Indie retro tributes are a dime a dozen, but the with out a doubt gorgeous ones are rarer than you assume. Blazing Chrome, a 2019 flee ‘n’ gun channeling Contra III, is with out a doubt one of them. And at the moment time its builders at JoyMasher announced they’ve got a brand novel one within the works known as Vengeful Guardian: Moonrider. It’s on the total 16-Bit Ninja Gaiden, and it looks rad.
You play as a ninja cyborg who rises up against its masters and takes on an navy of sizable troopers to dismantle the totalitarian regime ruling over a dystopic future. Alongside the vogue you’ll to find novel upgrades and skills, and slash via some detailed bosses. It moreover looks admire you’ll fetch to transfer stout Akira bike dash at some level. Judge Contra with a sword.
Right here’s the trailer:
Over at the PlayStation Blog, artwork director Danilo Dias listed a preference of inspirations for the eye and feel of Vengeful Guardian. One glaring reference level is H.R. Giger of Alien reputation whose fusion of organic curves and steel surfaces is on sure advise within the game’s sci-fi honest. However Dias moreover lists Keita Amemiya, the director of 1991 Eastern sci-fi movie Zeiram, and Eastern TV sequence admire Genocyber and Cybernetic Guardians as inspirations besides.
Dias moreover admits that there’s a vogue of competition within the retro ninja facet-scroller class. There’s The Messenger,Katana Zero, and Cyber Shadow to title honest a few. I’d even throw mini-arcade nostalgia hit Steel Assault into the combine. Clearly, all of those were sizable, in phase which implies that of they every excelled at one thing varied.
With any luck, Vengeful Guardian is in a attach to slit out a an identical niche. Blazing Chrome was once a refreshingly tight and targeted arcade hit at a time when Metroidvanias and roguelites were dominating Steam. JoyMasher’s latest is currently slated to advance on PlayStation, Swap, and PC this autumn.