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Action - Shooter - Multidirectional

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Aug 12, 2011 | 2:23 PM EDT

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Bombardier 5 Points Throw your first bomb
Enlightened 5 Points Watch the credits until the end
First Blood 5 Points Kill your first enemy
Private 5 Points Complete Chapter 1 on Normal difficulty
Airforce Specialist 10 Points Complete Chapter 2 on Hard difficulty
Airman 10 Points Complete Chapter 1 on Hard difficulty
Conscientious Objector 10 Points Complete Chapter 2 without shooting
Corporal 10 Points Complete Chapter 2 on Insane difficulty
Ensign 10 Points Complete Chapter 3 on Insane difficulty
Kitty 10 Points Acquire 9 lives
Master Sergeant 10 Points Complete Chapter 3 on Hard difficulty
Millionaire 10 Points Earn 1 million points
Officer 10 Points Complete Chapter 2 on Normal difficulty
Pacifist 10 Points Complete Chapter 1 without shooting
Senior Airman 10 Points Complete Chapter 1 on Insane difficulty
Sergeant 10 Points Complete Chapter 3 on Normal difficulty
Story Nerd 10 Points Watch all 6 cutscenes without skipping
Air Force General 25 Points Beat the game on Normal difficulty
Brigadier General 25 Points Complete Chapter 5 on Insane difficulty
Captain 25 Points Complete Chapter 4 on Insane difficulty
Colonel 25 Points Complete Chapter 5 on Hard difficulty
Commander 25 Points Complete Chapter 4 on Hard difficulty
Lieutenant 25 Points Complete Chapter 4 on Normal difficulty
Major 25 Points Complete Chapter 5 on Normal difficulty
Passive Resister 25 Points Complete Chapter 3 without shooting
Space Admiral 50 Points Beat the game on Hard difficulty
Intergalactic Admiral 100 Points Beat the game on Insane difficulty

Author Comments

Finally, after more than a year of development I am proud to present this Nanobeast to fellow newgroundians.

The game is a challenging retro shooter with an interesting upgrade system that involves collecting power-ups. However, when you collect a power-up (P) that does not mean you have upgraded immediately. You get to choose how to use those power-ups to upgrade your general stats:
- speed of your ship (you need 1 power-up)
- power of your weapon (you need 2 power-ups)
- fire rate of your weapon (you need 3 power-ups)
- bombs (you need 4 power-ups)
- lives (you need 5 power-ups)

There are 2 additional weapons to be collected as you play: missiles and side gun.

There are 27 medals to be achieved, go get them!!!


Use the arrow keys to move
Press 'A' to shoot left
Press 'D' to shoot right
Press 'S' to activate your current power-up level
Press 'W' to release a bomb

The game is generally very challenging. There are three difficulty settings: normal, hard and insane. There is no easy.

The highscore system multiplies your score depending on which difficulty setting you play and how many medals you have collected.

The game features original 8-bit music written especially for 'Nanobeast' by Christian Erenskjold a.k.a Coffee-Break, a very talented NG musician. Other musicians who also contributed are listed in the credits.

I have been developing and beta testing this game heavily for a long time. Any feedback and ideas will be greatly appreciated.


Daily 1st, Weekly 2nd in games, Weekly 8th overall and more than 350K plays? Thank you Newgrounds! You guys are absolutely outstanding!!! Every single one of you.

Hope you enjoy and see you soon with another game!

- Hristo Atanasov (RatherRandom)



Rated 3 / 5 stars

Alright, I suppose.

I understand the concept, really, but I couldn't enjoy it. I'm using Internet Explorer 8, and every other key I hit stuck, and I was sent rocketing in that direction with no control over it. i know it can't be my keyboard, because it's never done this on other games, so please try and find a solution. Now, with that aside, onto the review! I assume it was meant to have pixelated graphics, so I think you did well there. As for the sounds, it sounded like you pulled them off of a soundboard. The voice acting was just lazy, and generally, I'm unimpressed. I know my review is a little harsh, and it would probably be better if I included the gameplay, but I can't do that until I know of a solution to that glitch I'm suffering from. Don't let my review discourage you from making more, by all means, no. Please make another, and use this one as a learning experience. Good luck, and I look forward to better games in the future. ^ ^

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Rated 3 / 5 stars

Slightly above average, almost fun!

I love pixelated games, especially of the 8 and 16 bit eras.
However the art in this game is less than inspiring, and is, really rather boring.

The music is good.

The game's set up suffers from major logic flaws. Why are you only able to shoot left OR right at any given time? Why not both? Or at least have a button which alternates shots fired from left to right without having to tap A and D over and over.

Since we're able to aim left or right, why can't we aim up and down as well? This would make sense since the enemies are too big compared to the size of the game window.

After a few levels I just found this game to be boring and uninspiring. also the upgrade system is FAR from unique, seeing as how its almost identical to Gradius III, minus the customization options.

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Rated 3 / 5 stars

Plz add this.

It's really great, but I think that you should be able to upgrade previous things that cost less (p) things (whatever those are) when you get them, if there isn't a way to. Because I'd rather have increased fire rate than an extra life in some situations...
And there's also a few other flaws, like you can't move all that fast, i know you can upgrade it, but even with the upgrades.
Also 3 levels is not enough, not at all. There are lots of medals to get and I'm happy about that, but make this game more epic (literally) by adding more levels. That would do.
I had to mute the music so I can't say anything about that. Good game otherwise.


Rated 3 / 5 stars

i fucking hate sticky keys

great but its too damn hard with the keys doing whatever it wants

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Rated 3 / 5 stars


Im sorry, but the bfirst thing that attracted me to this game was this part of the text an I quote: " ...challenging retro shooter with a unique upgrade system that involves collecting..."
ARE YOU KIDDING ME?! This is NOT unique at all! THis "system" was way back implemented in games such as Life-force on the NES. I can maybe understand you did not know about these kind of games, but at LEAST you could do a little research before you say it's unique.
Apart from that, the game is decent, nice job.

RatherRandomReality responds:

Ok, look, as I've said in other responses, I have not played all those games and I believe the upgrade system can be called unique on an online Flash game level. But just so I don't irritate people like you who get so anal about the definition of unique, I've changed it from "unique" to "interesting". Happy now?