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Spacejacked: Endless Mode

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Ardent Supporter 5 Points

Visit the Greenlight webbie link.

Piece of Cake 5 Points

Finish the tutorial.

Baby Steps 10 Points

Have 11 turrets on the spaceship.

Dave the Builder 25 Points

Have 22 turrets on the spaceship.

Hugo's Poison 25 Points

Defeat a Hugo.

I'm a Survivor! 50 Points

Survive 20 waves.

Master Builder 50 Points

Have 33 turrets on the spaceship.

Perfectionist 50 Points

Survive 11 consecutive waves without any core taking damage.

The Untouchable 50 Points

Survive 11 consecutive waves without Dave getting hurt.

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SPACEJACKED IS COMING TO STEAM!!!
https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=398146007

For a native PC build (Windows, Mac, Linux), download at:
http://www.indiedb.com/games/spacejacked/downloads

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Build. Shoot. Survive invasion by filthy alien scum.
Can YOU, Space Technician ace Dave Paprovsky, defend your spaceship against a relentless horde of aliens? Expect arena shooter action, tower defense tension and multi-arena madness!

Spacejacked is an arena-based shooter with elements of tower defense. Control Dave, a lone technician tasked with protecting the whole spaceship from being overrun by aliens while it prepares to warp into hyperspace.

The Endless Mode is one of the modes of the PC version of Spacejacked which is currently in development.

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Controls:
WASD for movement.
J to shoot.
K to interact with objects.
Esc to pause.
0 to toggle audio mute.
- to decrease audio volume.
= to increase audio volume.

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Developed by Rotten Mage: https://twitter.com/RottenMage
Music by sawsquarenoise: http://rolemusic.sawsquarenoise.com/p/discography.html

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Great genre mix (platformer/tower defense) with many interesting ideas. This game's difficulty level and its high speed made me sweat a lot. It was a very enjoyably hard experience, at least till I've reached the 20-th level and then the game became insanely difficult to me.
I have to say, that my three major criterions in any game analysis are the extent to which game utilizes its gameplay mechanics, how this mechanics interact with the story and artistic style to produce an integral aesthetic experience of a game, and how fun and interesting this experience is to me.
First off, this game has some fresh and interesting mechanic innovations. As I've noted above, I found combination of tower-defense and platformer elements very enjoyable. Gravity-switching mechanic allows to extract more advantage from two-dimensional flat platformer-like space by opening it's otherwise wasted verticality. Controls take time to adjust, but when they do, movement and navigation start to feel very natural. Turrets mechanic too does not work in a way one could have expected, and a player accustomed to more standard tow-def. rules (as me myself) could experience some hard times adopting to it. But after a few failed attempts I figured that this game requires more flexible approach to resource, space and turret managing: no penalty for turret deconstruction encourages players to shift their defenses according to the situation. Key to a timely turret management is good tactical and strategic thinking and precise spatial orientation. That's where gravity-switching platformer mechanics comes at hand, closing a circle of my description. Game's overall shortage of locations is compensated by the variety of ways you can enhance your defense’s efficiency: by combining different types of turrets, different locations, relocating turrets "on the move", shifting between locations, shooting enemies yourself, optimizing your shooting position, upgrading turrets, etc. Unfortunately though, shooting mechanics feel somewhat underdeveloped and most of the time pretty pointless; same goes for the turret upgrade system (in most tow-def. games player's choices oscillate between location and upgrades. here clear advantage is on the side of location, since you will rarely have enough resources to upgrade more than one turret, and at this point this upgrade will not do much difference).
Second, game's theme, music and graphics I found very well designed and quite fitting for the overall gameplay tempo and rhythm. Music, in my opinion, is especially important, since, while keeping player constantly on the edge, it creates frantic hyper dynamic rhythm that encourages player to move, think and react faster. Also game is very well visually organized. Interface is simple and clear, which allows more fluid and uninterrupted gameplay experience to occur.
Overall, playing this game was one of the most refreshing and exhilarating experiences I've had in a long time. It offers real challenge, while also creating some space for players muscle to grow, so to speak, and to achieve high scores through developing actual skills. With that said, this game also has some gameplay mechanics issues and definitely itself has some room to grow.

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