Relive this classic sci-fi shmup sub-genre!
Horsham, United Kingdom - April 14, 2017: Captain Kaon, the slick twin-stick gravity shooter inspired by classic Spectrum and Amiga games, launches for PC on Steam today.
A salute to such 1980s classics as Thrust and Gravitar, Captain Kaon pairs vibrant Amiga-style pixel art with a tight twin-stick control mechanic. As a much-loved but long neglected genre, gravity shooters have found their modern champion in indie developer James Buckle.
“I first learned to code and make games after I got an old second hand ZX Spectrum when I was a kid”, said James Buckle, founder and developer at Engage Pixel. “1980s gravity shooter Thrust was one of my absolute favourites; I loved having to manoeuvre your ship through the caves and pick-off the bad guys. It was a style of game I adored which you just don’t see any more and I realised there is a whole generation who hasn’t played these exceptional games. Captain Kaon takes the best bits from this classic genre and brings them into the 21st century”.
What is Captain Kaon?
Developed by UK-based Engage Pixel, Captain Kaon is a 1980s Thrust and Gravitar inspired twin-stick gravity shooter. Here are some of the key features:
- Enjoy classic sci-fi, tilt/thrust gravity-based gameplay
- Battle enemies with twin-stick or 360° mouse aim
- Explore vibrant Amiga-style pixel art environments
- Manage resources and carefully select missions in Campaign Mode
- Relive this ‘forgotten’ shmup sub-genre
- Launching for PC today. Xbox One coming soon!
Story of Captain Kaon
The overcrowded Earth has found a new home among the stars, a clutch of habitable worlds in the Regulus sector. But this new paradise did not last long as a strange alien force began a relentless assault on their colonies. This threat to human expansion could not go unchallenged. In response the Earth has sent the finest ships in the Interstellar Navy to defend the colonists and protect its interests. Left behind are the old and the out-of-date, led by the flagship Argus; a small fleet of relics to defend our only home.
Hot-headed and insubordinate, Captain Talia ‘Kaon’ Altaras is facing court martial when war breaks out. Hoping this new conflict gives her the chance for salvation, she instead finds herself left behind. With the Argus operating on a skeleton crew, she has been assigned as its sole gunship pilot. In the midst of this uncertainty the miners of Ceres revolt against Earth’s rule, refusing to supply the fleet with the deuterium fuel it sorely needs. Without it the fleet in Regulus will be unable to fight and Earth will become vulnerable. Only Captain Kaon can fly her gunship through the twisting tunnels beneath Ceres surface and fight the revolt.
Assets and info
Captain Kaon is now available to purchase (£4.99, $6.99, €6.99) and download for PC in all countries on Steam.
About Engage Pixel - Captain Kaon’s Development Story
James Buckle learned to code on an old second hand Sinclair ZK Spectrum he was gifted as a boy in the 1980s. From his childhood home in Horsham, England, James drew inspiration from long gaming sessions playing classic space shooters such as Thrust and Gravitar. The Spectrum became an Amiga, which in turn became a PC. James’ dedication to games development grew, which lead to a role at Bullfrog and a twelve year stint at Creative Assembly. After relishing the AAA development environment it was the call of purer, simpler gaming that returned James to the coding for which he was truly passionate. Captain Kaon is a love letter to those early years, with the game releasing for PC in April 2017. For more information, please visit engagepixel.com.
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