Part of why shoot ‘em ups are great is explosions. #Massive fancy explosions everywhere. Tower defence #games are also great at spewing fire, debris, and particles: that’s how you know you’ve defended that thing real good. Combine the two and you’d surely have fire, lasers, missiles, and explosions just everywhere. Excubitor shows just that, a shmup/TD that is also now on Steam Greenlight, but there is also a public alpha version we can play right now too.
The usual wave survival thing you would expect with a tower defense, only blasting enemies in your fancy hover spaceship is just as important as turrets. And you cannot supply cover everywhere, turrets are not strong enough to handle it, so you zip around in your ship from wave to wave throwing bullets and missiles.
Some levels have activatable traps as well, like giant spinning deathfans placed in a canyon because reasons. The shooting’s a mite finnicky though, with point targeting than the usual shmup indiscriminate stream of bullets. Your ship has two two weapon slots to fill with death blasters of your choice too. With a nice bright blue afterburner dodge. A stellar looking ship too.
The demo has a tutorial then a hearty number of levels. It’s a nice spot of fun on a casual weekend.
Reblogged from: rps