Tried out a demo for an upcoming beat ’em up called Okinawa Rush that’s been in development for a few years now and is planning a Kickstarter to finish things up.
Indie group Sokaikan is putting this one together and appears to be made up of only three people — Steve Miller, David Miller, and Gary Angelone.
They’ve assembled what feels to be the beginning of a great, retro-styled homage to the classic beat ’em ups of the past with solid 2D pixel art, a neat score, and plenty of bloody action. It doesn’t do the 2.5D of other beat ’em ups (such as in Streets of Rage or The Punisher where you can move back and forth as opposed to only moving left or right) but Okinawa Rush’s action feels right at home with the strict 2D approach seen in beat ’em ups like Irem’s Kung Fu Master from ’84. Or even hearkening back to Blizzard’s Blackthorne with its shotgun toting protagonist, only in Okinawa Rush, you’re doing the same thing with fists of brutal fury and secret martial arts techniques.
The downloadable demo from the link above features the first level of the game which finishes with a boss fight. It also shows off the dojo where you can actually train up stats, RPG like, and eventually add things to it thanks to a store feature that you can spend your hard earned cash in the game on things to improve its feng shui (and, as an added bonus, your stats beyond what their trained limits may be).
The demo is pretty beefy for a game that’s still in development and gives a really good idea of the direction that this beat ’em up is heading in. It has a granular difficulty setting (represented by martial arts belts like white and orange) that can decrease or raise the difficulty along with the cash dropped by the bad guys.
There’s also a boss rush feature (that pits you against the demo’s one boss) and a survival mode with waves of enemies. You can even train against the CPU. This is all on the surface, though — just a taste of what the full game could improve on as they continue development. It even recognizes my 360 controller (though not the d-pad for some reason). Good stuff. There’s even a feature for players to upload high scores to an online leaderboard.
Definitely keeping an eye on this one.