SUBSTREAM is a third-person shmup that's choreographed to music. Substream is an abstract aerial shooter where you battle the waves of attacking enemies. But it's not that simple, because space is wrapped. Enemies appear in multiple positions ahead of you, and your lone fighter ship is a squadron stretching off to infinity. Expect to be flanked by enemies that are right in front of you. Every level in the game has been animated with a different musical genre and the entire environment is dynamic. Terrain and scenery morphs and pulses with the rhythms, melodies and themes of the soundtrack. Substream is being developed for Windows PC.

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0 comments by benbradley on May 31st, 2015

Urban Environment

It's been a while since my last post, but I’ve completed three levels environments, finished two playable levels, and done a lot of additional development like optimization, installers and interfaces. For fun I also developed a mode for 3D red-blue glasses (although I’ve subsequently broken it, but maybe it’ll become an unlockable or something).

Red Blue Glasses Mode

Out of all this work, it’s those technical jobs which have taken up most of my time. I recently rebuilt the city level’s environment to get rid of some of the uglier sections and make it more varied. This came together in a couple of weeks. I’m looking forward to getting stuck in to more level, gameplay and beautifying code. Over the last six months I’ve been lucky enough to land a part-time programming contract. This have taken up most of my time, but means I’ve been able to pay my bills and still leave some weekdays free to develop Substream.

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anthony865 Jul 29 2014, 7:56pm says:

This game looks amazing mainly because of the music and how smooth everything goes. Although there is already a game where the music syncs to the game, but that is in 2d and this is taking it to a whole new level. (I guess you could say a new dimension XD) But anyways, I am really looking forward for this game to come out!

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cruciFICTION Jan 20 2011, 1:50pm says:

The music in that video is absolutely lovely. I look forward to the OST. =D

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benbradley Jan 22 2011, 5:56am replied:

@Cruciform Thanks! I'm really pleased with the way the soundtrack is coming together. It's a wide variety, every track's by a different artist. :o)

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OrangeNero Jan 19 2011, 6:37pm says:

looks very promising, i really love the idea to make the game sync to the music. will we be able to choose our own music?

tracking :-)

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benbradley Jan 22 2011, 5:56am replied:

@Orange131326 Hey thanks! It's not my aim to allow music to be imported, because I wanted Substream's animations tied much more closely with the audio's mood and melody. If you're interested I wrote more about this here:

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EmanueleParis Sep 18 2010, 3:50pm says:

Love it. Hope you'll be able to make a OSX release, looking forward to it.

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benbradley Jan 22 2011, 5:57am replied:

@EmanueleParis Yes I would love to do an OSX version! It may be that a PC version comes out first and then an OSX version would follow, but it's definitely in consideration.

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