Level 2: The Virus Master is a fever dream retro shoot-em-up that assaults your senses from start to finish with a spectacular display of Giger-esqe pixel art, huge bosses and a rawkus metal soundtrack.
This is a promotional game for a band called ‘Last Chance to Reason‘ based on the tracks ‘Coded to fail‘ and ‘Taking Control‘ from their album titled ‘Level 2‘. This is an SHMUP with a twist: most of the actions are in sync with the music. The game will also feature lip sync animations on most of the boss characters. The animations for the lip syncs aren’t fully implemented, but you can press F10 if you’d like to see the placeholder animation.
Gameplay is inspired by classics such as R-Type, Contra, and Super Metroid, can be played on controller or mouse & Keyboard, and lasts for the length of 2 songs. There’s no fail state, but you’ll have to work really hard to get those ‘S’ Rankings. Gameplay syncs wonderfully to the music, elevating it into a fantastic (if slightly disturbing) audio/visual experience.
The game’s developer – John Bell – is very keen to hear any feedback, so feel free to leave comments below, or on the TIG forums.
UPDATE: This Alpha Is No Longer Available