A bit about our #GBJAM 5 ENTRY – INFEST:STATION Endless Swarm

Kaiser, here. Co-founder of GPAC. Over the last week I set aside some time each night to make a game for the #GBJAM 5 (Game Boy Jam #5). I’m a huge retro fan. A part of me will always love the pixelated arts of yesteryear and am excited that new games are still being made in the classic style. The rules of the game jam were simple enough: Must be in 4 colors and done in the native Game Boy resolution of 160×144. Other than that, anything goes! And thus INFEST:STATION Endless Swarm was born – an arcade-style shoot-em-up where setting the High Score is the only goal.
https://gpacgames.itch.io/infest-station-endless-swarm

THE ORIGINAL CONCEPT

When I was 1st inspired by the idea of doing the GBJAM I immediately thought of doing a shmup, a fav genre of mine. I thought a small 3 stage vertical shooter with a couple power-ups and bosses would be simple enough so I did a couple of mock-ups to get the creative juices flowing and dubbed it Infest:Station.

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The story was to be that aliens had infested a space station and it was up to the player to fly in, blast away the enemy then fly out a hero…

BEST LAID PLANS OF MICE AND MEN…

As the days went on and the clock furiously ticked on, it became clear the original idea was not going to happen. It is a common occurance in game dev when you have to change course mid-stream. The 3 stage shmup with power-ups then became an endless shooter. Thus the story changed. Now, you are a pilot on a suicide mission to take out as many of an invading swam of aliens as you can in hopes to buy your people some time to prepare for the massive force coming for them. Infest-Station then became INFEST:STATION Endless Swarm.

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WHAT’S NEXT

I’d like to think of Endless Swarm as a prequel to the full game I intended to make. So if things fall into place, a full blown proper vertical shooter will follow-up then after that wrapping up the story with a platforming side-scroller concept that I had awhile back that easily fits into the storyline. So be sure to follow-us on Twitter & Facebook to keep up to date on the future of the INFEST:STATION series and other GPAC games!

Check out Endless Swarm, let us know what you think, and share your High Scores with us! https://gpacgames.itch.io/infest-station-endless-swarm

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