Had to play with keyboard because my 360 and DS4 wouldn't work (360 worked at first but then the fire button kept bringing up the menu again). Really fun once you get the mechanics, I couldn't work it out until I saw the rolling demo in the background of the title screen was an, "Oh right!" moment and the barrel rolls etc. made total sense. Only thing I found a bit annoying was the wait between failing a boss battle and starting again and having to hear the dialogue/boss alert. I know it's a very small (and maybe intentional to give a breather) but I imagine as it gets harder this could be really frustrating especially since there's the trial and error element to boss fights. Of course it's entirely possible that I was just too rubbish at it to see what I was meant to do when the bosses launched their big attacks!
A downloadable game for Windows
In the distant future, humanity has discovered a method to replicate matter through the use of a Dimensional Gate. Industry is revolutionized overnight and a short period of chaos gives way to all warring factions uniting under a common banner.
A few years pass and the peace brought about by Gate Technology crumbles once a new threat appears; a race of energy parasites that have crossed through the Dimensional Gate by mimicking the very materials humanity had believed they were replicating. Mankind is quickly overtaken as their technology is turned against them and the energy emitted by the parasites begins to take control of those exposed.
In an act of desperation, the experimental RSK9 is constructed, a ship made of Pre-Gate materials and technology with the ability to absorb parasite energy and use it to power its incredible arsenal. Piloting the RSK9 is Alys, an ace pilot previously missing in action that has returned seemingly immune to parasite control. Her skill and resistance to the parasite energies influence make her the only pilot capable of preventing the extinction of mankind.
-Increase your B-Meter & firepower quickly by flying as close to enemy fire as possible and absorbing their energy. The closer you fly, the more energy you net!
-Fire your weapon while flying close to enemy fire and absorbing to perform powerful "Risk Shots". Enemies destroyed by these powered up shots will turn into energy to power your shield. The best defense is a risky offense!
-Fly like an ace pilot and utilize Barrel Rolls to quickly cover vertical space & modify your attack!
-Unleash the Barrier Breaker once the B-Meter is full to inflict huge damage on everything in sight!
-Playing for points is fun again as higher scores are awarded for explosive bursts of destruction and taking risks! Destroy multiple enemies at once and utilize "Risk Shots" to string together combos and increase your score multiplier!
-Experience different facets and paths to the story based on your performance and actions taken during missions!
-There is now a custom controls configuration menu. This is especially useful if your controller doesn't appropriately map the default configuration to the correct buttons. You can now choose to map movement to the right analog stick as well as shift the right analog stick movement by 90 degrees if it makes usage more comfortable. The default controls are A/X to Fire,B/Circle to use the Barrier Breaker, Left Shoulder/L1 to Barrel Roll Up, Right Shoulder/R1 to Barrel Roll down.
-The keyboard control scheme uses the C-key to fire, the X-key to perform a barrel roll down, S-key to perform a barrel roll up & the Z-key performs the Barrier Breaker. Arrow keys are used for movement by default however, movement can be set to the number pad or to any letter keys as keyboard control customization is now available.
-New Demo includes 2 missions!
-Toggle between full screen and windowed mode by pressing 'F4' or the number '9' key.
-Game is locked at 60 fps. Player discretion is advised for those with Photosensitive Epilepsy.
-Both Controller and Keyboard controls can be customized including the mapping of movement with the Control Configuration menu.
-X-Box One controllers and X-Box 360 controllers should have most recent drivers.
-Ps4 controllers will sometimes map incorrectly (the start button to R1 for eg.), this can be corrected by configuring controls.
-If Steam Big Picture support is enabled, control features can act unpredictably. It is recommended to have Big Picture support disabled/off when playing Risk System.
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Thanks for the playing! There are 2 potential culprits on the xbox360 controller issue but since it was working and then suddenly started quitting to menu my guess is you might have Steam or Steam Big Picture open/running (which for some reason likes to obliterate/override control schemes in certain games, ours currently included). Turning those off fixes the problem. If it isn't related to Steam I would suggest downloading the most recent 360 drivers, modern windows doesn't bundle 360 controller drivers in regular updates as they want everybody using xbone controllers so at times it is necessary to go and manually download them.
If neither of these things fixes the problem, please do let me know so I can note the problem on the page until some kind of fix is found.
The boss checkpoint placement is indeed meant to give a little breather but in some cases that time can also be used to mount a preemptive attack on the boss before the fight begins.
Thanks for the reply! I think you're right about the issue being drivers or Big Picture mode, I'm a bit scared to change anything in Steam since I finally got the DS4 working for Final Fantasy 15 with the correct button prompts. I remembered I had a wired Xbox One controller for the Steam Link in another room so plugged that in and after configuring the controls it worked fine. So much better playing with a controller, maybe I'll even beat the second boss! I love the feeling of having to move into danger to restore your health, it gives it such a unique feel compared to other shooters. I find myself trying to barrel roll back in the opposite direction too soon which is currently the main thing getting me killed.
So I saw this game at VGM Con last weekend but it was unplayable due to controller complications. I'm glad I looked this game up afterwards b/c this demo is nuts! Really love the visuals of the game and the effects are top notch! Gameplay is pretty addicting and I'm curious to see where this game goes once it's finished. The only thing I'm not really nuts about is the music. Definitely serviceable for what it is but for how aggressive the explosions and effects are, I guess I was expecting something more intense. But hey, that's probably just me wanting shmups to all sound like Tecno Soft shmups haha.
Anyways Great work guys! Can't wait to see more.
Thanks so much for playing! Glad you remembered you saw it at the con. On the music, the game is getting a totally new soundtrack as it's the one part people weren't having a major response to. The initial soundtrack would've worked better if this was a tv series or movie instead of a game so now music that better captures the spirit of gameplay is being made.
An updated demo with new music will be posted prior to the full game.
That’s great to hear. Your game has a lot of polish to it already so it would be great to see every part of it is firing in all cylinders. Also, I understand the initial plan is to kick this off on Windows but it would be killer if you ever brought this on the Switch! That system seems perfect for arcade games let alone shmups.
P.S. okay I just got to know, does firing while doing a barrel roll increase the fire rate? From look and sound it seems like it but I can’t tell for sure.
indeed rolling does increase your firing rate as well as the amount of energy you gain while near enemy fire. There are a lot of mechanics that mix into the roll that actually make it a super powerful offensive maneuver.
On the subject of a switch port, it does seem likely with just a few details to iron out provided there is a decent enough showing on pc.
Awesome game! The effects, fluid movement, style, music... I really love this.
Thank you so much!
Just saw you on ArtEaters twitter. Will need to check out!
Thank You! Been hard at work on finishing the full game and posting a vastly updated demo.
Just a heads up, my Xbox360 and Logitech controllers don't seem work with the game. Window 7. (Setting the Logitech controller to DInput mode does work tho)
Thanks for letting us know.
We will need to note that and see if it can be corrected. There have been a few head scratchers where an Xbone controller will work with the game on one pc and then the same controller on another wouldn't. The current theory is this happens if the player hasn't downloaded the current xbox controller drivers and is using the drivers that came pre-installed on windows7 and 10. This may or may not be the case for you. If you do have the time to download the drivers and give it a shot or if you already know the drivers are up to date & it didn't work, let us know.
And thanks for playing!
Yea, I know they're not up to date beacause I removed the downloaded drivers because of the popup that happened when using the "Xbox" button for reasons some time ago lol(was working on something at the time). So youre probably right and updating would probably fix it.
Thanks for the quick reply. Great game btw.