Sep 18, 2013
We here at Android Rundown are an avid collection of gamers, and like most gamers we all have a strong appreciation for the classics which explains why we cannot leave a game like Blood Alloy alone and not feature it in this week’s KickStarter Spotlight. Taking cues from influential games such as Metroid, Turrican, and Dark Souls, Blood Alloy presents an intense, moody, and gorgeous 2-D shooter. The gameplay is very reminiscent of the original Metroid games in the fact that is a two dimensional open-world platformer, and the fact that the main character is female and partially robotic are not so subtle homages to the classic game. Blood Alloy looks to play much faster than Metroid, however, and I feel this introduction of breakneck speed will really set it apart from other similar games on the Ouya marketplace.
Jumping, diving, and shooting through each level is augmented by incredible art design that immediately reminded me of Blade Runner, and gave the game a cool dystopian feel. Talking to the developer behind Suppressive Fire Games; Frank Washburn, he noted that the artists who worked on this game were directly influenced by Syd Mead who, in fact, designed the art style of Blade Runner as well as other popular films such as Tron and Aliens.
Currently, Blood Alloy is only planned to be available on Mac, PC, and Ouya, but the developers are working hard to add the Xbox and PlayStation to that list. What is not being included are mobile devices. I was told that because of the hectic pace of Blood Alloy the use of virtual buttons would be “suboptimal.” This is wholly understandable as that has always been the major knock on mobile gaming is that flat glass is no replacement for tactile buttons and analog sticks. This rings especially true for a game that needs split-second reflexes in order to stay alive.
So, in conclusion, Blood Alloy is a game that seriously looks great and with its frenetic and stylized gameplay I have no doubts that it will be a game that we will be talking about for some time to come. Unfortunately, in order for this to ever see the Ouya it has to be funded; which is something that Blood Alloy thoroughly deserves.