Released in the present day, And All Would Cry Beware suits in properly alongside Renegade Sector Games’s different stuff by trying like a portal to a parallel timeline the place the Sega Saturn reigns supreme. Described by solo dev Alec Stamos as “a fast-paced 90s-style shooter with a Metroidvania Structure”, it’s a chunky exploration platform shooter set on an odd alien world. I’ve had half a watch on this one’s manufacturing, from earliest ideas to launch, and whereas I’ve not performed it, I’d count on a brief however candy game stuffed with chunky textures and low-poly monsters. See the launch trailer beneath.
The Renegade Sector games are high-quality examples of what one individual can do in just some months with trendy instruments and a while. They’re tough, chunky and doubtlessly straightforward to interrupt, however there’s actual coronary heart to them. This one specifically appears like a meditation on simply how one can cram the Metroid Prime expertise into one thing one individual can create rapidly. Even the story — the participant falling by means of a portal into an odd alien world the place few had gone earlier than — seems like a measured selection to clarify why there’s so many semi-abstract enemies, however few characters round.
While I’ve not sunk as a lot time into the Renegade Sector games as I’d have favored, they’re good enjoyable and all have a really explicit set of old-school sensibilities. Bullets are gradual sufficient to dodge, bosses are aggressive and spammy, and polygons are to be fastidiously budgeted, lest we run out of the finite provide of them mined from the planet’s rendering core. A little bit of an acquired style, however I’m curious to see what Stamos’s tackle Metroid is like, particularly after having a lot enjoyable with Cold Vengeance, his chunky 3D throwback to the times of arcade shooters like Cabal.
And All Would Cry Beware is out now on Steam and Itch for £5.75/€6.55/$7.99. You can discover the remainder of the Renegade Sector games here on Itch, most of them discounted within the huge Itch summer sale.