Currently in the final stretch of it’s Kickstarter, Starr Mazer seeks to combine elements of shoot ‘em ups and point and click adventures. If you’re interested in point and click adventures but want a little something more, you might want to check out Starr Mazer.
Nostalgia vs. Innovation
The game is marketed as equal parts nostalgia and innovation. The art style is referential and colorful, an ode to an older generation of games. But it isn’t straight pixel art. As the Kickstarter page says:
The art in Starr Mazer isn’t something that could easily run on a 16-bit processor, but it looks like what you remember those games looking like the first time your cathode ray tube blasted the RF input out of the most advanced gaming technology of its time.
The nostalgia is apparent in the art style, a style that evokes a different time even as it does not parrot it.
The story feels like one you’ve heard before — a rogue-ish pilot, a bunny suited lady, space after a war has decimated the population and a galaxy that needs a hero. Its familiar characters in a familiar world, though Imagos Softworks promises a bit more with their OMG system. OMG stands for Open-Middled Gameplay, and it is designed to shake up individual playthroughs. The developers describe Starr Mazer as a television series where the episodes can happen in any order. The way you handle them can change the way the game goes, even though the beginning and ending remain constant.
If this sounds like something that’s up your alley, you can back the Kickstarter through Feb 21.