DEATH RAY MANTA
Death Ray Manta is an attempt at finding the videogame equivalent of the perfect 2 1/2 minute pop song. A flashing, glowing exploration of the history of arena shooters condensed into the now. It's a game about finding and embracing the moment, celebrating everything videogame and being videogame. It's also an arena shooter where you blow stuff up and flash lights in your face. Because videogames. Death Ray Manta is videogames.
Also colours. It definitely has colours. It looks and moves and sounds like this:
You can get it from here starting at $0.99 with 4 other excellent games
When not moving it sometimes looks like this:
Loads of screenshots and stuff can be found by clicking here.
Playing the game is dead simple.
1. SPAWN - Yay, the game does this for you.
2. LOOK AT SCREEN - Oh my, it's full of aliens!
3. KILL ALL THE ALIENS - Quickly before they kill you.
4. COLLECT THE SPACE TIFFIN - Because tasty space tiffin is good for extra firepower and one whole extra point per stage.
5. TRY AND SCORE 64 - Because everyone adores 64.
Here's some nice words that's already been said about it.
“Just when you thought Rob Fearon’s shmups couldn’t get any more eye-bleedingly confusing, they did”
“You know that cacophony that greets you when you walk into a big arcade? You know, the sort of one they have at the end of Brighton pier. The sound of 60 different games being played at max volume, with boozed up people shouting at each other over the top and neon everywhere and flashing disco lights and there are little kids running all over the place and you’ve had too much fizzy sherbert but you kind of like it? Fearon’s games are a bit like that” – Scripted Sequence
“If you’ve ever played Geometry Wars you’ll know that it’s fast paced, colourful and addictive. Now imagine that times forty with a side order of crazy and more visual stimulation than you could ever imagine” – The Reticule
“After spending some time with DRM though, I realize that this is very much a celebration of the videogame” – I Luv Games
“I honestly believe cacophony is the only way to describe what I have saw, as each and every enemy burst into vibrant colors which filled the screen. It could almost be considered parody of arcade game graphics” – Indie Game Mag
“the sort of thing you’ll want to play if you’ve ever shivered in delight at the touch of primary-coloured lasers against a black, vacuumous background” – PCGamesN
“It’s looking rather beautiful” – RockPaperShotgun
“It’s a polymorphous colour cluster. An effervescent, saccharine, gum-rotting sherbet dip that crackles in your mouth and turns your piss pink. And I can’t get enough of it.” – ClickIndie
“Lord, look at those colors. It’s beautiful, isn’t it? Bright, cheerful, and hectic” – GameRanx
For the first fortnight, it's available as Pay What You Want through Bundle In A Box from as little as $0.99 because y'know, making games and making them affordable is pretty important.
It's available in Windows and in OSX flavours.
Where to buy?
AVAILABLE TO BUY FROM BAGFULL OF WRONG
Reluctantly, yeah. It's a really hard game to show off because it's meant to be played from 1-as far into 32 as you can get in one sitting so splitting it off makes no sense whatsoever. But, y'know, maybe you -really- need to know if your computer runs it or not so whilst I work out a better way to put a demo together and make it really nice, here's a chopped out slice of the first 12 stages.
DEMO VIA STEAM WORKSHOP