Controls are very simple - there is fire to shoot, hold fire to activate the laser stream, bomb, and the color switch (more below). Firing the stream also slows the player down (which is customary in games of this sort) so there is a tactical component there. Bombs damage everything on screen and clear all the bullets, but are limited in supply.
The main twist with this shmup is two polarities of the main ship. All bullets in the game have 2 basic colors: red and blue. Each enemy can also be red and blue. Player can switch between two colors (polarities) of the main ship at any time, by switching the color of the shield. Shield can protect from a certain number of bullets of the same color, but getting touched by the opposite color kills the player. Once the polarity is activated, players shots and streaming are in that color. Enemies are also more vulnerable to one color of player's shots - making the player choose his color in consideration to enemies' color and current bullet color density on screen.
Psichodelya is a relatively small project - a game which would be a fast, old-school style top-down shmup (shoot-em-up). Our main influences are DoDonPachi, Ikaruga and ESPgaluda, others being Aero Fighters, Giga Wing, R-Type Delta, Raiden, and more recent Jamestown.
Target platforms would be Windows, Mac & Linux.
We have released the Demo version out there.
Follow this link.
There is a YouTube challenge if you think you're up for it, described on the download page.
Overall I'm pretty happy with how it turned out. It's challenging, fast but not brutal. The controls are smooth and there's the whole feeling of how the ship is a bit heavy, but still controllable. I'd say it's nicely varied. There's not too many 'popcorn' enemies.
Actually, let me show you how it really looks, there's a play online, but watching is very different from playing:
Anyway, we also have a new team member. He'll make a great addition to our team, so you can expect even shinier backgrounds :)
I have a question for visitors: when was the last time you saw a shmup with this much style?
Here are a few images: