Contra Meets Starship Troopers In Co-op Platformer Hive Jump

Graphite Lab's first crack at a Kickstarter for its side-scrolling, co-op shooter Hive Jump didn't go so well, amassing just $US6157 of its lofty $US75,000 goal. Now, six months later, the developer is having another go, this time with external funding, updated visuals and a thumbs-up from Valve to sell the game on Steam. Suffice it to say, it's already doing a lot better the second time round.

The game's lined up for release on PC, Mac and Linux as well as the Wii U, which going by the gameplay video, seems a natural fit. Set in the 24th century, where humanity is engaged in a Starship Troopers-like scenario of battling space bugs in underground nests, up to four players can delve into a series of procedurally-generated levels with "hand-designed challenges". Upgradeable weapons allow you to keep on top of the alien menace and a "campaign" layer keeps things interesting from a top-level perspective.

Right now Hive Jump is sitting on $US18,620 of its $US50,000 target and while it has a solid start to its Kickstarter, it has 20 days to get the other $US31,380. Is it possible? Definitely, though Graphite Lab will probably need something a little extra to push it across the line.

Hive Jump [Kickstarter, via RPS]


Comments

    Sufficed to say, it’s already doing a lot better the second time round.
    This should be Suffice it to say.
    Yes, I am a teacher of English. Why do you ask?

      Really? I'm not doubting you because I aren't speaka da English too good, but suffice it to say sounds weird, I've always said suffice to say. The more you know!

    I was so 'meh yet another kickstarter' on this, and then I saw the gameplay. And what they're trying to do. And the co-op options. Yep, have $60 of my moolah so 3 mates and I can indulge in some shenanigans for a bit :D

    Pretty awesome! For some reason it reminds me of the old arcade game O.S.C.A.R.

    Anyone remember that? Never knew what the acronym stood for, though...

    http://www.arcade-museum.com/images/118/1181242142202.png

    Well I'll be! It was just straight up Oscar and it never stood for anything.

    Last edited 18/08/14 9:42 pm

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