Red Coat here, with some info on Vernacular’s current video game project: Jacob’s Highway, Highway to the Moon. The game falls into the category of games called SHMUPs. For those of you that don’t know the term, SHMUP is a convenient scrunching of the phrase Scrolling Shoot ’em up. The term is often used to refer to games where the screen continually scrolls in a direction, and the player can move about within the screen, shooting at enemies.
If you want an example, use your google-fu (or hit up the youtubes) and look up some of my favorite entries in the genre: Ikaruga, Gradius V, Einhander, and Strikers 1945. Galaga and Spy Hunter for you classic blokes out there.
Anyhoo, Highway to the Moon is a SHMUP that takes a note from Spy Hunter, where a road scrolls along with the screen, and the player must do what they can to help Jake stay on that road using his trusty motorcycle, the Red Hornet. Of course he’ll be harried by many enemies along the way (as is common for protagonists of the genre). He has the standard ability of being able to shoot anything that gets in his way, but he can also use a phasing ability to shift into an intangible state and dodge his enemies attacks. This also allows him to deal with gaps in the road. An important ability, since this particular road goes into the stratosphere. Falling several miles back down to Earth is not good for Jake’s health.
So that’s the basics of the game, although there’s a bit more to the gameplay, but we can get into that at another time.
For now, I leave you with a song I made for use in one of the game’s levels.
Stay fresh boyos.