon the World.

Black & White Bushido a fast-pace stealth brawler is stylistically very impressive, rocking the oriental theme and expertly using black & white shades and blood red colour in the overall style. There are 3 gameplay modes. Death Match is especially fun with friends (up to 4 local co-op). There’s also Capture the Flag mode, where you claim territories for your team by capturing objectives. And you can polish your skills in single player challenge mode.

PLANNED RELEASE

Out Now

PLATFORMS

  (soon on Xbox One & PS4)

PUBLISHER

Endemol Shine UK

DEVELOPER

Endemol Shine UK

Alpha Trailer

Like a Boss

Boss
Dungeon
Defender

Fantasy RPGs would have us believe that at the end of a dungeon you’ll find this big boss protecting his heaps of treasure and loot. So heroes set expeditions and raid these dungeons for treasure and glory. But if you’re a big boss sitting in your dungeon minding your own business and suddenly you get attacked by a horde of self-righteous wannabe heroes of course you’ll try to defend your treasure and squash them to the ground.

It’s a brilliant idea for a game! I like these kind of different-perspective concepts. You’ll be able to choose between different awesome-looking bosses, with their own strengths and weaknesses. Nice addition is “fake” dialogue / chatter above heroes’ heads, that references chat that would happen between real players during raids in fantasy RPGs.

PLANNED RELEASE

Out Now

PLATFORMS

iOS, Android, Windows Phone, Blackberry

PUBLISHER

Versus Evil

DEVELOPER

Fire Horse Studio

Part 5 of 6

Slash / Smash / Shoot-‘Em-Ups