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 Post subject: Astroforce Uchusentai - my free Android shooter is live!
PostPosted: Thu Jun 27, 2019 12:48 am 


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Hi everyone!

I released a new retro-style game to the Google Play Store and I'm excited to share it with you here! And it is free!

It is not a secret that I love shmups! I've been playing (and collecting) them since the 1990s (I literally own hundreds of them, much to my wife's chagrin). I've always wanted to create a procedurally generated Gradius, Darius or RayStorm (to only name a few). Astroforce is my first attempt at creating a shooter that never ends. The game is based on a game I developed for the Atari ST in the 1990s (imho, I was a teenager and it was far from a masterpiece), but I borrowed a lot of ideas and concepts from it to create Astroforce. Don't hesitate to let me know if you'd like to hear more about my old games, I'm always game to discuss this part of my past :)

Astroforce Uchusentai is a vertical and fast-paced fixed shoot'em up in the tradition of the classic arcade games from the 80s and 90s. Fight endless waves of enemy ships and battle powerful bosses. Increase destructive capabilities by collecting Victory Points and use them to activate new heavy weaponry! Unlock new ships as you progress through the game! Fire away!

If you have an android phone, please give Astroforce Uchusentai a try. I hope you'll like the game, and it will help me decide if this is something worth pursuing - I have so many ideas and I'm dying to create more complex procedural shmups in the future!

Here is a video of the latest devlog:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DNO85Bn0yxk

Download it for free on Google Play:
https://play.google.com/store/apps/deta ... astroforce

If you're interested in the project, here is the official page for Astroforce Uchusentai :
http://www.squidbeamgames.com/astroforce

Thank you all for your help and support, and please don't hesitate to let me know what you think, being positive or negative :)

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 Post subject: Re: Astroforce - my new Android shooter is available for fre
PostPosted: Thu Sep 26, 2019 1:29 pm 


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Looking great.
Only the download link dont works, and i dont want anything from google.


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 Post subject: Re: Astroforce - my new Android shooter is available for fre
PostPosted: Thu Nov 14, 2019 10:02 pm 


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heli wrote:
Looking great.
Only the download link dont works, and i dont want anything from google.


I'm so sorry, I had to temporarily pull the game from the store. For some obscure reasons, Google terminated my ad account. I was back at work and didn't have much time to take care of this issue. I'm now going to look into it and will hopefully reactive the game soon. Sorry for the inconvenience... :(
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 Post subject: Re: Astroforce - my new Android shooter is available for fre
PostPosted: Sat Nov 16, 2019 7:34 am 


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Wow, that looks like a nice game, with a sweet design. I'll download it as soon as it's available again. Don't hesitate to share an apk. :wink:

Didn't know you developed some games on your spare time, Laurent. Congrats, another string to your bow !


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 Post subject: Re: Astroforce - my new Android shooter is available for fre
PostPosted: Thu Jan 09, 2020 9:27 pm 


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Hi everyone!

The game is back on the Google Play store! Sorry if I had to remove it a couple of months ago, but a major issue came up and I had to unpublish the game for a short while.

But it is now back! And I've used that opportunity to add all eight unlockable ships (only four were initially available), add a couple more power-ups and to also design a handful of new enemies, and tune-up things here and there.

If you had the game already installed on your phone, please update it to the latest version :)
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 Post subject: Re: Astroforce - my new Android shooter is available for fre
PostPosted: Thu Jan 09, 2020 9:43 pm 


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sebnec wrote:
Wow, that looks like a nice game, with a sweet design. I'll download it as soon as it's available again. Don't hesitate to share an apk. :wink:

Didn't know you developed some games on your spare time, Laurent. Congrats, another string to your bow !


Yo Sebnec!!! So cool to see you here!!! Astroforce is finally back on the Google Play store if you want to give it a try :)

I'm usually anxious to share my apks online because of piracy - mind you, the game was already available on pirated website less that a week after the official release on the Google Play store. Amazing.

And yeah! You already know that I love playing games, but I also love making them! As a teenager, back in the 1990s, I used to make games for the Atari ST. Astroforce is actually based on a small game I did back then. I've always been making games on the side, but I decided in 2016 to be a little more serious about it. I started my little studio and have been making/publishing my games since then. Haven't found a way to make a living from them yet though ;)

Take care mate! Hope you're doing great!!!
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 Post subject: Re: Astroforce - my new Android shooter is available for fre
PostPosted: Sun Jan 26, 2020 2:16 am 


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Hi everyone!

I did a little more work on my Android game Astroforce and I just released a new version with some cool updates! Some are minor (such as small visual effects) whereas others, such as the ominous segmented snakes, really spice up the game!

Here are a couple of GIFs showing some of the new updates in action!
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Thank you all for your help and support, don't hesitate to let me know what you think, be it positive or negative :)
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 Post subject: Re: Astroforce Uchusentai - my free Android shooter is live!
PostPosted: Thu Oct 15, 2020 6:52 pm 


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Hi everyone!

I just released a new update for my Android retro-style shooter Astroforce Uchusentai! In this update, I tweaked the look and improved some of the visual effects, added new enemies, two boss designs, new power-ups (grand total of 20!). Most importantly, I changed the way how power-ups appear in the game and you now collect Victory Points in order to unlock them!

You can watch the latest dev-log if you're interested!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DNO85Bn0yxk

Here are a couple of GIFs showing some of the new updates in action!
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Thank you all for your help and support, and please don't hesitate to let me know what you think, being positive or negative :)
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